It’s not clear as to what the reason is for Job’s medical leave this time around, but in 2004 Jobs got Pancreatic Cancer, which he thankfully beat. Then he underwent a liver transplant in 2009. He also made a full recovery on that.
Jobs emailed a memo to all Apple employees today. Here’s what it said:
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.
I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.
Jobs has had bad luck with his health in the past few years. He’s fought Pancreatic cancer and has also survived a liver transplant.
This announcement comes just a day before Apple releases their fourth quarter and 2010 earnings. If they are at a loss, it’s probably a good thing that Jobs isn’t around to face an angry mob of investors.
Let’s hope he gets well soon. The world needs its Apple a day!