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CEO Steve Jobs Announces 'Medical Leave' From Apple

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 01-18-2011 Print
Apple COO Tim Cook will run the company's day to day operations as Jobs, who battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 and received a new liver in 2009, takes a medical leave of absence. No return date was offered.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Jan. 17 in an e-mail to Apple employees that he'll be taking another medical leave of absence to focus on his health.

Jobs didn't offer any details about his health, or how long he plans to be on his board-sanctioned leave, but he wrote that he'll continue to act as CEO and be involved in "major strategic decisions for the company." During his absence, however, COO Tim Cook will be responsible for the company'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," Jobs wrote. "I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can."

Almost exactly two years ago, Jobs, who in 2004 successfully battled pancreatic cancer, sent a similar letter to the "Apple community," saying that his weight loss and poor health in 2008 were due to a "hormone imbalance." However, a few days later, on Jan. 14, 2009, Jobs sent out a second letter saying that his health issues were "more complex than I originally thought." He added that curiosity over his failing health was a distraction to him and his family, as well as to everyone at Apple, and so he planned to take himself "out of the limelight" to focus on his health, and "allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products."

For more, read the eWeek article: Apple CEO Steve Jobs to Take Open-Ended Medical Leave.


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