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  • Apple Board of Directors Struggles with Steve Jobs Replacement


    In addition to mourning the loss of a close friend, mentor, and colleague, the Apple Board of Directors is said to be grappling with the unenviable task of replacing the late Apple co-founder with a new chairman of the board.

    According to an insightful report this morning from Reuters, the burning question incumbent upon the board is whether the company wants to continue with business as usual or drastically change the status quo. Consequently, the first and most pressing decision to be made is whether to select an independent chairman or expand the number of directors on the board.

    Apple directors include heavy hitters, but they were seen offering advice to the chief executive rather than overseeing Jobs, who was known for persuading people to see things his way.
    "The old message was "trust Steve," the new message has to be 'trust the team.' ... It's no longer the cult of personality," Jim Post, a professor of corporate governance at Boston University School of Management, tells Reuters. Post is of the mindset that an independent chairman would be best for Apple at this time of transition. "The board needs to be expanded. They need to bring on additional independent talent ..., people who were not living in Steve's shadow," he said.

    Many are already comparing the loss of Steve Jobs to the loss of Walt Disney in a bygone era. "Much like Disney, Apple's founder was the brand. He was their Mickey Mouse, he was their Betty Crocker," said corporate governance expert Nell Minow. "They have to replace him in five different ways."

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Board of Directors Struggles with Steve Jobs Replacement started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      I say continue with business as usual and do things the way Steve would have wanted them done.

      DON'T FIX IT IF IT ISN'T BROKEN!
    1. Bobnewheart's Avatar
      Bobnewheart -
      If the old message was "trust Steve." the new message should be "WWSJD" What would Steve Jobs do.... while I do agree they will need to get some new talent in, if they take things in a radically different direction I don't see it ending well for Apple.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I think it would be best to move to a "trust Tim" philosophy. Steve Jobs trusted Tim Cook to be acting CEO while he took medical leave and also pretty much appointed Tim Cook as his replacement. Steve Jobs must have trusted him good enough to run his company so the board should trust him too.
    1. Primpilampa's Avatar
      Primpilampa -
      Heeey Apple, pick me pick me!!!! I'm from Mexico and I'm a huge fan and I know how to run things in my shoe store, so I guess is the same thing, right??? Please call me at 555 123 4567. Thanks!!
    1. guccipaul's Avatar
      guccipaul -
      Bring back WOZ there should be a campaign to bring him back Steve would have loved it and apple fanboys love THE WOZ
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Well considering that Tim Cook has been there at Apple since Steve Jobs came back also and they both have been there thru everything since iPods and all the other devices. I think Tim knows what to do with the company and how to run it.
    1. digitalreflex's Avatar
      digitalreflex -
      ^^ I don't think they are talking of removing Cook, as he is CEO, they are talking about a chairman of the board of directors, different position.
    1. YELLOWCAKE's Avatar
      YELLOWCAKE -
      I hope Apple doesn't sink while the Board of Directors are busy rocking the boat!
    1. iphoneadam's Avatar
      iphoneadam -
      I love how people are saying what they should "do"... Your on a forum not apple chairman candidates.
    1. hybirdd's Avatar
      hybirdd -
      Currently the Chairman Ad Intermim is Arthur D. Levinson
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      As long as it's NOT Al Gore I'm happy.
    1. Kinkme93's Avatar
      Kinkme93 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      As long as it's NOT Al Gore I'm happy.
      What are you talking about?! Al gore is the man!!!! Hey everyone Steve is gone I know it sucks but.. WE STILL GOT THE GREATEST MAN ALIVE.. BILL GATES BABY!!!!
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      Wwsjd?
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneadam View Post
      I love how people are saying what they should "do"... Your on a forum not apple chairman candidates.
      What the hell else would people be talking about in the replies? People are just stating what they think would be best for Apple.

      I too think the trust Tim Cook idea is what they should go with.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Bring back Woz!
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
      As long as it's NOT Al Gore I'm happy.
      Why not Al? Didn't he invent the internet? And isn't apple pushing everything to the cloud? Appears to be a match made in heaven. Just kidding of course.