Apple Computer has elected search giant Google’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, to its board of directors, increasing the number of director posts with the Cupertino, Calif.-based firm to eight, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Schmidt will serve on the board alongside Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, among others, according to the Journal.
Google’s Eric Schmidt
“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,” Jobs said in a release, according to the Journal.
Schmidt formerly held the CEO reins at Novell, and he also served as chief technology officer with Sun Microsystems, the Journal reports.