Arthur Levinson: The man who replaced Steve Jobs as Apple’s Chairman of the Board

“One of the first things Steve Jobs did when he returned Apple (AAPL) in 1997 was dismiss the company’s board and appoint directors more to his liking, including Genentech CEO Arthur D. Levinson,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“With Jobs gone and Tim Cook as CEO, Levinson has been elevated to chairman of the board — the last position Jobs held before he died,” P.E.D. reports. “We get the closest look at the role he played at Apple — and his relationship with its powerful CEO — through [Walter] Isaacson’s [Steve Jobs] biography.”

P.E.D. reports, “Levinson was one of the first people Jobs told about his cancer and his decision to try alternative therapies. Levinson ‘pleaded every day’ with him, according to Isaacson. The fights almost ruined their friendship. ‘You cannot solve this without surgery and blasting it with toxic chemicals,’ he told Jobs. ‘That’s not how cancer works.'”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Arline M.” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. Clarification to Mr. Levinson’s comment, who was no Dummy: it is because we are still learning how cancer cells work, that our current therapies are crude, hit-and-miss efforts by comparison. While Steve understandably didn’t want to endure invasive surgery and toxic chemical treatments, until modern Science reaches the point where we can ‘cure’ cancer; surgery, and acting upon it speedily, remains our best option.

    As MDN remarked several weeks ago, What’s Done is Done; and hopefully others will learn from this experience.

  2. Steve Jobs was a genius, and like most, he was a quirky asshole. He also fell into the trap many very smart people fall into: thinking being smart in one thing (or many) means you are smart about everything.

    Finding his tumor on a renal stone CT was a gift- as early is always better with cancer. He pissed it away chasing sky gods, fad diets and all the rest. By the time he consented to proper treatment he had placed his doctors behind the 8-ball.

    Dumb. Galactically stupid.

    Mr Levinson seems like a capable and decent enough guy. Now, with an adult in the room. Apple can move onward and upward.

    1. Always amazes me how ignorant people don’t mind talking out their ass. Steve knew what he was doing and attacking cancer early from the nutritional side has actually been proven effective.
      It is a battle, and in case any forget (as apparently some do), no matter how you treat it, there is no cure. Some fights you just aren’t going to walk away from.

    2. so PAP,
      an asshole who thinks he is smart about everything?

      Were you describing yourself by chance? Just sayin’ with your lovely comments about Steve, and now an adults in the room and etc it certainly sounds like you are a quirky a-hole who knows it all.

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