IT Management: Bartz, Jobs, Schmidt Top Long List of 2011 Senior Executive Exits
The 2011 high-tech campaign may be remembered for a lot of things, from the launch of the Google+ social network to the increase in litigation between Apple and Android phone makers. The year has also been marked by an unusual level of rapid churn among high-profile tech executives. Since the start of the year, CEOs at several 800-pound gorillas in high tech have left their posts for various reasons. Most notably gone are Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who resigned due to illness; Google's Eric Schmidt, who became executive chairman; and Carol Bartz, who was fired by phone from her post as Yahoo CEO. However, high tech has seen some other more graceful exits by CEOs, key executives and engineers, such as Java creator James Gosling, who left Google after only five months on the job. What is going on with executive shakeups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere? Well, there are many reasons for the wholesale turnover. Take this brief trip with eWEEK through the carousel of CEO departures and other changes.
Jobs announced his resignation in August as persistent ill health prevented him from performing the CEOs duties. Few things hurt more than not being able to do what you love due to illness. Our heart goes out to him. What has Jobs done? Hes only revolutionized personal computing gadgets with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Is there an Apple Television encore on the way? Who knows?