Former Northrop Grumman CEO Joins Apple Board to Replace Jobs Critic

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Apple has finally filled the board of directors seat vacated when Steve Jobs critic Jerome York died in March. Ron Sugar, a former Northrop Grumman CEO will chair the Audit and Finance Committee. Sugar “has been involved in the development of some very sophisticated technology,” the Cupertino, Calif. company announced Wednesday.

“I have always had enormous admiration for the people of Apple,” Sugar said in a statement. Not so for the late Jerome York, who once said he was “disgusted” by Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ concealment of his previous illness. Jobs hailed Sugar as “an engineer at heart, who then became a very successful business leader.”

Sugar retired as CEO of the defense contractor at the end of 2009 after assuming leadership in 2003. He remains on the boards of Chevron Corporation, Amgen Inc., and Air Lease Corporation. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Ares Management LLC private investment firm.

Apple’s current board is composed of former Vice President Al Gore, Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell, J. Crew chairman Millard Drexler, Avon Products chairman Andrew Young, and Genentech chairman Arthur Levinson.

[9to5Mac, Washington Post]