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Michael Spindler (22 December 1942 – 2017[1]) was a German-American businessman who was president and CEO of Apple from 1993 to 1996.

Michael Spindler
4th CEO of Apple Inc.
In office
October 15, 1993 – February 2, 1996
Preceded byJohn Sculley
Succeeded byGil Amelio
Personal details
Born(1942-12-22)December 22, 1942
Berlin, Germany
Died2017 (age 74)[1]
ChildrenKaren, Laurie and John
Alma materTechnical University in Cologne
Known forCEO of Apple Computer, Inc.


Spindler graduated from engineering at Technical University in Cologne in 1964[2] and worked at DEC and Intel, before he moved to join Apple Computers.[3] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

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.[2][1]


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."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Nelzin-Santos, Anthony (25 April 2018). "Michael Spindler, CEO d'Apple de 1993 à 1996, est mort" (in French).
  2. ^ a b "Michael Spindler, former Apple CEO, our June Luncheon Speaker". The Stillwater Club. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ Hormby, Tom (6 April 2006). "Michael Spindler: The Peter Principle at Apple". Low End Mac. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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Preceded by
John Sculley
Apple CEO
Succeeded by
Gil Amelio