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Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO, replaced by Cook

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
News Categories: Apple

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has resigned his post as the company’s CEO according to an Apple press release posted on the company’s website this evening. Jobs will be replaced as CEO by current Apple COO Tim Cook, who has been running the company during Jobs’ extended medical leave, which began in January. Jobs will remain involved with the company as the Chairman of the Board; Cook will also join the board as a Director.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Below is a letter penned by Jobs to Apple’s board and the community.

“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve”

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I have given it a thought, what would happen if Steve Jobs would resign or leave Apple.  However, this news stroke me a bit.  for many of us, Steve Jobs was more then someone who brought new ideas and new technology to us.  Steve Jobs is Apple.  The first thought that comes up when we think at Apple, is Steve Jobs.  He didn’t made a few good products,.. he made Apple.  He is Apple. 

Thank you for Everything Steve.

Posted by Dennis Stahl on August 25, 2011 at 5:16 AM (PDT)

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