Apple May Discuss Schmidt Replacement

Apple's board will discuss possible replacements for the seat recently vacated by Google CEO Eric Schmidt when it meets next Tuesday, a report says.
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CUPERTINO, Calif. (

TheStreet

) --

Apple

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directors will discuss possible replacements for the board seat recently vacated by

Google

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CEO Eric Schmidt when the board meets next Tuesday, the

Wall Street Journal

reports, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Schmidt

resigned from Apple's board

last month, amid intensifying competition between the two tech companies. Smith's departure also was seen as an attempt to avoid increasing U.S. government scrutiny of Silicon Valley.

Schmidt joined Apple's board in 2006.

Schmidt's Exit Stokes Google/Apple War

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One person close to Apple has said in the past that Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook may be appointed to the board in the not-too-distant future, the

Journal

reports. It's unclear whether directors will consider adding Cook to the board when it meets next week.

Apple declined to comment for the

Journal

.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York

.