Today in Apple history: Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer retires

Today in Apple history: CFO Peter Oppenheimer retires from Apple


Peter Oppenheimer oversaw a decade of explosive growth at Apple.
Photo: C-SPAN

March 4: Today in Apple history: Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer retires March 4, 2014: Peter Oppenheimer, the Apple chief financial officer who presided over a decade of skyrocketing growth, steps down from the company.

After becoming Apple CFO in 2004, Oppenheimer saw the company’s valuation soar from $8.8 billion to $471 billion. Luca Maestri, current Apple senior vice president and chief financial officer, replaced Oppenheimer in this crucial position.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer

Prior to joining Apple at Steve Jobs’ request, Oppenheimer served as a finance executive at payroll company Automatic Data Processing. He also worked as a technology consultant at Coopers & Lybrand, a precursor to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Oppenheimer replaced Apple’s longtime Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson, who stepped into the role in March 1996.

Groomed to take over from Anderson, Oppenheimer joined Apple a few months after him in 1996. (Oppenheimer’s initial role: Apple’s senior director of finance and controller.)

Jobs handpicked the two men, who previously worked together at ADP, shortly after his return to Apple.

Oppenheimer and Apple’s share repurchase plan

As CFO, Oppenheimer oversaw a $100 billion share repurchase and dividend scheme. When he retired, analysts hoped the plan would continue, with Maestri building upon his predecessor’s work.

After leaving, Oppenheimer joined the Goldman Sachs board as an independent director. He also said he planned to take more personal time for travel, to earn his pilot’s license, and to help his alma mater, California Polytechnic University.


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.