He advised both Apple and Google until a Fortune profile brought his role to light
When Bill Campbell executed a “non-sale transfer” of $7.7 million worth of Apple AAPL stock in Sept. 2009, we speculated that given his increasing awkward position as a close adviser to both Steve Jobs and Google GOOG CEO Eric Schmidt, Campbell might be reconsidering his position on Apple’s board of directors.
We were wrong about that. Campbell still sits on Apple’s board. It was his unique relationship with Google — the only outsider who sat in on board meetings — that had to change. And according to Campbell, it was the rare profile in Fortune we quoted that forced the issue.
“I had a nice time for a long time being under the radar,” he told the New York Times‘ Miguel Helft in an interview posted Monday:
- The secret coach, Fortune July 21, 2008
- Why Google’s CEO had to leave Apple’s board
- Who will replace Eric Schmidt on Apple’s board
- Why Levinson picked Apple over Google
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