For about a week or so, since the discovery that the latest iPhone had more problems than the Apple team knew about, the Cupertino camp has been relatively quiet. With the iPhone announcement event being a little lackluster after the untimely resignation of Steve Jobs, a lot of people were left wondering what else could go wrong for Apple. There were some holes that needed to be patched or filled and it seemed that they had no idea who was going to step in.
This week, Apple did state that they have decided on a new Director of Apple and a new non-executive Chairman of the Board.
The Fruit Company has decided on Arthur Levinson (no relation to Jan) as the new chairman. This decision seems to be somewhat of a gift to Levinson, as he stayed firm with Apple and didn't jump ship over to Google when the two started to get catty with each other. Sources say that this should be a natural transition for the 61 year old, who has been with the company since 2000. On this news, he said,
Apple is always focused on out-innovating itself... and that is something I am very proud to be a part of.
The second move, and the more interesting one, was that Apple named Robert Iger, president and CEO of Walt Disney, as director. Iger's relationship with Apple is intriguing as he was responsible for mending the broken bond between Apple and Disney in 2005, which allowed Disney, ABC and ESPN content to finally show up on iTunes. He also led Disney's acquisition of Pixar for $7.4 billion and with that, made Steve Jobs the largest shareholder of Pixar. Iger was very happy about Apple's decision to move up in the ranks.
I am extremely pleased to join the board of such a wonderful company. Over the years, I have come to know and admire the management team, now ably led by Tim Cook, and I am confident they have the leadership and vision to ensure Apple's continued momentum and success.
This Apple After Jobs saga continues and it will either be a very rocky road ahead or it may turn out to be all daisies and roses. Of course, Apple's daisies won't have pollen even though daisies have had pollen for years and their roses will be white, but it will take seven years for them to turn white because they won't be sure which white really speaks to them.