What effect will Steve Jobs’ resignation have on Apple?
Those who set out to dump their Apple shares (which dropped 5 percent on the news) were being premature, he says. For one thing, new CEO Tim Cook had in fact been running the company already during Jobs’ medical leave. Also, since he was immediately voted chairman upon his resignation as CEO, Jobs isn’t precisely leaving Apple, at least not yet. And besides, Apple’s near-term strategy is already set, with the iPhone 5 rolling out soon.
Longer term concerns may be warranted, Dawson admits. If and when the day comes that Jobs is no longer involved with Apple, it will have lost its Chief Visionary. Cook is known as an operational leader, not a visionary. Then again, he’s been standing in an awfully big shadow.
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