Following the recent announcement that Bill Campbell would be retiring as a member of Apple’s board of directors, Fortune published an interview in which the Intuit chairman describes his time at Apple, his relationship with cofounder Steve Jobs and his time as a “coach” to the Silicon Valley elite.

A year after returning to Apple in 1996, Jobs offered Campbell, who also left Apple in the mid-90s, the position. At the time, Campbell was CEO of Intuit, where he still serves as chairman of the board. Campbell said the following about Jobs:

He came by one day, and we sat on a bench by the pool and he said, 'I'd like you to join the Apple board. The only time I've had a rush like that was when I was asked to be a trustee of Columbia University. I said, without hesitation, 'For sure.'
Campbell’s relationship with Jobs was close, with some industry analysts referring to the board member as “Steve’s guy.” Campbell continued by saying the following:

I watched him emerge as a CEO in real time. I had a continuum with him. I watched him when he was general manager of the Mac division and when he went off and started NeXT. I watched Steve go from being a creative entrepreneur to a guy who had to run a business.
During the early years as an Apple board member, Campbell began “coaching” up-and-coming tech executives like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Twitter’s Evan Williams, among many others. He continues the practice today but things got heated when Schmidt and Google became Apple’s competition. Campbell said the following regarding the matter:

Steve would say, 'If you're helping them you're hurting me.' He would yell at me," Campbell said. "I'd say, 'I can't do HTML, come on. I'm just coaching them on how to run their company better.'
As for Cook, Campbell refers to the current Apple chief as a “calm, thoughtful guy” who studies a topic before making a decision and moving on. Illustrating this warm nature, Campbell said Cook called recently to ask if he could make a contribution in Campbell’s honor. The donation will go somewhere related to Campbell’s hometown in Pennsylvania. Campbell said the following regarding the matter:

That's the way he thinks. In his warm way of saying goodbye to me he's going to do something warm for me, make a contribution to my home town.
With Campbell retiring, Apple has tapped BlackRock cofounder Susan Wagner to fill the role, making her the second female board member behind Andrea Jung.

Source: Fortune