Overdue or not, Eric Schmidt’s resignation from the Apple board today is certainly the right move. It’s understandable that neither side wanted to look like they had been forced into this by news of a Department of Justice investigation, so it’s fitting that they used the cover of Google’s announcement of the Chrome OS – a piece of vapourware that is at least a year away – to make the necessary split.
There are still some loose ends, however. For instance, what about Art Levinson? The former Genentech CEO still sits as a non-executive director on both Apple and Google boards. The companies have never been transparent about whether Levinson ever recuses himself from discussions of strategy that touch on both companies, as Schmidt did. Read more