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Apple waves goodbye to Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Cliff Saran

Eric Schmidt has stepped down from the board of Apple, three years after being elected.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Schmidt cited the overlap between Apple and Google as the reason for his departure.

Schmidt was voted onto Apple's board in 2006. At the time Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, "Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple's board of directors. Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead."

Last week, Apple distanced itself from Google when it rejected Google's Voice telephony application for the Google App Store.

Schmidt has been at the helm of Google since 2001. Prior to Google, he was chief executive of Novell.


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