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Google CEO Schmidt joins Apple's Board

updated 06:40 pm EDT, Tue August 29, 2006

Google CEO on Apple Board

Apple today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, was elected to Apple's board of directors at their meeting today. Schmidt also sits on Google's board of directors 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. "Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead."

"Apple is one of the companies in the world that I most admire," Schmidt said in a statement. "I'm really looking forward to working with Steve and Apple's board to help with all of the amazing things Apple is doing."

Eric Schmidt joined Google from Novell, where he was chairman and CEO. At Google, Eric shares responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations, and is focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid growth while ensuring that quality remains high and product development times are kept to a minimum. Schmidt's 20 years of experience as an Internet strategist, entrepreneur and technologist give him a well-seasoned perspective which perfectly complements Google's needs as a young and rapidly growing company with a unique corporate culture.




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  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This gotta be good...

    Not the worst thing in the world if these two companies are buddy-buddy. Just my 2¢.

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmm

    Now this could be REAL interesting. I think Apple's just found a partner to complete their plans for World Domination (touch pinkie to lips like Dr Evil)

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    YES!

    This is definately good news!

  1. iFrankie

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Microsoft

    Microsoft is going to flip their lid!

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    To h*** with MS

    Hope this pact annihilates that pathetic plague once and for all.

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sssssshh....

    did you hear that?

    Microsoft just s*** a brick.

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: sssssshh....

    ...and it was two years late and bloated as h***.

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Gapple...

    ...will rule the world.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not good per se

    Everyone is loving this, but why doesn't anyone see the conflict in Schmidt sitting on Apple's board? Apple and Google are competitors in some spaces, such as online video downloads. Google has been purported to be working on an online music download service, too.

    I don't see this as a strictly good thing. It's not bad, but there are things to be concerned about.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Big deal

    Since when does being on the board of directors at apple do anything great for the company? The CEO of Intuit is on their board, yet its impossible to get them to make a Mac version of Quicken or Quickbooks on par with Windows. Al Gore's on board, and yet Apple's headquarters are still melting faster then at any point in the last 10000 years. In fact, since Steve-o runs the whole show, and the fact that boards meet just a few times a year, this is really just a bug ado about nothing.

    There certainly isn't anything here to make MS start to sweat. Now, if Apple and Google had formed a partnership, that might be different.

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