Dear Commons Community,
Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple yesterday. He has not been in good health. Below is his simple but elegant letter to Apple’s Board of Directors. In my opinion, Mr. Jobs was a genius and in many ways the major figure in technology in the second half of the 20the century to the present. He and his company were also always good supporters of education especially primary and secondary schools. It is believed that Mr. Jobs has a form of pancreatic cancer – pancreatic islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. We wish him well in his battle with this disease.
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 C.E.O., I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as C.E.O. 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 C.E.O. 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.