As Bill Gates did in January 2000, Steve Jobs does today – August 24, 2011. In a letter to the board of directors and the Apple community Steve Jobs announced that he leaves from position of CEO of Apple and will take a position as chairman of the board and Apple employee.
Here is the open letter:
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.
Bye Steve, you made a deep positive impact in the world of computer industry. Hope that your successor will have enough energy and motivation to fights battles with the titans i.e. Google Android and MS Windows Mobile.