I en pressemelding fra Apple rundt 00:30 torsdag norsk tid melder med-gründer Steve Jobs at han fratrer sin stilling som CEO (Chief executive officer).
Sjokk-beskjed fra Apple
Beskjeden kommer som et sjokk på IT-bransjen til tross for at Steve Jobs i lengre har slitt med sykdom og ikke har hatt full stilling i selskapet han sammen med Steve Wozniak og Ronald Wayne stiftet i 1976.
Ikke overraskende er det Tim Cook (tidligere COO, nå CEO), som har styrt selskapet mens Jobs har vært syk, som nå tar over sjefsstolen. Jobs forlater ikke Apple, men blir sjef for selskapets styre.
Dette er den nye Apple-sjefen
At Tim Cook (50) har hatt Jobs’ personlige velsignelse til å lede selskapet i lengre tid er det ingen tvil om. I Jobs’ avskjedsbrev avslører han, ikke overraskende, at det hele tiden var planen at Cook skulle ta over når gründeren selv trakk seg som sjef.
Cook har vært svært viktig for Apple siden han startet hos selskapet i 1998. Cook får æren Apples svært høy inntekts-margin per solgte produkt og har også utarbeidet Apples svært effektive logistikk med lave lagervolum og kjapp levering av Apples produkter verden over.
Her er pressemeldingen
I pressemeldingen skriver Jobs følgende:
«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.
Her er Apples pressemelding
Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.
“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.”
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “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.”
“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”
Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO.
As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
iPod (2001)- Suksess-produktet som for alltid endret Apple: