LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The resignation of Google CEO Eric Schmidt from Apple's board should come as no surprise to anyone with an inkling of what corporate governance means.
But then Silicon Valley's idea of corporate boards has long consisted of cozy, interlocking directorships which would be considered collusion in most other industries.
Google's CEO is not leaving Apple's board voluntarily. He is only stepping down in response to the increased government scrutiny of obvious potential conflicts of interest between the two companies.
Yet regulators shouldn't be content with Schmidt's departure. The truth is that Apple and Google have been heading into the same markets for years. A veritable chain of overlapping business ties remain in place even if the most obvious formal link is now broken.
The chairman of Apple's board, former Genentech CEO Art Levinson, remains on Google's board. Another Google board member, Ann Mather, is the former chief financial officer of Steve Jobs' former animation company, Pixar Studios.