Who do you think will replace Steve Jobs?

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  1. johnee macrumors 6502a

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    I'm curious to know what people think of this question.

    There are two aspects to Jobs :
    1) role as traditional CEO
    2) charismatic leader who guides the creativity of the company

    The first part makes this a complicated question. I feel Apple would not survive if # 2 isn't satisfied.

    Based on that, I'm claiming Jonathan Ives will be his replacement. If you notice the patent applications, he and Steve Jobs are listed together quite often.

    What do you think?
     
  2. smythey macrumors regular

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    No way, Im all over it !! Im sure Ive got a black polo neck somewhere in my cupboard. And I'll get to work on the baldness.......
     
  3. johnee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, seriously, has anyone here or in the industry asked this question? I'm not sure how much longer he will be around, he's in his late 50s, isn't he? he can't be CEO forever!
     
  4. paleck macrumors 6502a

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    BLASPHEMY!! :D

     
  5. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    By the time he's ready to go, psychofreak will more than qualified.
     
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  8. Trogloxene macrumors regular

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    Yea, remember Gil Amelio and the conversion of Macs to PC looking boxes. :eek:

    -T
     
  9. mashinhead macrumors 68020

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    i think he's currently being cloned by apple.
     
  10. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Then who replaces Arn?? :eek:

    Nah...too much math in the Keynotes. :D

    Hmmm...maybe iGary?
     
  11. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Trogloxene

    Actually, that was Sculley, two CEO's before.

    Believe it or not, Amelio started what became the iMac.
     
  12. johnee thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    actually, every "Steve Jobs" you've seen in public has never been the same one :D
     
  13. Trogloxene macrumors regular

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    I guess that makes sense since it takes a bit of time for products to roll out. So Sculley probably lead the creation of the boring boxes, and Amelio was boss when they rolled them out.

    And here I always thought that Amelio was just an accountant.

    So basically you need to leave a leader in position for a few years to see how it works out.

    -T
     
  14. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Trogloxene

    Yeah, or knife the fall guy to clean the slate...
     
  15. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Aww, how nice of you.

    Just kidding. ;)
     
  16. czeluff macrumors 6502

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    easy choice

    Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google. It's already been discussed before: if for any reason Jobs must step aside temporarily, Schmidt will happily take his place.

    CZ
     
  17. Ripmax2000 macrumors regular

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    When Steve Jobs was off for his cancer surgery a few years back, it was Gil Amelio who took over as temp. CEO. He is also the current no.2 at Apple.

    The only thing is, I think he might be older that Steve Jobs.
     
  18. d_and_n5000 macrumors 6502a

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    Uh, no...Amelio was CEO before Steve, and got the boot back in 1997. Tim Cook, the COO, took over for Steve when he was in the hospital. One would assume that he would take over the CEO duties whenever Steve can't do it anymore. However, this still leaves open the 'charismatic face' of Apple...Is it possible that Steve would quit being CEO but stay on as the 'face' of Apple, and maybe an advisory capacity, then leave Cook as the CEO? I think this seems most likely based on what we've seen.
     
  19. FrankBlack macrumors 6502

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    He's 52.

    I'm sure this has been discussed in the board room at Apple. There may even be a contingency plan in place already.

    Analog Devices founder, Ray Stata, still serves as chairman of the board of AD. I believe he's into his mid-70's. However, AD is certainly not Apple.
     
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  21. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Well my beat is Jobs is going to be around for a while, until he dies, or ceases to funtion(alive, but not the genuis he is today, old age is a cruel thing)

    I can't see him stepping down like Gates...Jobs is a very powerful man, and I'm sure he's thought about who will replace him. If if were a sudden replacement(something happened to Jobs all of a sudden) I'd bet Gil or Eric could help Apple, Jobs is a huge part of Apple, but not the only thing. Ive is important too.

    For a long, Jobs know he is leaving, he'd likely easy Apple into live with out him.
     
  22. LoganT macrumors 68020

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    John Sculley, of course.

    I would like to see Jonathan Ive replace him, he seems to have the same vision as Steve Jobs.

    Although that may not be good thing.
     
  23. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    52 is still young as far as these things go. I wouldn't be surprised if he's got at least 15-20 years of get-up-and-go left in him. Add to that the fact that he's rather the health nut, and we've got quite a bit of Steve-time left to us.
     
  24. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

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    I haven't read this at all, but my dad, who owns Apple stock and follows the company apparently more than me, told me that he read that if Steve Jobs were to somehow leave Apple, Apple wouldn't be worth half of what it is now.

    Has anyone read this?
     

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