Apple’s board of directors announced earlier today that Steve Jobs has stepped down as the company’s CEO.
The following is the resignation letter written by Steve Jobs to the Apple board:
CUPERTINO, Calif.–August 24, 2011–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.
Apple did not mention Jobs’ health in its statement about his sudden departure, but the 56-year-old has been on a medical leave of absence since January, after treatment for a rare form of pancreatic cancer.
Jobs made his last public appearance in June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where he unveiled iCloud, and we hope to see him again soon.
In 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak from his family’s garage. Today, Apple holds a position as one of the most innovative technology companies in the world. We hope Jobs is doing OK and we’d like to wish him a healthy departure.