While this isn’t exactly BlackBerry news per say, this will prove to be very important to the tech community as a whole. Steve Jobs the man that led Apple out of the dark days of the early 90′s to what it is today has resigned as the CEO of the company. There is no doubt that Jobs’ influence and visions as Apple’s CEO have not only driven what his own company has done, but has also made other companies like RIM strive to do better in the mobile environment. It may not be a shock for many of us that Jobs has decided to resign, due to his continued illness and health issues, but it has still sent shock waves through the tech community. Tim Cook, formerly the COO of Apple, will take over from Jobs as the CEO and join the board as a director.
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”
No matter how you feel about Apple as a company no one in their right mind can deny the influence that Steve Jobs has made, and to do so would be foolish. While Jobs will remain on as the Chairman of the Board, he will no longer be involved in the day to day operations. To read Steve Jobs resignation letter hit the jump, and please share your thoughts on this situation by dropping us a comment (please be tasteful).
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.