Apple has appointed Arthur Levinson as the new chairman of Apple’s board, replacing Steve Jobs, who died last month. Arthur Levinson was the former CEO of the biotech company Genentech, and has also served as “co-lead director” on Apple’s board since 2005.

“Art has made enormous contributions to Apple since he joined the board in 2000,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “He has been our longest serving co-lead director, and his insight and leadership are incredibly valuable to Apple, our employees and our shareholders.”

“Bob and I have gotten to know one another very well over the past few years and on behalf of the entire board, we think he is going to make an extraordinary addition to our already very strong board,” said Tim Cook. “His strategic vision for Disney is based on three fundamentals: generating the best creative content possible, fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology, and expanding into new markets around the world which makes him a great fit for Apple.”

“I am honored to be named chairman of Apple’s board and welcome Bob to our team,” said Art Levinson. “Apple is always focused on out-innovating itself through the delivery of truly innovative products that simplify and improve our lives, and that is something I am very proud to be a part of.”

“Apple has achieved unprecedented success by consistently creating high quality, truly innovative products, and I am extremely pleased to join the board of such a wonderful company,” said Bob Iger. “Over the years, I have come to know and admire the management team, now ably led by Tim Cook, and I am confident they have the leadership and vision to ensure Apple’s continued momentum and success.”

Levinson will be a very busy man in the months to come. In addition to the fact that he is still the chairman of Genentech, he is also a director at Amyris, NGM Biopharmaceuticals, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He also serves on the Board of Scientific Consultants of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Advisory Council for the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.

Apple also appointed Disney president and CEO, Robert Iger, as a Director. Apple and Disney have already had a relationship since Disney bought Pixar from Steve Jobs in 2006, which made him the largest individual shareholder in Disney.

(via IDG News)