Skip to comments.Sue Wagner joins Apple’s Board of Directors; Bill Campbell retiring after 17 years
Posted on 07/18/2014 12:08:32 AM PDT by Swordmaker
Apple today announced that Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock, has been elected to Apples board of directors. Bill Campbell, the boards longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service.
Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the worlds most successful asset-management companies, holding a range of leadership positions including vice chairman until mid-2012. She continues to serve on the boards of BlackRock and DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.
Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apples board of directors, said Tim Cook, Apples CEO, in a statement. We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world.
We conducted an exhaustive search for someone who would further strengthen our boards breadth of talent and background, and we are delighted to have identified such an outstanding individual, said Art Levinson, Apples chairman, in a statement. Im confident that Sue is going to make an important and positive impact on our company. I have always admired Apple for its innovative products and dynamic leadership team, and Im honored to be joining their board, said Wagner in a statement. I have tremendous respect for Tim, Art and the other board members, and I look forward to working with them.
Wagner graduated with honors from Wellesley College with a BA in English and Economics, and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. She has been recognized as one of Fortune Magazines 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and honored by the National Council for Research on Women. At BlackRock, she championed and continues to support the Womens Initiative Network, designed to foster the full potential of women within the company.
Bill Campbells relationship with Apple dates back to 1983, when he joined the company as vice president of Marketing. Next to Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula, Campbell is the longest-serving board member in the companys history.
Bills contributions to Apple are immeasurable and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude. On behalf of the board and the entire company, I want to thank him for being a leader, a mentor and a friend, said Cook. When Bill joined Apples board, the company was on the brink of collapse. He not only helped Apple survive, but hes led us to a level of success that was simply unimaginable back in 1997.
Over the past 17 years, its been exciting to watch history unfold as Apple emerged as the premier technology company in the world. Working with Steve and Tim has been a joy, said Campbell. The company today is in the best shape that I have seen it, and Tims leadership of his strong team will allow Apple to continue to be great going forward.
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So now, Apple, once led by electronics geniuses,
have now placed a corporate feminist, with
little experience in the field of electronics, on their
Actually, the Board of Directors of Apple have seldom been electronic geniuses. . . Even from the beginning. IIRC, even Steve Wozniac elected not to take a board seat.
I thought you were talking about Al Gore at first :)
> Wagner co-founded BlackRock in 1988 and helped it become one of the worlds most successful asset-management companies...
Heh... I recall that when Apple spun off its office software and the like into a separate division, Bill Campbell was made its head, and some wag at Apple dubbed the division “BCIUS — Bill Campbell’s Inherited Used Software”.
Seldom, or even never. During the first Jobs era, I think he promoted to CFO a woman who had started with the company answering the phone.
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