Our iGang: Where I Offer Advice On Filling The Apple Board Of Directors Void

Today, it has been well reported that Eric Scmidt resigned from the Apple Board of Directors (Apple Press Release).

When you look at the primary focus / strategic direction of Apple, retail stores and consumer “lifestyle” computing, Apple has a strong Board of Directors that is pretty evenly distributed.

For retail, there’s Millard Drexler (Chairman and CEO of J. Crew) and Andrea Jung (Chairman and CEO, Avon Products).  It should be noted that Drexler was working at the GAP from 1995 – 2002 (in management, not folding shirts).

For software, they had Google and then there’s Bill Campbell (Chairman and former CEO, Intuit Corp.) who is now left holding the entire load in this category.

Under the category of “smart people” they have Al Gore (former VP and leader of the Vice Presidential Action Rangers) and Arthur D. Levinson, Ph. D. (Chairman of Genentech).

And of course, they got a finance person in Jerry York (Chairman, President and CEO of Harwinton Capital).

This resignation leaves a huge hole in the “software” portion of their board.

Software development architecture is moving towards web-based software services.  Or at the very least, thin client installations that pull data from “the cloud” (like Evernote).

So, outside of Google.  Who has the expertise that can fill this void?

I would offer the following advice:

Go with a “grey hair” working a startup.

A senior-level person who left the “establishment” to start a new venture to take advantage of the changing landscape of computing  (think Microserfs, but 20 years older).

A guy like Jason Calacanis could probably provide a short-list of these type of people.

Speaking of which, adding a senior-level woman wouldn’t be such a bad idea either.

I’d say this is less “advice” and more “find the B movie version of Google” (or if you want to be optimistic about it, the next rock star).

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