Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is taking medical leave, two years
after taking a six-month break
when he underwent a liver transplant.
Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, said chief operating officer
Tom Cook would take responsibility for day-to-day operations but he
would continue to be chief executive and be involved in major
"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," Jobs said.
"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," he added.