It is the end of an era. One of the world’s most iconic CEOs is now the new Chairman of the Board, and will be replaced by Tim Cook (who will become CEO of Apple). While it was always discussed, the line of succesion for Apple’s CEO position was never really a sure thing. But as of today, we will all have to look at what to Tim Cook is doing as CEO — not Steve Jobs. You had a great run, Jobs.
Here is the former Apple CEO’s letter to all employees and newswires as of this evening, and a press release is seen after the break.
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.
PR after the break.