Steve Jobs Letter to Employees

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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Steve Jobs Letter to Employees

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SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 05: (FILE PHOTO) In this composite photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is seen delivering keynote addresses on June 9, 2008 in San Francisco, California (L) and January 11, 2005 in San Francisco, California (R). Jobs announced today that he is battling a hormone imbalance that is responsible for a drastic loss in weight. Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, will continue his role as CEO of Apple as he undergoes treatment. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Here is the letter that Jobs sent to employees via email Wednesday:

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

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