Steve Jobs has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple. The enigmatic tech leader, who has struggled with health problems in recent years, stated in an emotional open letter to the world that he “could no longer meet” his responsibilities as the head of the world’s most valuable company.
Here’s Jobs’s resignation letter in full:
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.
Jobs’s departure has lead to an outpouring of support from the tech world and Apple community, with Apple board member Art Levinson singing Jobs’s praises:
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company.
Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team.
In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”