CUPERTINO, Calif. – One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors.
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Bill Campbell's departure after 17 years on Apple Inc.'s board cleared the way for the company to appoint Susan Wagner, a founding partner of money manager Blackrock, as a director.
The changes announced Thursday come against a backdrop of criticism about a shortage of women in key positions at major technology companies.
Wagner becomes the second woman on Apple's eight-person board. Andrea Jung, the former CEO of Avon Products Inc., has been on Apple's board since 2008.
The 73-year-old Campbell worked in marketing as an Apple executive in the 1980s and joined the board in 1997 shortly after Jobs returned as the company's CEO.