Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/20/jobs_apple_successor/

Jobs: Apple succession plans are 'hogwash'

Who can fill the great leader's turtleneck?

By John Oates

Posted in Business, 20th July 2011 09:29 GMT

Steve Jobs took to email to deny a story that Apple's board of directors are talking about a succession plan.

Given his medical history, it would be weird if no such discussions had taken place. But Jobs emailed the Wall Street Journal to dismiss the story as hogwash.

The Wally reckons that informal discussions with headhunters and "at least one head of a high-profile technology company" have occurred.

But Jobs told the paper: "I think it is hogwash".

Jobs has been credited with messiah-like properties since returning to Apple in the late '90s. Because he is so closely identified with the company and its success, any successor will have an all but impossible task filling his turtle-neck. ®