Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs sent an e-mail on Monday to employees saying he would be out on a medical leave of absence, leaving Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook again in charge of the company.
Jobs said he will continue to be CEO and “be involved in major strategic decisions” for Cupertino-based Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Carolina Milanesi, vice-president of mobile devices for the research company Gartner, said that Jobs’s absence need not mean the end of Apple. “The timing of the announcement [when markets were closed] shows that timing is part of being good at your job. I think that this time around, compared to 2009, people know that Tim Cook can do a good job. As a consumer, I don’t care who’s running the company – I just care about the products I can buy.”
Apple is in excellent hands and we pray for a quick return for Steve Jobs!