Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 22:28 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Apple 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."
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Redundant?
by sbergman27 on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 22:45 UTC
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2005-07-24

"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"

So basically Apple is saying that they are excluding him for reasons of duplicated functionality?

Edited 2009-08-03 22:46 UTC

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RE: Redundant?
by Chicken Blood on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 23:28 UTC in reply to "Redundant?"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

Don't be silly. They are excluding him before the SEC considers it a conflict of interest and investigates.

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RE: Redundant?
by philipsw on Tue 4th Aug 2009 21:14 UTC in reply to "Redundant?"
philipsw Member since:
2009-07-27

Let's not forget the fact that this was a mutual decision.

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RE[2]: Redundant?
by darknexus on Tue 4th Aug 2009 22:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Redundant?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

No, it was a mutual decision according to the politically correct public statement. Whatever may have happened internally, however, could be a very different story, and the PR people are very good at saying something while really saying nothing at all that's true. We'll probably never know who actually was involved in this decision.

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Call a spade a spade
by Lo_Phat on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 23:29 UTC
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2009-07-08

"...we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign..."

Gotta love that weasel corporate speak.

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I wonder how much he contributed..
by Adurbe on Tue 4th Aug 2009 08:05 UTC
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2005-07-06

Having the 'internet king' on your board MUST have got the odd better deal here and there. Not excluding the information sharing that woul have taken place over lunch/golf

It also sortof 'morally obliged' Google to produce Mac versions of their apps, lets hope this continues!

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