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CE Industry Reacts To Steve Jobs' Passing

10/06/2011 09:51:57 AM Eastern

New York - Consumer electronics industry reaction to the
death of Steve Jobs came quickly today.

Gary Shapiro

President and CEO

 CEA:

"CEA extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Steve
Jobs. We join the entire tech community in celebrating his momentous
contributions to making our lives better through innovative products and
leadership at the company he loved so much that is beloved by so many. Our
thoughts are with the entire Apple family in this difficult time."

Brian Dunn

CEO

Best Buy

"I
am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. He has had an
indelible influence on the way we use technology in our lives. Steve was a
visionary leader who was able to see the world in ways that others were unable
to see. Under Steve's leadership, Apple has been a great partner to Best Buy
and we will miss him. Beyond that, Steve's mark on the connected world as we
know it today - making technology smart, simple and empowering - will leave a
lasting legacy that will continue to influence technology well into the future.
For that, all of us, whether Apple users or not, should be forever
grateful."

Howard
Stringer

Chairman
Sony:

"The
digital age has lost its leading light, but Steve's innovation and creativity
will inspire dreamers and thinkers for generations."

Meg
Whitman

CEO

Hewlett-Packard:

"Steve
Jobs was an iconic entrepreneur and businessman whose impact on technology was
felt beyond Silicon Valley. He will be remembered for the innovation he brought
to market and the inspiration he brought to the world."

Yuanqing
Yuan

CEO

Lenovo:

"Today the world lost one of its greatest
innovators and visionaries with the passing of Steve Jobs. His achievements are
unmatched in our time. We admired his spirit, his creativity and his passion.
He not only changed the technology industry, he changed the world and made it
better.

Jeff
Bezos

CEO

Amazon.com:

"Steve
was a teacher to anyone paying attention, and today is a very sad day for
everyone who cares about innovation and high standards."

John
Chambers

CEO

Cisco:

"The world lost a true visionary and great man
today. Steve Jobs did more than simply shape our concepts of technology and
invention, he helped define our understanding of how great innovation and
design can bring people closer together. I, and everyone at Cisco, am deeply
saddened by Steve's loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to his colleagues and
family. We'll miss you, Steve, but your legacy will continue forever."

Bill
Gates

Founder

Microsoft:

"I'm
truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs' death. Melinda and I extend our sincere
condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched
through his work.

Steve
and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and
friends over the course of more t

 

Joe Taylor
Chairman & CEO
Panasonic Corporation of North America
"Steve Jobs' personal vision, unrelenting determination and uncompromising execution lead to the personal and professional delight of millions of individuals and businesses in Apple's products and services . What a legacy, what an inspiration to designers, inventors and creators around the globe!" han half our lives.
The
world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the
effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For
those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great
honor. I will miss Steve immensely."

Henry
Wang
Spokesman

Acer:

"His passing away is a great loss to Apple as well as the
industry, although the impact of his departure remains to be seen."

Matthew Shay

President and CEO

National Retail Federation:

"The National Retail
Federation and the entire retail industry mourn news of the passing of Apple
founder Steve Jobs, one of the most innovative leaders of our time who created
an iconic retail brand through innovation and design. In a challenging economy,
Jobs and the entire Apple team invented discretionary products that many
Americans now consider necessities, from the iPod to the iPhone and the iPad.
As a prime example of modern day ingenuity and creativity, Steve Jobs offered
the world an inside look at what the future of consumer electronics can and
will become, with generations of consumers now able to thank him for his
brilliant innovations. He leaves behind a legacy that will inspire retail
companies for decades to come."

Dr. Jong-seok Park

President and CEO

LG Electronics Mobile Communications
Company
"Steven Jobs was, and
still is, an inspiration to many individuals and companies all over the world. His
passing is a loss to innovators and visionaries everywhere, even here in Korea,
and the culture he fostered will be a benchmark for decades to come."

Apple's Board of Directors

"Steve's brilliance, passion
and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all
of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
"His greatest love was for his
wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were
touched by his extraordinary gifts."

Statement by Steve Jobs'
Family:
"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family.

"In his public life, Steve was
known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are
thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the
last year of Steve's illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to
offer tributes and memories.

"We are grateful for the
support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of
you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time
of grief."

Mark Cuban

Founder

HDNet:

"The PC era is officially
over. #RIP #SteveJobs"

Senator Chris Dodd

Chairman/CEO

Motion Picture Association of
America (MPAA):

"The genius of Steve
Jobs, a man I've known for 40 years, not only brought to life the visual magic
and brilliant storytelling of Pixar, but brought the world one of the most
innovative and successful platforms to make movies and TV available online at
the click of a mouse.  He was a pioneer,
and helped all of us better understand how technologists and creators can work
together to enrich and enliven our shared world.  If anyone ever wonders whether one person can
make a difference, the answer is Steve Jobs. 
He will be deeply, deeply missed." 

Jeff
Kagan

Industry analyst:

"What
we feared has come true. We lost Steve today. He was an inspirational leader
that changed our lives and an entire industry. In fact several industries.
Computers, music, smart phones and whatever comes next. Steve Jobs and Apple were
interchangeable brand names."

 

Randall
Stephenson

Chairman
and CEO

AT&T:

"We
are saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was an iconic inventor,
visionary, and entrepreneur, and we had the privilege to know him as partner
and friend. All of us at AT&T offer our thoughts and prayers to Steve's
wife, family and his Apple family."

 

Dean Garfield

President and CEO

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI):

"Steve Jobs exemplified the greatness, potential and innovative spirit of America. His contributions, which have touched hundreds of millions of people worldwide, will live on for generations. He was an extraordinary leader who helped inspire a revolution that changed our lives forever." 

 

John Lasseter and Ed Catmull

Pixar

"Steve Jobs was an extraordinary visionary, our very dear friend and the guiding light of the Pixar family. He saw the potential of what Pixar could be before the rest of us, and beyond what anyone ever imagined. Steve took a chance on us and believed in our crazy dream of making computer animated films; the one thing he always said was to simply ‘make it great.' He is why Pixar turned out the way we did and his strength, integrity and love of life has made us all better people. He will forever be a part of Pixar's DNA. Our hearts go out to his wife Laurene and their children during this incredibly difficult time."

 

G.S. Choi
CEO
Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics is saddened to hear of Chairman Steve Jobs' passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences.
Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur.
His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world.
We would like to again express our sincerest condolences to Mr. Jobs' family and his colleagues.

 

Keith Lehmann
Senior VP
Kenwood's CE sector

Jobs "gave people products they never knew they wanted, and they loved them." He had an innovator's vision, enabling him to "know what people want before they know they want it."
The iPod and iPhone, he added, "was a major game changer" in the car audio aftermarket, leading to head units that select the songs stored on a connected iPod or iPhone.

Gary Bart
CEO
Stem Innovation:

"In my own career, mostly making products for Apple customers, Steve was a guiding light. Without his conscious awareness, Steve has been my mentor. I hope my efforts from this moment forward pay appropriate tribute to possibly the greatest innovator the world will ever know."

 

Paul Griffin
Founder
Griffin Technology

"Steve Jobs saw, more clearly than anybody else, how technology applies to our lives, the lives of everyday people. All the computing power in the world would not be able to calculate the impact of Steve Jobs' vision on our lives. We continue to honor and celebrate his achievement.

"On behalf of Griffin Technology, I extend our condolences to Steve Jobs' family, his colleagues, and others close to him."

 

Alan Yeung
co-founder
AViiQ

 

"Steve Jobs was a true visionary. Even though he's left us with an incredible legacy, it is still hard to imagine the potential of what's undiscovered. Our design-driven approach to product development is just one of the countless ripples created by his dent in the universe. We will miss him."

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