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Michael Spindler

Michael Spindler Apple CEO 1993–1996

Apple CEO 1993–1996
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Apple CEO 1993–1996
A.K.A. Michael H. Spindler, Mike Spindler
Was Computer scientist Businessperson
From Germany
Type Business Science Technology
Gender male
Birth 22 December 1942, Berlin, Margraviate of Brandenburg
Death 2017 (aged 74 years)
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
The details

Michael Spindler (22 December 1942 – 2017) was a German-American businessman who was president and CEO of Apple from 1993 to 1996.


Spindler graduated from engineering at Technical University in Cologne in 1964 and worked at DEC and Intel, before he moved to join Apple Computer. Having joined Apple in 1980 after Mike Markkula brought him over to help out with Apple's European office, he rose through the ranks in Apple's European operations as President of Apple Europe, then President of Apple International.

On October 15, 1993, Spindler was chosen to take over as Apple's CEO when John Sculley was ousted by the board of directors. Spindler presided over several successful projects, such as the introduction of the PowerPC, as well as some major failures, including the Newton and the Copland operating system. Spindler shied away from the spotlight preferring instead to work on operational management and strategy without fanfare. During his tenure the Apple board authorized merger discussions with IBM, Sun Microsystems and Philips, but when these went nowhere, he was replaced by Gil Amelio, on February 2, 1996.

Personal life

From 1985 until his death in 2017, Spindler lived between Paris, France and San Francisco, California, United States with his wife Maryse and three kids Karen, Laurie, and John.


Spindler died of illness in 2017. His longtime friend and partner Jean-Louis Gassée stated, "Mike was an original, highly cultured mind, with high-level geopolitical views of our industry."

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