Spindler Appointed Apple CEO
Sculley Remains Chairman
Cupertino, California--June 18, 1993--John Sculley, chairman of Apple Computer, Inc., today announced that the board of directors, on his recommendation, has appointed Michael Spindler to the position of president and chief executive officer. Sculley, who had previously held the chief executive officer position, will remain as the company's chairman, focusing on emerging new business opportunities for Apple.
"My personal interests have long been in defining the opportunities and technologies for Apple in the convergence of computing, communications and content," Sculley said. "There is so much to be done here, and now I will be able to concentrate fully on these activities while Michael runs the company. I am energized by the possibilities for Apple's continuing growth and remain committed to Apple."
"For the past two years I have discussed with Apple's board my belief that Michael
Spindler, Apple's president, was the obvious candidate to succeed me as CEO.
I am tremendously proud of Michael's talents and accomplishments and can't think
of a better person to lead Apple
into the future."
Commenting on Sculley's new role, Michael Spindler said, "John will focus on our outside alliance partners in our emerging businesses. We will continue to work together on technology and product strategies, and he will maintain offices both in California and the East Coast since many of our new business relationships are in the East and abroad. John and I have crafted so much of Apple's business strategy together and I'm glad that I will be able to continue to count on John's full-time support."
A.C. "Mike" Markkula, Jr., Apple co-founder and vice chairman of the board commented that, "John Sculley is an extraordinary leader with outstanding vision and we are all fortunate to have had him as CEO for ten years. While there is never a perfect time to make a change, we respect John's wishes and are very fortunate that he has agreed to continue as chairman and close advisor to Spindler."
Michael Spindler joined Apple in 1980 as marketing manager for European operations. Since then, he has served as general manager, European sales and marketing; vice president, international sales and marketing; president, Apple Europe; and most recently president, chief operating officer and a member of Apple's board of directors.
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