Having joined Apple in 1980, he rose through the ranks in Apple's European operations as President of Apple Europe and was chosen to take over as CEO when John Sculley was ousted by Apple's board of directors in June 1993. 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. 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.
- Michael Spindler: The Peter Principle at Apple by Tom Hormby, April 6, 2006
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