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Apple shareholders have rejected a proposal that would have required the company to disclose its CEO succession plans. So we still have no way of knowing how the company is handling the ongoing health problems facing current CEO and spiritual leader Steve Jobs. The succession plan proposal was floated by the Central Laborers' …

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Happy

i can tell you a secret

the APPLE'S intention was to replace steve job with the IBM WATSON

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Tasteless...

...But probably realistic.

I wonder if they will start share buy backs, or maybe a dividend payout from one of the largest corporate cash piles in the world.

Apple's business strategy has had the effect of inflating the share price very quickly. I wonder if that has been a deliberate move on Jobs' part? I've often thought that they could have done things differently so as to build a more sustainable business. I can't see how a closed propriatry ecosystem that expensive can survive an influx of cheaper more open alternatives (though Google are making a mess of it and MS are way behind still). But that would have taken longer, time that perhaps he hasn't got. Not necessarily the best thing for the shareholder but understandable perhaps from his personal point of view.

Good or bad, he still deserves our best wishes.

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"nix disclosure"

This changes everything! But then again, I'm sure whatever the lack of a plan is, it will be magical and re-revolutionary... again?

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Spoiler included!

Yeah, their plan is to replace holy Steve with a shiny, slim (oh, wait!) iJobs. They'll also launch iJobs nano, which can be used to replace chairman/CEOs of inferior (read: all other) companies.

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replacement for Steve Jobs

A 20 foot sealed Perspex tube with a plastic shopping bag floating in it.

It will glow lightly at the base and spout off in a harsh robotic voice.

“OUR NEW PRODUCT IS THE GOOD. IT IS THE GOOD MORE THAN OTHER PRODUCT OF MICROSOFT. THIS IS ACCEPT YOU THE FACTS. TUBE KNOWLEDGE MORE THAN YOUR SPECIES. HUMAN BRAIN IS 0%”

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Anonymous Coward

Don't tell anyone

I have it from some sources that Stephen Elop applied for the job and suggested to get rid of iOS and switch to Windows on all Apple lines of products.

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Well, of course!

What would actually happen if they did disclose the method of choosing the next Apple CEO?

Would it not result in a spasm of upper-management infighting as each tries to ensure that they are either going to get the post, or at least be 'seen favourably' by the one who does?

In fact, when was the last time anyone saw the method of choosing a CEO at all? Even after the fact?

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Probably a step upwards

Once "Evil Steve" steps down Apple might have a bright new future. It might even make the step from a religion to a computer company again.

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Jobs Horns

Religion to computer company

Why?! [Some] Religions proved to be much more successful and longer lasting than companies.

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The first rule of Jobs Club....

Shouldn't that be "Jobs's Job Club"?

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Disclosure

I appreciate Jobs' wish to remain private as far as his illness is concerned, but if it affects the company's standing, then I think his real medical status should be disclosed. Secrecy does not help. Causes speculation.

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No certainties with cancer

Doctors dealing with cancer never make firm statements about treatment, symptoms, or long term repercussions. Everything is couched in "maybe", "perhaps", and percentages based on previous cases. You can ask as many questions as you like, but the answers leave you feeling as uncertain as before.

If shareholders want certainty about Steve's condition, there's no one who can provide it. He might return to a full-time role and carry on for many years. He might be there periodically. He might never return from his current illness. All of these are possible.

Apple is managing the current situation by placing others in Steve's role as required. No doubt the same people will do so in a full-time capacity in the event that Steve cannot return, in which case more permanent plans will be put in place. There is no point speculating about these plans if the need for them never arises. It's all about pragmatic risk management.

Announcing detailed plans for covering a situation that does not yet exist would just be a waste of time and expose Apple to additional risks. The fact is, Apple is doing fine and providing a good return for shareholders. The company does not revolve around Steve - no individual can spread themselves that thin - and they have the capacity to carry on with the same strength and agility as before.

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Medical status / succession plan

Jobs' medical status is not particularly important to shareholders. There are a few things that Apple's shareholders should worry though: a) Any company of that size _must_ have a succession plan for its key people. b) Saint Jobs is both chairman and CEO. c) Apple's success seems much stronger linked to the person of St. Jobs than most other comparable companies.

The shareholders typically do not need to know the details of a succession plan (these plans may well be a company secret for good reasons), it is a task for the board of directors. As a shareholder I'd be quite happy if I knew that there is a succession plan - whether St. Steve dies of cancer or is flattened by a meteorite does not matter.

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Is easy...

You become a shareholder with the intention of profiting

Everything you vote for is to increase your chance to profit

Therefore if plans were disclosed the expectation is to lose money not make it

Therefore the plans, or lack of, will cause the stock to tank

Therefore the stock should tank anyway.

Sell Sell Sell.

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Apple succession process

I wouldn't bother turning up until they starting chanting in English.

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