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Apple names new chairman

Arthur Levinson takes over the position created for Steve Jobs

Apple names new chairman
Apple has named long-time Apple board member Arthur Levinson as its new chairman.

Long-time Apple board member, Arthur Levinson, has been named by the company as its non-executive chairman. The move rewards Levinson, who chose Apple over Google when the technology giants began competing with each other, according to the Press Association.

Levinson fills the vacancy left when co-founder Steve Jobs died in October after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Levinson said in a statement that he was honoured to be named as Apple's chairman.
"Apple is always focused on out-innovating itself ... and that is something I am very proud to be a part of," he said.

Levinson is chairman of pharmaceuticals company Genentech and showed his loyalty in 2009 when a federal investigation pressured him to choose between keeping his board seat at Apple or at internet search leader Google.

Jobs had been chairman for less than two months when he passed away, the position was created for him when he was forced to step down as chief executive in August due to his worsening health.

According to the Press Association, Robert Iger, president and chief executive of The Walt Disney Co, was approached as a director.

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