Hearing that Steve Jobs has left Apple as its CEO could be a scary event for the employees. The man has led the company to being one of the most valuable in the world, so it stands to reason that some people that work there might get a bit nervous at the thought of someone else leading them. Even though Tim Cook has been the interim CEO since Steve Jobs announced his medical leave of absence back in January, fulfilling that role in that capacity vs. doing it full-time can make a world of difference.
To quell some of those fears, apparently Mr. Cook sent out an email to the employees today that has found its way to Ars Technica. The site confirms the letter was passed to them by a reliable source and that the e-mail headers appear to be in order.
I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.
Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.
I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.
I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.
Knowing that the eyes of the world, the employees and the stockholders are on him, along with Steve Jobs looking on from the sidelines, it seems a pretty safe bet that Cook will stay the course that has been put before him.
[via Ars Technica]