Front Line Business Has Lost One Of Its Best: Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple’s CEO
It’s very hard to define the ethos of Apple without defining it in terms of Steve Jobs. The two things are inextricably linked; much of the innovation, vision and drive to succeed have been part and parcel of the Steve Jobs mentality. It’s not surprising therefore that the announcement of his resignation today has sent shock waves through the echelons of tech.
Jobs leaves behind a legacy that will perhaps never be surpassed in our lifetime. He took a company and made it into an icon, a bonding agent for computer users around the world, and later the premier provider of the must-have gadgets of the 21st century. One needs to look no further than the iPAd, the tablet PC that is being touted as the future of end-user computing, to see the impact of his brilliance. The man is remarkable, and it’s his control at the wheels of destiny that has brought Apple to where it is today.
This won’t be the first time Steve Jobs has resigned, but it certainly looks like it will be the last. His health has been deteriorating for quite some time, and the frequent leaves of absence were proving too difficult for Apple, as a company to manage. He’s definitely ill, but it’s perhaps too premature to start eulogising the man. Jobs has put in motion his succession plan, and his election to the board as chairman, is clear evidence that he plans to be around for a while.
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