Steve Jobs Takes Another Medical Leave of Absence

Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has taken a medical leave of absence from Apple for an unspecified period of time to “focus on [his] health”. The news was broken to all Apple employees via a common memo sent personally by Steve Jobs. The full memo ran like this:


At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.


This is similar to the six month leave Jobs had taken in 2009 for his liver transplant. However, it is not clear whether this leave is for the same reason or his earlier battles with pancreatic cancer. In either case, we wish him a speedy recovery.

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