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Apple Considering CEO Options For Post- Steve Jobs Era : WSJ

Some members of Apple’s board of directors have apparently had talks with executive recruiters over who might become the next CEO for the iPhone maker after, Steve Jobs, its iconic CEO, is gone.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab) reported that the talks were held informally, only to discuss the company’s options and not to bring in a new CEO.

Apple’s current CEO, Steve Jobs, has left the company on medical leave early this year. But he was well enough to attend a dinner with US President Barack Obama and launch the new iPad 2.

The WSJ report pointed out that directors involved in the informal discussion were not doing so with the approval of the full board. Sources also revealed that informal discussions about CEO succession had also taken place with Steve Jobs.

Apple shareholders have been feeling uneasy ever since Steve Jobs left the company on medical leave and believe that the company is not being clear on the CEO’s health. May believe that Steve Jobs is as a big a brand for Apple as the iPhone and the iPad.

Apple, yesterday, reported a profit of $7.3 billion for the second quarter of 2011, on a revenue of $28.6 billion. The company reported a surge in demand for its iPhone, iPad and Mac systems.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.