Apple shareholders will call for clear plan to succeed Jobs

Steve Dinneen
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APPLE will face a grilling from shareholders over who will eventually replace Steve Jobs after speculation over the talismanic boss’ health has hit new highs.

Shareholders from the influential Central Laborers’ Pension Fund will raise the question at the Cupertino-based firm’s annual meeting tomorrow after one US report suggested Jobs has just six weeks to live.

Apple has frequently batted away calls to lay out a succession plan, claiming it would put rivals at an advantage by allowing them to “recruit high-value executives away from Apple”.

The Central Laborers’ Pension Fund has pushed for similar measures at HP and Intel.

The Apple boss last month announced a third leave of absence from the firm he co-founded in 1976, with chief operating officer Tim Cook deputising in his absence.

It is unclear whether Jobs will personally attend tomorrow’s meeting. He was absent from the Macworld conference two years ago after undergoing a liver transplant.

Jobs has previously battled a rare form of pancreatic cancer, for which he had a tumour successfully removed in 2004.

Apple declined to comment.