|4th CEO of Apple Inc.|
October 15, 1993 – February 2, 1996
|Preceded by||John Sculley|
|Succeeded by||Gil Amelio|
|Born||December 22, 1942|
|Died||2017 (age 74)|
|Children||Karen, Laurie and John|
|Alma mater||Technical University in Cologne|
|Known for||CEO of Apple Computer, Inc.|
Spindler graduated from engineering at Technical University in Cologne in 1964 and worked at DEC and Intel, before he moved to join Apple Computers. 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 was nicknamed "Diesel" due to his operational management inside Apple. He was known to have frequent anxiety attacks and hide under his office desk while working, which did not bode well for Apple's corporate environment. He also engaged in takeover discussions with IBM, Sun Microsystems and Philips, but when these went nowhere, he was in turn replaced by Gil Amelio, on February 2, 1996.
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