By Ralph Ward of Boardroom INSIDERNEW YORK ( Boardroom INSIDER) -- The business and tech worlds have spent the past week fretting over the gaping hole the death of Steve Jobs left at the heart of Apple ( AAPL). Yet management transition has been under way for several years, with Jobs' August CEO retirement being just the coda to an ongoing process. Apple fans may fret over the loss of a true visionary, but the management evolution of Apple from secular religion to another innovative tech company is being handled as well as it can be. What's not being handled well, from all indications, is the transition of Apple's corporate governance and specifically its board leadership. When Jobs took his bow in August, he stated his intention to stay on as executive chairman of Apple's board. At the time, there was concern that Steve Jobs sitting at the head of the table would suck all the oxygen from the boardroom -- and limit new CEO Tim Cook to permanent sidekick status.
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