Source | Linkedin.com | BY: :Jon Fortt, Host of CNBC’s Fortt Knox, Co-anchor of Squawk Alley
More than a decade ago, Steve Jobs asked Sue Decker to be the chief financial officer at Pixar. She said no.
Decker did, however, accept his offer to join Pixar’s board of directors.
At the time, Decker ran finance at Yahoo. The decline of Yahoo has become the stuff of Silicon Valley legend; today the company is in the process of getting absorbed into Verizon, at a fraction of its former value. Decker, on the other hand, has done just fine in the eight years since she left the Internet company.
Case in point, she’s one of the few people that some of the top U.S. companies seek for guidance. Beyond Pixar, she has also served on the boards of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, chip giant Intel, retail powerhouse Costco, and others. On her path to those board rooms, Decker has gained a rare perspective on what works – and what doesn’t – when you’re trying to work your way to the top.