Google's CEO, and former head of Novell, Eric Schmidt is join Apple's board of directors, the computer manufacturer has announced.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs cited Google's focus on innovation and Schmidt's extensive experience as reasons his appointment, adding that it will be helpful in guiding Apple's future course.

"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 Jobs. "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."

Schmidt said in return: "Apple is one of the companies in the world that I most admire. 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 a fledgling Google in 2001 after spending six years as CEO of Novell. Since then Google has turned into a multi-billion-dollar powerhouse and rivals software giant Microsoft in terms of its reach and influence.

Prior to his position at Novell, Schmidt served as one of the primary architects of the Java programming language at Sun where he was as chief technology officer. Schmidt also serves on Google's board and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Princeton University in New Jersey.