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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Resigns

August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs, the legendary chief executive officer of Apple, resigned Wednesday, effective immediately, according to the company’s board of directors.

The company named Tim Cook, its previous chief operating officer, to the post.

Jobs wrote in a letter to the board that “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.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the board Wednesday and “strongly recommended” that Cook be his successor.

He went on to say that he’d like to serve as the computer giant’s “chairman of the board, director and Apple employee.”

“I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” he said. “And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.”

Art Levinson, the chairman of Genentech spoke on behalf of Apple’s Board, and said “it has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO.”

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