Google CEO now part of Apple board

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is joining Apple's board, adding another well-known name to the list of high-profile directors who oversee the management of the company behind the iPod portable player and Macintosh computer, an Associated Press report said.

The report said Schmidt had become a multibillionaire and emerged as one of high technology's best-known leaders since Google named him chief executive in 2002. He became the eighth member of Apple's board, which already consisted of several prominent members.

Apple's other board members included the Cupertino-based company's renowned CEO, Steve Jobs, former vice president Al Gore, Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson and Intuit chairman William Campbell, the report 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," Jobs, quoted by Associated Press, said. "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."

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