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  • 01.17.11

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Takes Another Medical Leave of Absence

Apple has announced that its board has granted Steve Jobs a medical leave of absence.

Steve Jobs at October 2010 event

A memo sent from Jobs to Apple employees reads:

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Team,

At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Steve

This is not the first time Jobs has had to take medical leave. In 2004, a cancerous tumor was discovered in his pancreas. Then in
January of 2009, Jobs took a six month leave culminating in a liver
transplant
at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in
Tennessee. Tim Cook stepped in as acting CEO during that time, but in
this instance Jobs will remain CEO while Cook handles daily operations.

The
announcement appears to have been carefully timed, being released on a
national holiday and one day before Apple’s quarterly earnings call.

[Image above from Jobs’s October 2010 event]

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