Steve Jobs goes on third medical leave, can’t keep weight
Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs disclosed that he will be taking another leave of absence in order focus on his health. According to an anonymous source, he has had difficulty keeping on weight as he undergoes treatment for his condition.
Previously, Jobs had two other medical leaves, the first to treat pancreatic cancer, the second to get a liver transplant.
Jobs will continue in his role as CEO and participate in major strategic decisions for Apple. Chief Operating Officer Tom Cook will lead the daily operations for the Cupertino-based company.
Jobs notified Apple employees of his medical leave in a e-mail: “At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health…I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.”
This news caused Apple stock to go down to seven percent in European exchanges. No reaction yet on the NASDAQ, because today is a national holiday in the U.S. and markets are closed.
Tuesday, Apple will announce their quarterly earnings. Questions about Jobs health will certainly be posed by the media during the earning call.