Apple board director Jerry York has denied reports that his former Chrysler boss Lee Iacocca is set to become the PC supplier's new chief executive, as the company PR machine tried to dismiss stories that Iacocca had visited the company on Thursday.
According to multiple sources within Apple, Iacocca toured various company facilities around Silicon Valley in the company of interim CEO Steve Jobs. But York insisted that there was no question of Iacocca being lined up to take on the job as CEO. "Nothing could be further from the truth," he said.
Apple spokespeople declined to comment on whether Jobs and Iacocca did make their alleged tour and dened that an impromptu board meeting was held late on Thursday. But they offered no explanation as to why Apple employees at various facilties should imagine seeing Jobs and Iacocca visiting their offices during the course of Thursday.
Meanwhile Apple proxy statements filed with the US Securites and Exchange Commission has revealed that it cost the loss making company $6.73 million to get rid of ousted chief executive Gil Amelio. Apple also paid $471,461 during fiscal 1997 to Aero ventures - which Amelio owns - for use of the aircraft in which Amelio flew around the US.
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