Apple chairman Levinson talks post-Jobs era

Apple Chairman of the Board Arthur Levinson spoke at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on Tuesday, and he described his experience running the company’s board of directors as “weird” after the death of Steve Jobs. Levinson said that he misses Jobs, and mentioned that “The Steve Jobs that was in the public eye was not, for the most part, the Steve Jobs that I knew.”

Describing Apple’s recent quarter as “phenomenal,” Levinson mentioned that a company’s short-term earnings mean very little, and noted that he felt confident about the company’s long-term goals. He also said that Apple’s board doesn’t have much input in the creation of new products. “The board is not there to define product specs,” Levinson said. “It’s there as a sounding board. It’s there as a resource. And ultimately, the board is there to hire and fire the CEO.” [via Fortune]

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