Google + Apple = Gapple? Google CEO Joins Apple Board of Directors

Aug 29th, 2006 | By | Category: General

Apple Google Eric Schmidt announcementApple today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, was elected to Apple‚Äôs board of directors at their meeting today. Eric also sits on Google‚Äôs board of directors and Princeton University‚Äôs board of trustees.In Apple’s announcement, Schmidt and Apple CEO Jobs expressed their admiration for each other and their respective organizations.

“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 Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

‚ÄúApple is one of the companies in the world that I most admire,‚Äù said Eric Schmidt. ‚ÄúI’m really looking forward to working with Steve and Apple‚Äôs board to help with all of the amazing things Apple is doing.‚Äù

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.Prior to joining Novell, Eric was chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he led the development of Java, Sun’s platform-independent programming technology, and defined Sun’s Internet software strategy. Before joining Sun in 1983, he was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog.

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