Apple directors have said that Steve Jobs is expected to return to his leadership of the company in June as scheduled after his six month break.In a with investors board member Arthur Levinson confirmed that Jobs was on schedule to return but said that the board would notify investors if the plans changed. He also said Jobs was still involved in day to day decision making in the company.“Nothing has changed,” said Levinson."If there is any more information that the board deems necessary to disclose, we will disclose it."The state of Jobs’ health was the first question in the annual meeting with board members, reflecting concern that his departure may harm the company. Levinson said that the board regularly discussed succession plans and would be in a strong position if Jobs decided to step down permanently.The company also answered questions about its environmental record, with particular attention to the role of board member Al Gore.The meeting also had its bizarre moments, with one investor suggesting that everyone sang happy birthday for Jobs, who turned 54 yesterday. Investors stood up and sung the song for Jobs to listen to later.
Issue: 316 | July 2013
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