BREAKING: Jobs takes medical leave from Apple

BREAKING: Jobs takes medical leave from Apple

Summary: Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave from the company until the end of June, telling employees in an e-mail that his health issues are more complex than he had thought, according to a notice posted a moment ago in the New York Times.In the e-mail, which was sent after markets closed, Jobs said that curiosity over his personal health "continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well.

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Steve JobsApple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave from the company until the end of June, telling employees in an e-mail that his health issues are more complex than he had thought, according to a notice posted a moment ago in the New York Times.

In the e-mail, which was sent after markets closed, Jobs said that curiosity over his personal health "continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well."

Last week, just prior to Macworld San Francisco, Jobs announced he had a hormone deficiency that had caused him to dramatically lose weight.

Jobs said he had asked Tim Cook, Apple's COO, to take on responsibility for Apple's day-to-day operations. "As C.E.O., I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan," Jobs reportedly said.

Full e-mail below via Silicon Alley Insider:

Team,

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.

Steve

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Topics: Apple, CXO, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Health, Software, IT Employment

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  • BREAKING: Jobs takes medical leave from Apple

    I wish him a good and speedy recovery. I think he made the right choice by stepping out of the light as he put it. Way too many people were making way too many accusations about his health. I'm sure he doesn't need the extra stress.
    Loverock Davidson
    • I can't imagine being bobarded by that kind of onslaught

      to go online, pretty much anywhere, and have to read about
      accusations of my own health. Craziness!

      Here's to you Steve! Take a break and decompress, we're
      rootin for ya!
      Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
  • leave him alone

    Just because he runs a big company and is in the public eye doesn't mean he has to tell anybody anything about his health other than what he has. its your (mass media) insatiable desire for gossip that crucifies people whether they deserve it or not.
    imaginemm
  • RE: BREAKING: Jobs takes medical leave from Apple

    As much as I respect Jobs's privacy and wish people would just leave him alone, I can't help but think that if he would just disclose his condition, the fervor over his illness would die down. People love mysteries and cover-ups, so the simple fact that we don't know what's wrong with him is causing more media coverage than if we knew the full details.
    yennik10009