THE APPOINTMENT: Apple Inc. named Arthur Levinson as its non-executive chairman to fill a vacancy left open when co-founder Steve Jobs died last month.
THE BACK STORY: The move rewards a longtime Apple board member who chose it over Google Inc. when the technology giants began to compete with each other. A federal investigation had pressured him to choose one of the board seats.
ABOUT LEVINSON: He is chairman of pharmaceuticals company Genentech Inc. and was its CEO from 1995 to 2009. He has been co-lead director of Apple’s board since 2005 and a member since 2000.