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Gareth C.C. Chang (born c. 1943) was a member of the Apple Board of Directors from 1996 to 2002.

Early life and education[]

Chang's parents immigrated from China to the United States with their three children in 1949. They were sponsored by the family of Hugh and Wyllys Steepleton Yost in La Habra, California. He studied math and physics at California State University, Fullerton and earned his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University.[1][2]


Chang was recruited by North American Aviation as a research engineer on the LGM-30 Minuteman program. In 1973, he joined McDonnell Douglas and rose to become the president of their international division.[2]

Apple Computer[]

On September 10, 1996, Chang joined the board of directors of Apple Computer, then under CEO Gil Amelio.[3] By the following year, Amelio was forced out after Apple had acquired Steve Jobs' company NeXT for its software technology. Chang and Edgar S. Woolard Jr. were the only directors to survive Jobs' purge of the board.[4] Chang did not stand for re-election to the board in April 2002.[5]

Media portrayals[]

Chang was portrayed by Clint Jung in the 2013 film dramatization Jobs. The quote attributed to Chang: “What are we going to do now?” can be traced back to a 1997 Wired magazine article titled “That's great, Steve, but who's the CEO?”[6][7]


  1. Longtime resident Yost, 98, dies, Pasadena Star-News. 2006-07-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Selling how one man landed China's $1 billion order by Louis Kraar with Jacob Sullum, CNN Money. 1986-08-18.
  3. Another director for Apple, C|NET. 1996-09-10.
  4. Jobs names new Apple board, CNET. 1997-08-06.
  5. Def. Schedule 14A: Notice of annual meeting of shareholders by Apple Computer, Inc., U.S. Security and Exchange Commission. 2002-03-21.
  6. Jobs (2013) | Clint Jung: Gareth Chang, Internet Movie Database. Accessed 2020-09-02.
  7. That's great, Steve, but who's the CEO?, Wired. 1997-08-06.

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