速報:アップルのスティーブ・ジョブズ CEO が辞任、後任はティム・クック

Haruka Ueda
Haruka Ueda
2011年08月25日, 午前 07:30 in apple

アップルが病気休養中だったスティーブ・ジョブズ CEO の辞任を発表しました。後任は COO のティム・クック氏。ジョブズ氏は会長職に留まります。プレスリリースによると、本日ジョブズ氏が取締役会に辞任を申し出るとともに、後任としてクック氏を強く推薦したとのこと。アップルのNeXT買収後、ジョブズ氏が同社のCEOに復帰したのは1997年。直後の1998年よりアップル幹部として活躍してきたクック氏は、ジョブズ氏自身によって採用された懐刀と言われています。



わずかなシェアを抱えるにすぎなかったコンピュータメーカーを、iMac、Mac OS X、iPod、MacBook、iPhone、iPadなど幾多のヒット商品と、iTunesやApp Storeをはじめとするビジネスモデルの転換により、世界最大規模の企業にまで拡大させた背景に、ジョブズCEOの存在があったことは今更語るまでもありません。しかし近年は休職を繰り返すなどジョブズ氏に健康上の不安があることから、外部からのCEO招聘も噂されていたところでした。絶好調決算の続くアップルは、これからカリスマCEOのあとの舵取りという難しいミッションをティム・クック新体制のもとで遂行していくことになります。

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.





Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple

Tim Cook Named CEO and Jobs Elected Chairman of the Board

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(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.

As COO, Cook was previously responsible for all of the company's worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple's supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple's Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.


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