Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Who will be Steve Jobs' Successor?

Unlike at Microsoft, many wonder will life be the same at Apple should Steve Jobs (Apple's CEO & Co-founder) retires from the scene.

It seems Steve Jobs is officially on medical leave till further notice while maintaining his position as CEO. Meanwhile, Tim Cook Apple's COO runs the show.

For more info on Tim's Bio, check out - http://www.apple.com/pr/bios/cook.html

Below is an organisation chart of Apple's top executives:
Top Executives at Apple Inc.

Check out the email sent to all Apple employees:

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 08:51 AM EST Apple CEO Steve Jobs, 55, today sent the following email to all Apple employees:


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.


Source: Apple Inc.

The timing of the announcement seems designed to allow the markets time to absorb the news as major markets such as NASDAQ are closed today due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Apple will announce fiscal year 2011 first quarter (Q111) financial results after market close on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. As usual, MacDailyNews will cover Apple's conference call with analysts live, beginning at 2pm PST/5pm EST.

I wonder what's Steve Wozniak's (the other "Steve" that co-founded Apple Inc) take on the current situation...

On November 18, 2010 Steve Wozniak gave a speech at the Science & Technology Summit at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague in which he predicted that Android would be dominant over the iPhone market-wise but the iPhone would retain the quality edge
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wozniak)

Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (Right)

In my opinion, Apple's success is never really about who's most technologically advanced (in terms of hardware specs) it's about getting everyone in the entire eco-system to buy it's innovation & vision (or Steve Jobs') - which always have something to do with simplicity, style & elegance while embracing "State-of-the-Art"...

Meanwhile, expect more public appearance from the following executives on upcoming product launches :

Philip W. Schiller
Senior Vice President
Worldwide Product Marketing

Scott Forstall
Senior Vice President
iPhone Software


Jonathan Ive
Senior Vice President
Industrial Design


  1. Will Steve be the one to launch Apple's iPad 2 & iPhone 5? I'm sure many will want that...

  2. for me steve jobs is a hero, thanks to him I could see the world with beautiful because the work that he made


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