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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apple's SEO Steve Jobs resigned.

Steve Jobs, co-founder and two-time CEO of Apple, passed his resignation to the company’s board on Wednesday.

“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,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, that day has come.” 

Jobs has been in poor health for quite some time. Last January, he announced that he would be taking a medical leave of absence from the company. He returned to the public in March in launching of the iPad 2. 

Jobs advised the board to “execute our succession plan” — by selecting Tim Cook to replace him. Cook, formerly the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company, has been standing in for Jobs since January and was widely tipped to be his successor. Cook also stood in for Jobs during his bout with pancreatic cancer in 2004. “The Board has complete confidence that Tim Cook is the right person to be our next CEO,” said board member Art Levinson, chairman of biotech firm Genentech, in a statement. 

Jobs won’t be leaving the company altogether, and it was clearly well-planned in advance. He has been elected Chairman of the board, Apple said Wednesday, and Cook will be joining the board, effective immediately.

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

Here’s the full text of Steve Jobs resignation letter.


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