Apple issued a press release this morning announce that Adrea Jung, the chairman and executive officer of Avon Products, has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Jung is also on the board of directors for the General Electric Company and is a member of the New York Presbyterian Hospital board of trustees and the Catalyst board of directors.
“Andrea is a strong CEO and marketer and we look forward to benefiting from her insights and experience as a member of Apple’s board,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Andrea will be our eighth board member, and I think she will add a new dimension to our already lively board discussions.”
“Apple is clearly one of the most innovative companies in the world today,” said Andrea Jung, chairman and chief executive officer of Avon Products. “I feel privileged to join this exciting and dynamic team and look forward to working closely with Steve and the board during the next phase of Apple’s growth.”
One of the things that I find most interesting is if this will have an affect on the Apple/NBC relationship. Obviously Jung is only one woman, but she now sits on the board of directors of Apple, and GE, NBC/Universal’s parent company. It will be interesting to see if she brings any change to that situation.