Seven years ago Steve Jobs left

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the post of general director. How it was?
August 24, 2018 was seven years since Steve Jobs left the post of Apple CEO. Let’s remember how it was.

Health problems

In August 2011, Steve Jobs’s health deteriorated so much that it was no longer possible to fulfill the duties of the CEO. Having discussed this with his family, Steve made a difficult decision for himself – to leave the post of head of the company.

Instead of urgently convening the Board of Directors, Jobs decided to announce his intention to resign at a regular meeting. Despite the fact that Steve needed a wheelchair, he insisted on being present personally. Before reading out his address, he asked all those present, except the Board of Directors, to leave the meeting.

Here is what was in that message:

I always said that someday there will come a day when I will no longer be able to fulfill my duties and justify your expectations as Apple CEO. I stated that I would be the first to tell you about it. Unfortunately, this day has come.

By this letter, I resign from the position of Apple CEO. If the management deems it possible, I would like to continue working as chairman of the Board of Directors and an Apple employee.

Regarding the transfer of the position, I strongly recommend that we implement our plan and appoint Tim Cook as general manager of Apple.

I believe that Apple’s brightest and most innovative times are ahead. And I hope that I will be able to monitor the success of the company and contribute to it in a new role.

I got a lot of friends during Apple’s work, and I thank you all for many years of teamwork.

Steve.

The Board of Directors accepted Jobs’s resignation and appointed Tim Cook as the new CEO of the company. Steve, in turn, headed the Board of Directors, and made important strategic decisions, until his departure on October 5, 2011.

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