News broke 30 minutes ago so unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard this already. The question now is will Tim Cook be able to move to company in the direction Jobs has been for the past decade? My answer…yes.
As a former employee of the company, Tim Cook has been an innovator for a while now. Even 2 years ago the employee meetings would be recorded by Cook and his vision seems perfectly aligned with Jobs’.
That being said, the question is will customer and share holders see Cook as an emblem for everything the company stands for or was the fact that Steve Jobs a figure head for the company too important?
Here is the letter sent out by Jobs to the company. It is almost sad to read as his health was the only thing standing between him and his position as CEO of the company. We wish Steve and his family all the best.
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.