Disney CEO Robert Iger has resigned from Apple’s board of directors as the two companies prepare to square off with rival streaming video services.
Iger’s departure is similar to how former Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, who was an Apple director from 2006 to 2009, quit the iPhone maker’s board. Mr. Schmidt left amid Google’s rollout of its Android mobile operating system and ahead of the search giant’s first mobile phone launch.
Iger resigned Tuesday, according to a regulatory filing, the day Apple revealed its new streaming service, Apple TV Plus, would launch on Nov. 1, less than two weeks ahead of Disney Plus. He had been on Apple’s board since 2011.
Disney and Apple previously were longtime partners. Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs sat on Disney’s board after his company, Pixar Animation Studios, was acquired in 2006. Pixar films were sometimes played on devices at Apple keynote presentations.