Apple today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.
“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”
Msg#: 3964625 posted 6:15 pm on Aug 3, 2009 (gmt 0)
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. I’m sure Mr. Schmidt would have stayed just as long as they would have allowed him to sit there listening to Mr. Jobs go on about his visions for Apple’s future product offerings.
Play a round of golf, or sit in on an apple board meeting. I know which one I would rather do.
p.s. does anyone know if he got paid to be on the board to boot?