Steve Jobs taking another medical leave of absence, retain CEO position in 2011

Today Steve Jobs announced he would be taking another medical leave of absence from Apple but still maintain his position as CEO according to an email published by Apple PR.

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.

Tanner Godarzi
Tanner is tech-savvy with an eye for great content who is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of California—Orange County. Tanner has been a freelance Blogger and Social Media consultant for over 4 years and contributed content for O'Reilly's "Big Book Of Apple Hacks." Tanner has blogged for industry notables such as Hadley Stern for Apple Matters, C.K. for Obsessable and gave insight about Social Media for The Blog Herald. Tanner resides in Huntington Beach and is a cycling enthusiast.

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