After spending 17 years with Apple as an executive and then board member, Bill Campbell has stepped aside to make room for incoming board member Susan Wagner. Campbell has seen and been involved in so much over the years, and talking to Fortune today he relived some of the great moments of his tenure.
Among other things, Campbell offers an interesting perspective into working with Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook, looking at both CEOs, their strengths and qualities during their time running Apple. Campbell recalls how Jobs casually asked him to be on the Apple board one afternoon in his backyard, and how over the years he "... watched Steve go from being a creative entrepreneur to a guy who had to run a business."
Campbell also built a strong relationship with Cook, though that wasn't always expected considering how close he was with Jobs previously. Coming up to his resignation, Campbell and Cook had nothing but pleasantries to exchange. From Fortune:
"Campbell says Cook called the morning of his resignation announcement and asked if he could make a contribution somewhere in Campbell's honor. He already sensed that Campbell's preference would be for something related to the town where he grew up, among the steel mills of Pennsylvania. 'That's the way he thinks,' Campbell says of Cook. 'In his warm way of saying goodbye to me he's going to do something warm for me, make a contribution to my home town.'"
You can read the full interview with Campbell's insights at the source link below.