Steve Jobs to take medical leave of absence; COO takes leadership

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Steve Jobs has said that he will be taking a medical leave of absence until June of 2009. While he previously said that he will not leave the company, he has said now that he has to leave as his health continues to be a distraction for his family and himself, but also everyone at Apple.

He also indicates that his health issue, which was noted to be a hormone imbalance, has become more “complex” than he originally thought.

COO Tim Cook will be replacing him for the day to day operations, but he will remain as the CEO of Apple.

The full letter is after the jump.


I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.