Despite a successful liver transplant back in 2009, Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ health does not seem to have greatly improved: the mastermind behind most Apple products is about to take another leave of absence, according to CNN. In a letter sent to all Apple employees, Jobs announced he is taking a leave of absence from the company because of a “medical condition.”
Team, 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. SteveAs usual, Apple COO Tim Cook will take control of the company while Jobs recovers. In early 2009, Jobs already took a leave of absence for medical reasons, and in April, Jobs underwent a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. Jobs’ prognosis at the time was “excellent.” Since the operation, and despite a very thin appearance, Jobs was able to host most Apple announcements, and introduced a slew of new products, including the iPad, the iPhone 4, and the second generation Apple TV. Get well soon Steve.