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According to a report on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is "actively seeking" new directors for the company's board as he relaxes the tech giant's laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives.

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In a profile on his performance as successor to Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, The Wall Street Journal claims Cook is looking to add to the company's long-standing -- and aging -- eight-person board of directors.

The board includes seven outside directors, six of whom are over the age of 63. Four have been with Apple for more than a decade, while Intuit CEO Bill Campbell and J. Crew Group chief Millard S. "Mickey" Drexler have both served since the late 1990s.

As noted by the publication, the current board is known for its loyalty to Jobs, which could make things difficult for Cook as he reshapes Apple to better retain its lead in the marketplace. Overall, the Apple chief's recent moves are considered to be more in line with those of "normal" tech firm CEOs, a distinct departure from the way Jobs ran his company.

One former employee describes Cook as a "peacetime CEO," contrasting against Jobs, who was a "wartime CEO."

"The only thing that Steve cared about was creating great products. The company, the employees were only there to facilitate that goal," said a former employee. "Tim is much more worried about everything at the company."
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Want to see that Intuit Campbell guy go and VP Gore. The others I don't know but Campbell was a friend of Steve, but he's a jerk at running Intuit and keep the Mac platform behind as far as possible. Gore? What possible contribution has he made, even if we are talking political clout. Zero.

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As long as they don't base their decisions on "diversity" or any other forms of modern day discrimination, then I am in favor of this.

 

I've said this before, but being on the board of Apple sure sounds like winning a lottery ticket.

 

How often does the board have to meet? How many hours per year do the board members put in on average? How much of an input does the board really have?

 

I am much more in favor of a "wartime CEO", than a "peacetime CEO", but there's nothing that can be done about that since Jobs is no longer around of course, and Tim Cook has done a pretty good job so far.

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Get rid of Gore. What expertise does he have in technology? And now that Apple has Lisa Jackson reporting directly to Cook they don't need an environmental guru on the board.
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Get rid of Gore. What expertise does he have in technology? And now that Apple has Lisa Jackson reporting directly to Cook they don't need an environmental guru on the board.

Algorithms were named after him for a reason. Duh¡

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Get rid of Phil Schiller first.
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Algorithms were named after him for a reason. Duh¡

I never saw that one before! LOL

I think they need an end user with a lot of experience, and I am available. 1biggrin.gif
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Algorithms were named after him for a reason. Duh¡

 

He believes he invented the internet.

He thinks Cacti are waving at him when he drives his Prius through the desert.

He has never been Googled.

He's, the least interesting man in the world.

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post #9 of 90
I've never understood why Ron Sugar is on the board. Former Northrop Grumman?
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RadarTheKat

"He's, the least interesting man in the world."

 

That's funny! ROFL!

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Get rid of Phil Schiller first.
Nah, just give him a new role. I'm sure Tim could find something for him to do.
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Good news if true. Many of the board members are bit long in the tooth. I've been saying this for about a year now.

That said, I would also vote for some stability and continuity, and moving slowly. Many of them have grown up with the modern Apple, and they know today's company pretty well. They have, for better or worse, been a part of shaping it.
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I'm available.

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"relaxes the tech giant's laser focus in favor of support for existing products and new initiatives."

 

Doesn't even make sense. What else does Apple do, other than focus on existing products, and new initiatives?

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Oooh,ooh. ME!!!!!!!
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How often does the board have to meet? How many hours per year do the board members put in on average? How much of an input does the board really have?

At least four times a year, in companies like Apple. The average Fortune 500 board member spends about one month worth of company-related work. Post-SOx, boards have a major say in what goes on in companies.

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Get rid of Gore. What expertise does he have in technology?

Probably more expertise than you do.

 

I might agree with your suggestion, but your politics aside, why do you want to get rid of Gore?

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He believes he invented the internet.

He thinks Cacti are waving at him when he drives his Prius through the desert.

He has never been Googled.

He's, the least interesting man in the world.

I think that summed it up nicely.

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Let face it. Steve was thrown out by the original board of Apple since they were bean counters. Steve obviously was able to get people in place who did not question what he was doing, they were just figure heads to give the outside world some satisfaction that someone may have been watching over Steve. The next worse thing for some companies outside of listening to what Wall Street has to say about how a company should be run is a board it is pushing the Wall street agenda. It is obvious that this board did not do that until Cook took over and they fell to the pressure of icahn and wall street.

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Probably more expertise than you do.

I might agree with your suggestion, but your politics aside, why do you want to get rid of Gore?
Because of what I said. Apple should have board members experienced in technology or running large corporations. But outside of politics why do you think Gore should stay?
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Nah, just give him a new role. I'm sure Tim could find something for him to do.

As long as that doesnt involve any product presentations at all, I might be okay. I cringe when he gets on stage. You can tell there's little to no understanding about what he's presenting. Just marketing speak.
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Because of what I said. Apple should have board members experienced in technology or running large corporations. But outside of politics why do you think Gore should stay?

Al Gore, may have not invented the internet (in any event, for those interested in actual facts, he was misquoted on that), but as a member of the US Congress, he pioneered some of the enabling legislation that helped advance the internet as we know it today. I am not making this up: you're welcome to educate yourself by checking it out on the internet (no less!), if you wish.

 

All major corporate boards have political/regulatory types on them. Apple is by no means unique in that respect. It therefore makes perfect sense for someone like Gore to be on a major board. That said, he may be past his sell-by date. I am not sure who the alternative would be, but I can see that he should perhaps go.

 

"Because of what [you] said"? That's laughable. You simply asserted that Gore should go without offering an argument (unless you were claiming that he knows nothing about tech, in which case, you're plainly wrong), and then said that is because of what you said!

 

Typical of your shallow, drive-by posting style. (Not that I expect you to change -- my guess is, you won't -- but I'll call you out on it if/when I see it).

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Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post
Get rid of Phil Schiller first.

 

Any reason for this madness, or can we just chalk it up to yet another person not to listen to?

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He believes he invented the internet.

He thinks Cacti are waving at him when he drives his Prius through the desert.

He has never been Googled.

He's, the least interesting man in the world.

 

Give it a rest!  Gore never claimed to invent the internet, he claimed to have played the leading political role in bringing it about.  That is true, and is backed up by the technical people who actually invented the internet.

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Give it a rest!  Gore never claimed to invent the internet, he claimed to have played the leading political role in bringing it about.  That is true, and is backed up by the technical people who actually invented the internet.

 

Thank you! I am sick of that repeated myth going around saying that Al Gore "invented" the Internet when Al Gore never said that. 

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Al Gore, may have not invented the internet (in any event, for those interested in actual facts, he was misquoted on that), but as a member of the US Congress, he pioneered some of the enabling legislation that helped advance the internet as we know it today. I am not making this up: you're welcome to educate yourself by checking it out on the internet (no less!), if you wish.

All major corporate boards have political/regulatory types on them. Apple is by no means unique in that respect. It therefore makes perfect sense for someone like Gore to be on a major board. That said, he may be past his sell-by date. I am not sure who the alternative would be, but I can see that he should perhaps go.

"Because of what [you] said"? That's laughable. You simply asserted that Gore should go without offering an argument (unless you were claiming that he knows nothing about tech, in which case, you're plainly wrong), and then said that is because of what you said!

Typical of your shallow, drive-by posting style. (Not that I expect you to change -- my guess is, you won't -- but I'll call you out on it if/when I see it).
Yes my argument is I think there are others that know more about technology and running large corporations. And Gore's political connections certainly didn't help Apple with the DOJ.

As far as the internet goes...http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10000872396390444464304577539063008406518
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Originally Posted by NormM View Post

Give it a rest!

 

You’re unfamiliar with these commercials, I see.

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Any reason for this madness, or can we just chalk it up to yet another person not to listen to?

His product presentations are horrible, and I feel he's a bit myopic about Apple's marketing? Good enough?
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Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post
His product presentations are horrible, and I feel he's a bit myopic about Apple's marketing? Good enough?

 

Hey, at least it’s a reason! Just post it next time rather than “HE SHOULD BE FIRED BECAUSE HE SHOULD BE FIRED”. Cheers for having the guts to speak your mind.

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Ugh. Another one of these articles. Sorry, I don't trusts sources that are unnamed and are former employees.
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"The only thing that Steve cared about was creating great products. The company, the employees were only there to facilitate that goal," said a former employee. "Tim is much more worried about everything at the company."

Steve had the right idea.... Pursue greatness and success follows.

Pursue success, and you become Hewlett-Packard. Or Compaq....

There's more to success than a tight supply chain.
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As long as they don't base their decisions on "diversity" or any other forms of modern day discrimination, then I am in favor of this.

I've said this before, but being on the board of Apple sure sounds like winning a lottery ticket.

How often does the board have to meet? How many hours per year do the board members put in on average? How much of an input does the board really have?

I am much more in favor of a "wartime CEO", than a "peacetime CEO", but there's nothing that can be done about that since Jobs is no longer around of course, and Tim Cook has done a pretty good job so far.

Where's "zombie steve jobs" when you need him?

Talk about forcefully grabbing market share and shaking up the board...
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Steve had the right idea.... Pursue greatness and success follows.

Pursue success, and you become Hewlett-Packard. Or Compaq....

There's more to success than a tight supply chain.
You don't think Tim is interested in pursuing greatness? You can be great and successful at the same time.
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Algorithms were named after him for a reason. Duh¡

He believes he invented the internet.
He thinks Cacti are waving at him when he drives his Prius through the desert.
He has never been Googled.
He's, the least interesting man in the world.

He thinks that grape nuts is a venereal disease.
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How about Jony Ive? Anything that would prevent a sitting SVP from also being a board member?

 

If not him, how about Elon Musk?

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He thinks that grape nuts is a venereal disease.

You're showing your age with the use of the term 'venereal disease'. 1wink.gif
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He thinks that grape nuts is a venereal disease.

 

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post #38 of 90
I see the head honcho of Tesla ripe for a seat at Apple. And Jean-Louis Gassée is really a wired in tech guy and a friend of Apple's.

.... Also, did anyone ever fill the seat of the Google mole on the Apple board?
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Or...

 

 

He's a real hit with the cool kids.

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How about Jony Ive? Anything that would prevent a sitting SVP from also being a board member?

If not him, how about Elon Musk?

No except that it will waste Jony's time. Besides it's better to get trusted outsiders on an advisory role.
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