Art Levinson leaves Google’s Board - remains at Apple
Former Genentech chairman and CEO Art Levinson has resigned from Google?s board where he has been director since April 2004. No reason was given for his departure, though his membership on both the Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) boards and the Federal Trade Commission inquiry into it surely played a role. This past July, Google CEO Eric Schmidt left Apple?s board presumably for the same reason. The cozy relationship between the companies, which increasingly compete in the cellphone and operating systems markets, had led the FTC to question whether the close ties between their boards of directors violate antitrust laws. With Schmidt gone from Apple?s board room and Levinson gone from Google?s it would seem there?s no longer reason for the FTC to do so.
?Art has been a key part of Google?s success these past five years, offering unvarnished advice and vital counsel on every big issue and opportunity Google has faced,? Schmidt said in a statement. ?Though he leaves as a member of
our Board, Art will always have a special place at Google.?
Though not nearly as special as his place at Apple, where his true allegiances clearly lie.
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