Following Steve Jobs’ resignation yesterday, new CEO Tim Cook has sent out a company-wide email this morning to reassure Apple employees that nothing will change. Cook expresses his optimism for Apple’s bright future and his confidence that the “best years lie ahead.”
Cook also wrote that the opportunity to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years has been the “privilege of a lifetime.” He reminds everyone that Jobs will remain with Apple as Chairman and will continue to give guidance and inspiration. The full text from the email is below:
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.
Serving as Apple’s COO since 2005, Cook has contributed a lot to the success of the company and has even served as interim CEO for Apple on several occasions in the past when Jobs took leaves due to health. Read more on why we think Apple is safe with Tim Cook.
[via Ars Technica]