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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence Until June (Full Email)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and Apple’s board have made clear that Jobs will be taking a medical leave of absence until June due to declining health reasons.

After initially releasing a report from both Apple’s board and Steve Jobs himself claiming he was healthy and would remain CEO until June, this about-face comes as a striking blow to shareholders, investors and enthusiasts alike.

Apple Media Advisory:

Jan 14, 2009 — Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:

Team, I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Source: Apple URL: http://www.apple.com www.prnewswire.com Copyright (C) 2009 PR Newswire. All rights reserved ( /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ )

We wish Steve the best.

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lucas @ January 14th, 2009 at 2:40 pm
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folks need to check their facts. Jobs never said he was healthy. he said he was getting healthy. and he is still CEO and is still casting his votes. just not sitting on the board room. there’s this thang called ichat. you might have heard of it if you use a Mac. very good at talking to folks from another room, building or even country if you are online.

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Aviv @ January 14th, 2009 at 3:07 pm
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Lucas, the facts are all out in the open. Aside from releasing a succession plan, it’s hard to tell what the fundamental reasoning for some of these “releases” are.

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