Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

Sad news from Steve Jobs, he is resigning as CEO of Apple and has issued the following statement:
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

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.



  1. "if the board sees fit"...nicely said

  2. Love him or hate him, this is indeed sad. Set aside the impact this will have on Apple (and the stock markets), this is a truly sad event. It would of course not be shocking to see him pass soon.

  3. A quote from Steve Jobs:

    “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

    Source: Wall Street Journal

  4. A great tribute to a great man:
    August 25, 2011

    The Apple of My Eye
    Steve Jobs and the Essence of America

    "If America is about becoming your potential and becoming all that you really are, Steve Jobs— without a BA and merely following his “bliss”—exemplifies the essence of being an American: to be all that you can be, without class, without pedigree, without a string of degrees or credentials trailing behind you.

    Just be the best that you can at what you do, and all will follow. That is the message of America. That is Steve Jobs!

    Most recently, he gave me the Ipad, and I can read books, underline them, leave notes in the margins, and retrieve information I’ve underlined in an instant. And my books cost half what the hard cover versions used to be.

    He gave me a doorway into my own future and my own creativity. Without Steve Jobs, I wouldn’t be what I myself have become. How many of us can say that?

    I salute that he never appeared in suit and tie. I salute that he represented people, life, living, play, genius, and creativity, not corporate greed, ritual, atomization, custom, convention, conformity, and the status quo.

    Steve Jobs was the sixties incarnate. He was everything that the sixties was about, and he touched my life as he touched millions of lives across this planet.

    If there were a Nobel prize for corporate geniuses, Steve Jobs would be invited to Oslo, and I would be glued to my television to hear every word he had to say.

    I wish him good health and hope he can survive his greatest challenge that lies ahead."

    Jerry Kroth, Ph.D. is an Associate professor emeritus from Santa Clara University and may be contacted at