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'The Coach' Of Silicon Valley Passes Away


Bill Campbell, a major figure in shaping Silicon Valley, died on Monday.

Campbell is perhaps best known for his work at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). He joined the company in 1983 as vice president of marketing and served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1997 to 2014 following brief stints at other technology firms.

Campbell was the longest-tenured director in Apple's history.

He also played pivotal roles in other high tech companies where he earned the title of "the coach." Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, along with, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)'s Jeff Bezos both sought Campbell's advice and counsel.

Re/code noted that Ben Horowitz, a major Silicon Valley investor, featured Campbell in his book "The Hard Things About Hard Things." Another major Silicon Valley investor, John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, said that Campbell acted as a key adviser.

Campbell also coached college football at Columbia University.

He succumbed to cancer at the age of 75.


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