Dangerous Limbo At Apple

Amelio's departure leaves it without a leader--and without a game plan

On July 9, some 17 months after handing him the reins and a generous pay package, Apple Computer Inc.'s board of directors finally had enough. They sent CEO Gilbert Amelio packing. Amelio, who has told friends lately that he feels burnt out, leaves with a $10 million severance package; Apple is left in a shambles.

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