In luna ianuarie a anului 2011 Steve Jobs a intrat in concediu medical pe perioada nedeterminata si atunci multa lume credea ca in doar cateva luni fostul CEO va reveni la conducerea companiei asa cum facuse cu doar cativa ani in urma. In locul sau Tim Cook a preluat rolul de CEO si l-a detinut pana in prezent desi Steve Jobs a tinut sa prezinte tableta iPad 2 si sa dea startul conferintei anuale WWDC 2011. Din pacate perioada in care a lipsit de la conducerea companiei l-a determinat pe Steve Jobs sa ia decizia de a demisiona din functia de CEO detinuta la Apple de atatia ani de zile.
Steve Jobs a trimis o scrisoare consiliului director al companiei in care le cere sa ii accepte demisia si sa il mentina in calitatea sa de membru al consiliului director insa sa il numeasca pe Tim Cook drept CEO al companiei Apple. Scrisoarea a fost trimisa in cursul acestei seri si probabil va fi acceptata fara rezerve de membrii consiliului director iar conducerea companiei Apple va fi predata lui Tim Cook.
Steve Jobs a fost si va ramane mereu in mintea fanilor produselor Apple drept omul care a revolutionat smartphone-urile si tabletele, omul care a ridicat compania Apple din “ghearele” falimentului, omul fara de care Apple probabil nu ar fi existat astazi.
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.
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
“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.”
Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.
As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.