Is Bill Campbell preparing to leave Apple’s Board of Directors?

“According to an SEC Form 4 filed Friday, Bill Campbell, a key Apple board member and a close friend and adviser to Steve Jobs, executed a ‘non-sale transfer’ of 60,000 shares of Apple stock worth more than $7.7 million in late August — including directors options he’d been holding for eight years,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“It’s not clear where Campbell transferred those shares or for what purpose. In 2007 Campbell sold 160,000 shares with an average strike price of $5.75, clearing nearly $17 million in the sale,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “But those options were approaching their expiration date. Some of the options he transferred on Aug. 27 weren’t going to expire until 2018.”

“It’s also not clear how many — if any — Apple shares Campbell retained. But the size and timing of the transfer could be significant,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “One possibility — and this is purely speculative — is that he is reconsidering his position on Apple’s board.”

Elmer-DeWitt reports, “Campbell, who is chairman of Intuit, is also a close adviser to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who resigned his position on Apple’s board on Aug. 3 because of growing conflicts of interest. Although not a member of Google’s board of directors, Campbell attends its board meetings — the only outsider who does so.”

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12 Comments

  1. An article of pure speculation, based on an idiot author that learned some limited information, that he can’t figure out or process.

    AIf Jobs values Campbell and trust him, he’s “non threatening”

  2. Intuit…..where have I heard that name……..let me think. Oh yes, that crappy ass Quicken that I ditched for something else cause they don’t have an iPhone app and haven’t updated their product is nearly 3 years.

    I remember them…….sorta.

  3. Humm …

    Might Apple-Google-Intuit be the Trilateral Commission of Tech ?

    Whatever you do – don’t let Alex Jones know about it … ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

    BC

  4. “In 2007 Campbell sold 160,000 shares with an average strike price of $5.75, clearing nearly $17 million in the sale”

    I think that should be $105.75. Do the math, and Apple’s stock hasn’t been that low since 2003 or earlier.

  5. @Cubert

    He means that $5.75 was what he original purchased each share for, not what he sold each share for. If you subtract $5.75*160,000 from the total he received for the sale that would be the his profit there. Which probably was around around a 105 dollars.

    Cash Return From Sale – Original Investment=Amount Gained

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