UPDATE: Jobs has already declined chairman and CEO posts at Apple
- 31 July, 1997 22:00
Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs was offered the post of either chairman or CEO of the ailing computer company but has declined both offers, according to an apparently genuine message posted to the mailing list run by Pixar, his multimedia production company. The email reads as below:
Mime-Version: 1.0 (NeXT Mail 4.2mach v148) From: Steve Jobs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 97 18:49:30 -0700
I am told that there are rumors flying everywhere that I am about to be named
CEO of Apple, Chairman of Apple, and on and on. Its time to let you know what's
going on, from the horse's mouth. I got a call from Apple's Board of Directors
three weeks ago, informing me that they were going to fire their then-current
CEO, Gil Amelio, and asking me to return to Apple as their CEO. I declined, but
agreed to step up my involvement with Apple for up to 90 days, helping them
until they hire a new CEO. They then asked me to become Chairman, and I again
I love my job at Pixar. I cannot imagine a cooler place to be. Nor a smarter or
more fun group of people to work with. Nor a more exciting thing to do - create
some of the cultural classics of our time as we pioneer a new medium of entertainment.
So don't worry - the crazy rumors are just that. I have no plans to leave Pixar.
You're stuck with me.
Since the July 9 resignation of Gil Amelio as Apple's chairman and CEO, industry observers have speculated that Jobs would take over as chairman, possibly announcing this move during the keynote address he is scheduled to deliver at next week's Macworld in Boston. But while Jobs has been actively involved in meetings at Apple, discussing its strategy at Macworld and which products would be developed and which would be dropped
Pixar has declined to comment on the email message.
The San Francisco Chronicle carried the email message in a story which came only a day after the same paper published again a front page story which quoted unidentified sources, confirming that Jobs would be named chairman. The same article also said he was planning to name Sun Microsystems' president and CEO Scott McNealy and Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison to Apple's board of directors.
Apple, McNealy, Ellison, and Sun declined to comment. Jobs could not be reached.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Jobs simply wants to help the beleaguered company find the right CEO and set its course back to competitiveness and profitability, and has been acting in the capacity of "advisor" to that end.
Apple, in Cupertino, California, can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.apple.com/.