Disney (NYSE: DIS) President and CEO Bob Iger has agreed to join Apple’s board of directors, filling the vacancy left by the death of co-founder Steve Jobs last month. Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) also named current board member Art Levinson as non-executive chairman of the board.
Apple announced the moves Monday after the close of the stock market. Levinson has been a co-lead director at Apple since 2005, the company said in a press release. But in the past, that often meant deferring to Jobs’ will for the company he ran with an iron fist. Now under CEO Tim Cook, Apple’s board could be poised to grow a little more assertive over certain aspects of the company’s strategy and direction.
Iger is no stranger to Apple, of course, having orchestrated the purchase of Jobs’ Pixar movie studio by Disney and partnering with the company on several product launches over the years.
He’s also the chairman of Disney. Iger will become chairman of Disney next year when current chairman John Pepper is scheduled to step down at the company’s annual meeting in March.