Apple (OTC:APPL) experienced the sad loss of Jerome B. York and now must find a new board member. This means time and cost to mount a search and then bring the new guy up to speed. In the mean time the board has a hole and shareholder interests are not well served.
Why not have a succession plan for directors and have one or two distinguished people sitting on the board as non-voting members but fully in the loop, attending meetings and experiencing the same information flow as the other directors.
This could go a long way towards improving Apple's corporate governance. It could go a long way to letting shareholders know who is coming up next. It could also go a long way to stabilize the board of directors.
Just a thought.