I dunno if this happened to you, but a Machead friend of mine just called and asked in a tearful voice, “Have you heard?!” To which I replied, “ahhhhh bird, bird, bird, bird is the word!?” My friend shot back with a cordial “you’re an asshole” and hung up. Apparently Steve Jobs has officially stepped down and resigned as CEO of Apple.
Here’s a letter from Jobs:
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
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.
Why is this story on Nerd Bastards? If you take a look at Steve Job’s history, you will know that his presence in the tech, music, and film industry have shaped a lot of things. I.E. Pixar, Disney. So he did things, nerdy things.
Nerds, let us raise our glasses. To Jobs!
When does this movie come out?
READ THE PRESS RELEASE after the jump
Here’s the Press Release:
CUPERTINO, Calif., Aug 24, 2011 (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’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.