In an open letter to the public Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs addresses his health and the reasons he’s not giving the Macworld Expo keynote this week, and says he will remain Apple’s CEO during a recovery from a “hormone imbalance” that his doctors say has contributed to weight loss.
Apple’s board of directors also released a statement today asserting its confidence in Jobs stating, “Steve Jobs is one of the most talented and effective CEOs in the world.” The board’s statement continued, “He deserves our complete and unwavering support during his recuperation.”
Rumors had been swirling about the health of Jobs after he decided not to deliver the keynote address at the Macworld Expo. Health concerns were also raised about Jobs this summer when some say he appeared emaciated during his appearance at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. Jobs said in 2004 that he had undergone surgery for pancreatic cancer.
Here is the open letter from Jobs:
Letter From Apple CEO Steve Jobs
Dear Apple Community,
For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.
Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.
I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.
As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause — a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.
The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.
I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.
So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.