Jobs sent an email to all Apple employees explaining he would be taking a medical leave of absence. The email is published in full by Apple PR.
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.
Jobs first took a medical leave of absence two years ago following buzz from journalists and bloggers about his wellbeing. In the months that preceded his first leave, the press noted Jobs’ rapid weight loss, a side effect of his battle from with a very rare form of Pancreatic Cancer.
While Jobs still holds the title of CEO, Tim Cook, Apple’s COO will be taking over when needed. Cook has made an increasing amount of appearances during major Apple events, the latest being Verizon’s announcement it will carry the iPhone 4.
Jobs is still cancer free but the aftermath has taken a toll on the CEO. Apple Gazette wishes Jobs a very speedy recovery and will respect his privacy while he is away from Apple.