Karen Ocamb

Steve Jobs Resigns, Tim Cook Named New CEO of Apple

Filed By Karen Ocamb | August 26, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Geeks, Living
Tags: Apple, openly gay businessman, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook

TimCook.jpegApple co-founder and Uber Mac Genius Steve Jobs resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Apple, the Board of Directors announced Wednesday, Aug 24. Jobs, who has been on a leave of absence to treat pancreatic cancer, has been elected Chairman of the Board and is expected to continue to have a say in the direction of the company.

Effective immediately, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook is taking over as the new CEO and will also join the Board. Cook was Job's pick as a successor.

The Advocate reports that Cook is gay:

As Cook's profile rose in the tech world as a possible replacement, Valleywag reported based on anonymous sources that Cook is gay and that his ascension would make him "by far, the most powerful openly gay executive in tech."

Only helping to solidify that perception, Out magazine named Cook as number 1 in its "Power 50" in May.

"While it is Jobs's prescience that has kept the Cupertino, Calif., company at the cutting edge of technology, it's Cook who made sure Apple could deliver as demand rocketed," Out wrote. "Leader-in-waiting? Most definitely."

Here's Job's letter to the Apple Board of Directors and "the Apple Community":

Letter from Steve Jobs:

I have always said 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.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

(Cross-posted at LGBT POV)

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If there are only reports based on anonymous sources that say Tim Cook is gay, How can you say he is "openly gay"??? Its only a rumor. If he is openly gay, he would say so himself, in a public way.

Come on people, words have definitions and meaning. Why do we keep making up definitions that aren't real. That is what the damn T-publicans do, and its just another form of lying. Lets stop lying to ourselves.

I'm a little confused. Is he out as gay? Is he out as bi? Or has he been outed (as gay or bi) by others? I read both articles linked to in this article, and there's nothing that quotes him saying how he identifies his sexual orientation. In fact, I've never seen anything that features him sharing this info.

Coming out is a choice, and it's not the right choice for everyone. But, if he is bi or gay, and closeted, should we be applauding him?