Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence from the company he co-founded for the second time in as many years.
In a statement released on Monday afternoon, Jobs said the board had granted him leave to focus on his health.
The statement does not indicate when or even if Jobs will return to head up Apple.
It’s not the first time Jobs has taken medical leave. In 2004, he underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer. Five years later, in 2009, he received a liver transplant related to complications arising from his earlier surgery.
Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook, who stood in for Jobs during his last two medical absences, will again take over the day-to-day running of Apple.
“I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011,” said Jobs. — Staff reporter, TechCentral