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Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been elected to Apple Inc.'s Board of Directors

Tuesday Apple announced that Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt has been elected to the company’s board of directors bringing the board's total membership to eight. Dr. Schmidt currently also sits on the board of directors for Google and Princeton University’s board of trustees.

“Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple’s board of directors,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Dr. Schmidt has a long history working with leading companies in the technology sector. Prior to his chief position at Google Dr. Schmidt was chairman and CEO of Novell and before that he was the CTO at Sun Microsystems.

Dr. Schmidt has also held positions with Xerox in the company’s Palo Alto research center (PARC) as well as Bell Labs and Zilog. Dr. Schmidt holds a bachelors degree from Princeton University in electrical engineering and a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from Berkeley.

The ties between Apple and Google have been relatively quiet, at least until now.  More than likely we will see some collaboration between the two companies in the near future.  iGmail anyone?


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By DallasTexas on 8/31/2006 8:58:09 AM , Rating: 2
Idiotic comments on this forum is a given so it's a matter of mentally applying an 'idiotic comment filter' :-)

However, to your point, of course CEO's on other companies board do not imply any 'pairing'. That's just the uneducated making noise. In fact Intel's CEO has been on the Google board for years as an example of equivalent 'news' .

What is possible however, is alignment of objectives and collaborative business strategies. I can envision Apple becomming a consumer products power house and Google becomming a services company to deliver content. Intel to deliver technologies. - THAT is a cool.


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