A Glimpse Into the Boardroom
Our Insider pages show you which companies may be getting cozy.
There are substantial and sometimes surprising overlaps with companies' boards of directors. You can get a peak into connections that sometimes look too close for comfort using our new Insiders pages. Click on a board member's name to view connections to other companies and board members. We uncovered some interesting tidbits from these pages.
Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) were recently in focus for potential conflicts of interest regarding their boards. Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's board Aug. 3, 2009. The remaining overlapping member, Arthur Levinson, resigned from Google's board Oct. 12. The Federal Trade Commission had been investigating whether the overlapping board members raised antitrust issues.
Meanwhile, Apple chairman and CEO Steve Jobs has sat on Walt Disney's (DIS) board since 2006. Disney's board also includes the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, and shares a member with Procter & Gamble (PG).
Procter & Gamble's board includes former vice president Dick Cheney and the CEO of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Patricia Woertz. The board shares two members with Xerox (XRX), and also overlaps with IBM (IBM), Amazon, eBay (EBAY), Verizon (VZ), and Motorola (MOT).
Microsoft's (MSFT) board includes Netflix's (NFLX) CEO, Reed Hastings. Several of Microsoft's board members serve on multiple boards, such as those of Accenture (ACN), PepsiCo (PEP), and Seagate (STX).
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Rachel Haig has a position in the following securities mentioned above: AAPL, JNJ. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.