Steve Jobs on Temporary Leave Because of Health Issues

According to a report on technology Web site arstechnica.com, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on medical leave until the end of June because of health issues that he describes as being “more complex” than he originally thought.

The report provides the following letter that Jobs sent to Apple employees and members of the press.

Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple's day to day operations, and I know he and the rest of the executive management team will do a great job. As CEO, I plan to remain involved in major strategic decisions while I am out. Our board of directors fully supports this plan.

I look forward to seeing all of you this summer.

Steve

According to The New York Times, last week, on the eve of the Macworld Expo ’09, Jobs said that his weight-loss is a result of a “hormone imbalance” that was robbing his body of proteins. Jobs recovered from pancreatic cancer after surgery in 2004. The Times cites two people familiar with Jobs’s medical treatment as saying that he is not suffering from a recurrence of cancer.
 

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