Jobs leaves Gap's board of directors. The announcement of the exit by the Apple CEO from the management body of the company that deals with marketing clothes and managing a huge chain of stores on American territory arrived yesterday and follows a cross-series of operations summary that is changing the profile of several companies, in one way or another close to Apple.
For example, a fortnight ago, the volcanic Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, resigned from the Cupertino board of directors. Gap later released his CEO, the equally controversial Millard Drexler, who is also Apple's board member. In Gap he then appointed a former Disney top manager, Paul Pressler, as CEO.
A few days ago, then, Apple and Gap ended up in the spotlight precisely for their boards of directors, judged among the worst in the American industry for the too many interests and ties that the directors have towards the companies they govern. Apple, for example, has often been criticized in the past for the presence on the board of Jerome York, CEO of MicroWarehouse, one of the leading Apple retailers worldwide.
The post vacated by Jobs on the Gap board of directors was taken by former Coca-Cola manager Penny Hughes.
We recall that, according to many sources, precisely the example of Gap and the contacts he had on his board of directors provided Jobs with much of the inspiration for the Apple Store model. Several of the designers of the Gap stores, as well as the construction companies that worked for the former Drexler company, have collaborated and continue to collaborate for the creation of the Cupertino Store chain.