Google’s Schmidt joins Apple board

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has joined the board of Apple

Apple Computer has tapped the head of Google for its board, hoping to benefit from his extensive industry experience.

Google’s chief executive officer, Eric Schmidt, has joined Apple’s board of directors, the Californian PC and consumer electronics maker says.

In a press statement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs cited Google’s focus on innovation and Schmidt’s extensive experience as reasons why his appointment will be helpful in guiding Apple’s future course.

Schmidt joined Google in 2001, after spending six years as CEO of Novell, the last of them somewhat rocky as the company failed to shift gears from its NetWare OS to the new internet era.

He stepped down from his job at Novell in mid-March 2001 and was recruited by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin two weeks later to help lead the then-fledgling company.

Since then Google has turned into a multibillion-dollar powerhouse and rivals software giant Microsoft in terms of its reach and influence.

Prior to taking up his position at Novell, Schmidt served as one of the primary architects of the Java programming language at Sun Microsystems, where he was chief technology officer.

Schmidt also serves on Google’s board and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Princeton University in New Jersey.

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