Apple director: 'no change' in Jobs' plans

Apple director: 'no change' in Jobs' plans

Summary: Apple CEO Steve Jobs expects to return from his medical leave at the end of June as planned, according to an Apple director who responded to an investor at the company's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday.The investor — the only one to press for details on Jobs' health — asked when the board knew Jobs planned to step away from his daily duties.

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs expects to return from his medical leave at the end of June as planned, according to an Apple director who responded to an investor at the company's annual shareholder meeting Wednesday.

The investor — the only one to press for details on Jobs' health — asked when the board knew Jobs planned to step away from his daily duties. Apple director Arthur Levinson responded that since Jobs announced Jan. 14 that he needed to go on leave, "nothing has changed."

Jobs, who turned 54 yesterday, was not at the meeting, in accordance with his announced medical leave. It was the first time he hasn’t led Apple’s annual meeting since he retook the top job in 1997, according to Bloomberg.

At one point, investors stood up and sang "Happy Birthday" to him, at the urging of one shareholder.

Despite questions about how Apple's board handled the disclosures about Jobs' health, all the directors were re-elected, including former Vice President Al Gore, Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt and Levinson, who is the chairman and CEO of Genentech Inc. Shareholders also declined to pass several shareholder-sponsored resolutions, reports MarketWatch.

Topics: Banking, Apple, Enterprise Software, Legal, IT Employment

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  • Who cares? Safari 4 has shown that Apple needs Jobs no more...

    It really demonstrates that Apple team can work on their own and keep producing brilliant products. He is just a CEO and no GOD.Not anymore, at least.
    Dealing
    • That's where you are wrong.

      Doesn't Microsoft really need Bill Gates at the moment. His Empire is
      crumbling. If anything you act like Safari 4 beta just came out of
      nowhere.

      Steve, Happy Birthdate to you & I hope you get well soon.
      Intellihence
    • Do you think Safari 4 was a project that started

      RIGHT after Jobs took his leave or was it far more likely that it was a
      project that started long before Jobs took his leave and only just came to
      a head at this time?

      Now I grant you a few points Jobs is no God. And Apple has a wealth of
      talented people. That said a good leader with vision is often hard to find
      and a host of talent can go to waist without guidance and someone to
      steer even a talented ship.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • oh really?

    I'm surprised! I was expecting to hear "no, Steve will never come back I'm sorry if all your stock falls down tomorrow. Particularly since we haven't come up with anything new in the last months that could possibly boost our sales".

    Jeez, I can't believe that people quote spokesmen as if they have ever said anything useful or worth trusting.
    patibulo
  • The Full Context of the Report on Job's Health

    Thank you, thank you. Now that I have all of your attention. I would like to indicate that this press release is exclusively and completely about the health of Steve Jobs. We have gone to extreme measures to get you this information, including many of us had to sign non-disclosure agreements that would not allow us to even talk about the health of Steve Jobs before now. We would have had our houses foreclosed on, jobs lost, and reputations ruined if we did not wait until this very moment to release the status of Steve Jobs.

    And now without much further ado, our report on the health of the Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.

    "There have been no changes in the health of Steve Jobs."
    nucrash