Steve Jobs today sent an email to all staff at Apple to inform them that he would be taking a leave of absence on health grounds – though he stressed he would continue as CEO of the company and be involved in all major strategic decisions.
Jobs of course has a long history of battling medical conditions going back to 2004 when he was diagnosed with and subsequently beat pancreatic cancer. Then in 2008/9 he took another six month leave of absence to recover from a liver transplant – which he again made a full recovery from. There is no indication at the moment what the reason behind Jobs’ latest leave of absence is, though with Apple due to announce financial results tomorrow, we may learn more then.
The full email sent to employees at Cupertino is as follows:
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’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.
I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.
In 2009 when Jobs took a leave of absence, Apple's COO Tim Cook, who last week announced the Verizon iPhone 4, took control and we will be seeing something similar happen this time around. We’ll keep you updated about any further information we get about this breaking news and hope Steve Jobs makes a speedy recovery.