Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt has joined the board at Apple Computer, the company confirmed.

Schmidt was elected to Apple's board of directors at a meeting today. Eric also sits on Google's board of directors and Princeton University's board of trustees.

"Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple's board of directors," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead."

"Apple is one of the companies in the world that I most admire," said Eric Schmidt. "I'm really looking forward to working with Steve and Apple's board to help with all of the amazing things Apple is doing."

Schmidt joined Google from Novell, where he was chairman and CEO. Prior to joining Novell, Eric was chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, where he led the development of Java, Sun's platform-independent programming technology, and defined Sun's internet software strategy. Before joining Sun in 1983, he was a member of the research staff at the Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and held positions at Bell Laboratories and Zilog.

He has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a master's and PhD in computer science from the University of California-Berkeley. In 2006, Eric was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which recognised his work on "the development of strategies for the world's most successful internet search engine company."

"Eric's 20 years of experience as an internet strategist, entrepreneur and technologist give him a well-seasoned perspective which perfectly complements Google's needs as a young and rapidly growing company with a unique corporate culture," Apple noted in its news.