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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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As both CEO and chairman of Google, until his recent ceding of the CEO role to co-founder Larry Page, Eric Schmidt held the company's reins in both hands. Yet, his sphere of influence once extended beyond the search giant's colorful campus, into neighboring Apple's complex, where he sat on the board of Steve Jobs' empire until his resignation in August 2009 amid intensifying regulatory scrutiny due to the two companies' increasing competition.

Schmidt is chairman of the board for the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

In addition, in 2009 President Obama appointed Schmidt to the Presidential Commission on Advancements in Science and Technology.

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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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