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15 Influential Tech Board Members

The board of directors' primary responsibility is to protect the assets of shareholders, trying to ensure they receive a strong return on their investments. In some cases, directors include venture capitalists or angel investors who have invested in a technology business. In others, directors are selected from outside the IT industry, perhaps because of their connections or success in complementary businesses. A board of directors can be a big asset. After all, the board gives a business the opp
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Following the drama of Mark Hurd's exit, HP's board elected newly crowned CEO and president Leo Apotheker to its membership. While the soap opera goings-on at HP may be a novelty, the responsibilities of the boardroom are not to Apotheker, who previously was CEO and a board member at SAP.

Apotheker also serves as vice chairman of the supervisory board of Schneider Electric SA and is a member of the board of GT Nexus and the board of PlaNet Finance, a not-for-profit organization.

SEE ALSO:

HP Board Reshuffles In Wake Of Hurd Dismissal

Sprint Directors Resign From Clearwire Board

Google Co-Founder Larry Page To Replace Schmidt As CEO

AMD CEO Dirk Meyer Steps Down

Global CIO: Can HP's CEO Survive? The Board Talks It Over

Global CIO: The HP CEO Dream Team: Andreessen & IBM's Rometty

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