Yukari Iwatani Kane, Joann S. Lublin, and Nick Wingfield, reporting for the WSJ:
Since Steve Jobs went on medical leave this winter, some members
of Apple Inc.’s board have discussed CEO succession with executive
recruiters and at least one head of a high-profile technology
company, according to people familiar with the matter.
The conversations weren’t explicitly aimed at recruiting a new
chief executive and were more of an informal exploration of the
company’s options, said these people. The directors don’t appear
to have been acting on behalf of the full board, some of these
people said. Apple has seven directors, including Mr. Jobs.
It is also unclear whether Mr. Jobs was aware. In response to
questions from The Wall Street Journal about the discussions, Mr.
Jobs said Monday in an email, “I think it’s hogwash.”
To say that the timing of this story — published 24 minutes before Apple announces its quarterly results — is suspicious is an understatement.
Bringing in an outsider to replace Jobs would be catastrophic. If Jobs steps down any time soon, his successor will be, or at least should be, Tim Cook. The only other names that make sense are all on this page — and none of them are in the middle row.
★ Tuesday, 19 July 2011