Arthur D. Levinson

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Arthur D. Levinson
Born(1950-03-31) March 31, 1950 (age 63)
Seattle, Washington
NationalityAmerican
OccupationChairman of Apple Inc.
Known forChairman of Apple Inc.[1]
 
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Arthur D. Levinson
Born(1950-03-31) March 31, 1950 (age 63)
Seattle, Washington
NationalityAmerican
OccupationChairman of Apple Inc.
Known forChairman of Apple Inc.[1]

Arthur D. Levinson (born March 31, 1950) is the current CEO of Calico (a Google venture) and the chairman of Genentech (1999 to present) and Apple Inc. (2011 to present). He is the former chief executive officer of Genentech (1995–2009) and is also a member of Genentech’s Scientific Research Board, which serves as an advisory group to the company regarding its research and early development projects.

In addition to serving as Chairman for Genentech and Apple. Inc.,[2] Levinson serves on the Board of Directors of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Amyris Biotechnologies, Inc. and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He currently serves on the Board of Scientific Consultants of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Industrial Advisory Board of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), the Advisory Council for the Princeton University Department of Molecular Biology and the Advisory Council for the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.[3]

Education[edit]

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1972, and his PhD in Biochemistry from Princeton University in 1977. He subsequently moved to a postdoctoral position with Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus in the Department of Microbiology at the University of California, San Francisco,[4] from where he was hired to Genentech by Herb Boyer.

Career[edit]

Levinson joined Genentech in 1980 as a research scientist and became vice president, Research Technology in 1989; vice president, Research in 1990; senior vice president, Research in 1992; and senior vice president, Research and Development in 1993.

In 1995, Levinson became Genentech’s chief executive officer, and in 1999, he was named chairman.[5] In the same year, Levinson received the Irvington Institute's Corporate Leadership Award in Science[6] and was honored with the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Breast Cancer Coalition.[7]

Levinson was inducted into the Biotech Hall of Fame at the 2003 Biotech Meeting of chief executive officers. BusinessWeek named Levinson one of the “Best Managers of the Year” in 2004 and 2005, and Institutional Investor named him “America’s Best CEO” in the biotech category four years in a row (2004–2007). Levinson served as a director of Google, Inc. from 2004 to 2009, when he resigned from Google's board of directors.[8][9]

In 2006, Princeton University awarded Levinson the James Madison Medal for a distinguished career in scientific research and in biotechnology. Also in 2006, Barron’s recognized Levinson as one of “The World’s Most Respected CEOs,” and the Best Practice Institute placed Levinson on their “25 Top CEOs” list. In 2008, Levinson was elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Glassdoor.com rated him as the "nicest" CEO of 2008 with a 93% approval rating.[10]

In 2010, the Biotechnology Industry Organization honored Levinson with the Biotechnology Heritage Award and the San Francisco Exploratorium with their Director’s Award.[11]

Levinson has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific articles and has been a named inventor on 11 United States patents.[3]

On November 15, 2011, Levinson was named chairman of the board for Apple Inc. replacing Steve Jobs.[12] As Chairman, his total compensation for 2012 was $457,222.[13]

On September 18, 2013, Levinson was named Chief Executive Officer of Calico, a new company which focuses on health and well-being. The company was created and funded by Google. [14]

Personal life[edit]

His father is Sol Levinson and mother is Malvina. He is married to Rita May Liff since December 17, 1978, and has two children.[15]

Awards And Nominations[edit]

Double Helix Medal

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Business positions
Preceded by
Steve Jobs
Chairman of Apple
2011–present
Incumbent