But who would be the best choice?
Looking at the composition of the current Apple board, six of the board's seven outside directors are age 63 or older. Many of them have served more than a decade on the board and were known for their explicit loyalty to Steve Jobs. Two directors, Intuit's (INTU) chief executive Bill Campbell and J. Crew's chief executive Millard "Mickey" Drexler, have sat on the board since the late 1990s. There is only one woman and there are no people of color.
CNBC recently published its list of 50 industry disruptors -- private companies in 27 industries whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. Steve Jobs was an industry disruptor. Who is a current-day Steve Jobs? Some say it is Elon Musk. He is the poster boy for product innovation and out-of-the-box ideas, definitely an industry disruptor. His company SpaceX is at the top of CNBC's Disruptor List. The public companies he is involved with are also disruptors: Tesla (TSLA) and Solar City (SCTY). Apple's board of directors could use a disruptor like Elon Musk to "shake things up" like Steve Jobs used to do.
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