Google CEO leaves Apple board

Fun fact: Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been on the Apple board of directors since August 2006. That’s coming to an end, though. Apple announced this morning that Schmidt was stepping down from his position.

For once, Apple isn’t shy about disclosing precise reasons behind an important move. Here’s what Apple CEO Steve Jobs says in the official announcement:

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.

As Spock might say, that all seems perfectly logical. As noted, Google already competes against the iPhone with its Android mobile platform, and the search giant will soon cross swords with Apple in the operating system world thanks to Chrome OS. Apple also faces competition from Chrome, which uses the same rendering engine as Safari, in the browser world. If you’re curious, the folks at 9 to 5 Mac have pointed out even more areas of overlap, including consumer photo software, productivity software, and video services.

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    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    Wasn’t some US government department looking in to this situation recently? I wonder if that had anything to do with it.

      • The Dark One
      • 10 years ago

      The FCC is looking into Apple/AT&T banning Google Voice-enabled apps from their store, if that’s what you mean.

      • A_Pickle
      • 10 years ago

      Uh…

      …please don’t tell me that you just insinuated that a Creative product will be the death of Apple’s iPod Touch and iPhone. Because if you did, /[

      • dustyjamessutton
      • 10 years ago

      Don’t forget about the Marijuana, small effiecient cars, and crappy hippy music.

      • ThorAxe
      • 10 years ago

      +1

      The truth will set you free.

    • PRIME1
    • 10 years ago

    l[

      • UberGerbil
      • 10 years ago

      The sold it all off several years later. I could dig up the exact dates if you care, but I doubt MS has anything more than a nominal investment at this point (like any company with cash on hand they do invest in various securities, though not much in actual stocks)

    • valrandir
    • 10 years ago

    I think what will end up happening is that Google will just buy Apple when the time is right.

      • Silus
      • 10 years ago

      Going by market capital alone, Google can’t afford Apple…unless they one up AMD in buying a company that they couldn’t afford and get a huge debt.

      • blastdoor
      • 10 years ago

      as of right now, apple’s market cap is larger (just barely) than google’s. I don’t see either one buying the other. It’s also hard to see how a merger would make any sense.

    • blastdoor
    • 10 years ago

    While I think this is necessary, I doubt it will damage cooperation between google and apple. Google’s primary competitor is really microsoft. I suspect that if MS had stayed out of search, google would have stayed out of operating systems and browsers.

      • Farting Bob
      • 10 years ago

      Ms has been in the search industry long before google started getting noticed.

        • Hattig
        • 10 years ago

        Yes, and everyone used Altavista.

          • Farting Bob
          • 10 years ago

          Ask Jeeves kicked everyones ass back in the day. Sure it wasnt as good at finding stuff, but it had a sarcastic butler, and that is important.

      • A_Pickle
      • 10 years ago

      g[

    • droopy1592
    • 10 years ago

    lol sounds like a fight!

    or competition. Too bad everyone is not playing fair.

    • KyleSTL
    • 10 years ago

    This defines ‘conflict of interest’. That’s like a GM CEO on the board of directors for Ford.

      • oneofthem
      • 10 years ago

      the potential trespass here in terms of business ethics is more collusion than sabotage

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