Apple board member Al Gore said in an interview on Friday that the late Steve Jobs had specifically told CEO Tim Cook and others to avoid asking themselves what he would have done while attempting to carry on his legacy
Apple member board of directors & former vice president Al-Gore said while giving an interview with Walt Mossberg atAllThingsD’s AsiaD conference in Hong Kong that Jobs and Apple’s Board of Directors had held discussions at “every single meeting, for several years” about cultivating the team that would replace Jobs.
Gore said “[Jobs] used to talk about initially about how after Walt Disney died, the company always got in trouble about asking “what would Walt do in this situation.” And he made it very clear “I don’t want that,”” said Gore. “He made it clear to Tim Cook and everyone else “Don’t ask what Steve would have done. Follow your own voice.””
When Jobs stepped down as CEO in August, he recommended that the Board follow its succession plan and appoint Cook as the new chief. The directors readily agreed, appointing Cook to the position.
“I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” Jobs said in an open resignation letter.