Earlier this year saw Apple CEO Steve Jobs take a medical leave of absence from his company, leaving COO Tim Cook in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Cupertino firm. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, some members of Apple's board of directors have been discussing Jobs's replacement with recruiters since his leave, even going so far as to come in contact with the head of a "high-profile technology company" about the matter. This report comes from the WSJ's "people familiar with the matter," who claim that although these discussions have been more of an "informal exploration" of the company's options, the directors involved in the talks have been secretly meeting without Jobs at every board meeting for the past 12 years to discuss the CEO succession plan. When asked about these discussions, Jobs said, "I think it's hogwash."
Obviously no one knows yet exactly who will replace Steve Jobs as the head of Apple whenever he does finally leave the position, but many think that Apple would like to promote from within rather than bring in an outsider to fill the new CEO role. Tim Cook seems to be the odds-on-favorite to succeed Jobs, which makes sense considering that he's been taking charge of Apple in Jobs's absence. What do you all make of this news? How much longer do you Jobs will remain as Apple CEO?