Outgoing board member Bill Campbell reflects on his years at Apple. Picture: Intuit
Earlier today it was reported that Bill Campbell, aka Apple’s longest-serving board member, has elected to step down after 17 years. In a timely interview with Fortune, Campbell — who has been involved with Apple dating back to 1983 — reflects on several topics, ranging from Tim Cook’s leadership style to the challenge of balancing advisory work at Google with Steve Jobs’ “thermonuclear war” threats.
Apple has too many white men in its upper ranks, say shareholders who are pressuring the company to add more female and minority directors to its board.
In response, Apple has added new language to its board charter claiming that it will consider more candidates who meet this criteria — noting that, “The nominating committee is committed to actively seeking out highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to include in the pool from which board nominees are chosen.”
In a press release sent out just moments ago, Apple has just announced that former Genentech CEO Arthur D. Levinson has filled the vacant Chairman of the Board position that Steve Jobs left empty by his death in October.
Levinson has been on Apple’s board since 2005 as co-lead director and served on all three board committees over that period.
In addition, Apple has announced that Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger will be joining Apple’s board and will serve on the audit committee.