Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Chairman Arthur Levinson gave an interview to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on Tuesday, which was covered by Fortune magazine. He reminisced about Steve Jobs and said he hasn’t gotten to the point of not missing Jobs yet. Levinson also told the students that it isn’t a company’s short-term results that matter. He emphasized the importance of the company’s long-term plans.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Chairman, Arthur Levinson, says he still misses Steve Jobs. He gave a short interview that was covered by Fortune, explaining what it’s been like at the tech giant since Jobs’ death almost a year and a half ago. According to Fortune’s Kurt Wagner, Levinson had a one-word answer to the question about what life has been like since Jobs died: “Weird.”
Levinson was more than just a colleague to Jobs. He was also a close friend, and he said even after all this time, he still notices that Jobs isn’t around.
“I’m still not to the point where I walk into that boardroom and don’t miss Steve,” he told Fortune. “He was a one of a kind guy.”
Levinson gave the interview to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business on Tuesday, where a student interviewed him on stage and moderated questions from those in attendance.
Levinson touched on a variety of topics, including Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s most recent earnings report. He called the company’s last quarterly report, which indicated $13.1 billion in profit on $54.5 billion in revenue, “phenomenal.”
However, investors have been less than happy with the tech giant lately. The stock has fallen steadily over the last six months—ever since its peak at more than $700 per share. The stock is now worth closer to $450 per share, and it’s fallen another 2 percent in trading today.
Levinson explained that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s short-term results don’t mean very much. He emphasized more on the company’s long-term plans.
“There [are] long-term signs of how a company is doing and whether or not Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sells 47 or 48 million iPhones—let somebody else worry about that,” Levinson said.