Journalist and educator Monica Lozano joins Apple's board of directors

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After a long search by Apple, businesswoman and media editor Monica Lozano has joined the company's board of directors.

Monica Lozano, who continues as president and CEO of College Futures Foundation, has joined Apple's board of directors. Lozano previously spent 30 years editing the US Spanish-language magazine La Opinion, raising awareness over issues from infant mortality to AIDS.

"Monica has been a true leader and trailblazer in business, media, and an ever-widening circle of philanthropic efforts to realize a more equitable future — in our schools and in the lives of all people," said Apple's Tim Cook in a statement. "Her values and breadth of experience will help Apple continue to grow, to innovate, and to be a force for good in the lives of our teams, customers, and communities."

"I've always admired Apple's commitment to the notion that technology, at its best, should empower all people to improve their lives and build a better world," said Lozano. "I look forward to working with Tim, Art[ur Levinson], and the other board members to help Apple carry those values forward and build on a rich and productive history."

Current chairman of Apple's board, Arthur Levinson, also welcomed Lozano to the organization. "Monica has been a pioneer in every organization fortunate enough to benefit from her vision and expertise," he said.

"After a thorough and fruitful search, I couldn't be more confident in the positive impact Monica will have on our board and Apple as a whole," he continued.

Lozano has previously been chair of both the University of California Board of Regents, and the board of directors of the Weingart Foundation. She has also previously been on the board of The Walt Disney Company.

The addition of Lozano comes after several years in which Tim Cook has reportedly been "actively seeking" new directors from outside Apple's technology focus.