Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer retiring in September, Luca Maestri to take his place

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer retiring in September, Luca Maestri to take his place

Peter Oppenheimer, senior vice president of finance and Apple's chief financial officer (CFO), will be retiring at the end of September in order to spend more time with his family, travel, pursue the philanthropic interests, and get his pilot's license. Apple's current vice president of finance and corporate controller, Luca Maestri, will be his successor and Oppenheimer will begin transitioning his responsibilities Maestri in June. In a prepared statement, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook said:

Peter has served as our CFO for the past decade as Apple’s annual revenue grew from $8 billion to $171 billion and our global footprint expanded dramatically. His guidance, leadership and expertise have been instrumental to Apple’s success, not only as our CFO but also in many areas beyond finance, as he frequently took on additional activities to assist across the company. His contributions and integrity as our CFO create a new benchmark for public company CFOs. Peter is also a dear friend I always knew I could count on. Although I am sad to see him leave, I am happy he is taking time for himself and his family. As all of us who know him would have expected, he has created a professional succession plan to ensure Apple doesn’t miss a beat.

Oppenheimer joined Apple in 1996 and became CFO in 2006, following the resignation of Fred Anderson. During Oppenheimer's tenure Apple released the iPhone and iPad and became one of the most profitable companies in the world.

Maestri recently joined Oppenheimer and Cook on the Q1 2014 conference call. Oppenheimer just this week joined the board of directors of Goldman Sachs.

Full press release below. Give it a read and let me know — what do you think of the transition?

Apple’s Peter Oppenheimer to Retire at the End of September

In Planned Transition, Luca Maestri to Become His Successor

CUPERTINO, California—March 4, 2014—Apple® today announced that Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s senior vice president and CFO, will retire at the end of September. Luca Maestri, Apple’s vice president of Finance and corporate controller, will succeed Peter as CFO reporting to Apple CEO, Tim Cook. Peter will transition the CFO role to Luca in June and the balance of his responsibilities over the remaining time allowing for a professional and seamless transition.

“Peter has served as our CFO for the past decade as Apple’s annual revenue grew from $8 billion to $171 billion and our global footprint expanded dramatically. His guidance, leadership and expertise have been instrumental to Apple’s success, not only as our CFO but also in many areas beyond finance, as he frequently took on additional activities to assist across the company. His contributions and integrity as our CFO create a new benchmark for public company CFOs,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “Peter is also a dear friend I always knew I could count on. Although I am sad to see him leave, I am happy he is taking time for himself and his family. As all of us who know him would have expected, he has created a professional succession plan to ensure Apple doesn’t miss a beat.”

“Luca has over 25 years of global experience in senior financial management, including roles as a public company CFO, and I am confident he will be a great CFO at Apple,” added Tim. “When we were recruiting for a corporate controller, we met Luca and knew he would become Peter’s successor. His contributions to Apple have already been significant in his time with us and he has quickly gained respect from his colleagues throughout the company.”

“I love Apple and the people I have had the privilege to work with and after 18 years here, it is time for me to take time for myself and my family,” said Peter Oppenheimer. “For quite some time, I have wanted to live on the central coast of California and get more involved at Cal Poly, my alma mater; spend more time with my wife and sons; travel to interesting parts of the world; and something I have wanted to do for years— finish the requirements for my pilot’s license.”

As CFO, Peter oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, information systems, internal audit and facilities functions. He started with Apple in 1996 as controller for the Americas, and in 1997 was promoted to vice president and Worldwide Sales controller and then promoted to corporate controller prior to being named CFO. As Apple’s annual revenue has grown more than twentyfold during his time as CFO, Peter has overseen development of a disciplined global financial strategy, robust systems and procedures, and a very strong balance sheet. Under his leadership, Apple has built a world-class finance team. Peter has managed facilities expansion including the addition of four data centers and Apple’s new campus in Cupertino, all of which will be powered by renewable energy.

Peter also recently joined the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs.

Luca has deep knowledge in all of the major aspects of finance with over 25 years of experience building and leading finance teams in global companies with significant operating scale and complexity. Prior to joining Apple, Luca was CFO at both Nokia Siemens Networks and Xerox. Since joining Apple in March 2013, Luca has managed most of Apple’s financial functions and done an excellent job leading them, while also working closely with Apple’s senior leadership.

Luca began his career with General Motors and spent 20 years in finance and operating roles in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. While at GM, Luca had many significant assignments building and operating the business. He was part of the team that established GM’s regional operations in Asia Pacific, including manufacturing investments in China and Thailand. He was later CFO of the team that restructured operations in Brazil and Argentina and returned the region to profitability. His last role at GM was CFO for all of GM’s operations in Europe, which spanned over 45 countries with annual net revenue of approximately $40 billion.

Luca has an exceptionally broad international background, with time spent living and working in Italy, Poland, Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil and Germany, as well as the U.S.

Luca graduated from Luiss University in Rome with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and received a master’s degree in Science of Management from Boston University.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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There are 5 comments. Add yours.

asuperstarr says:

This guy is very qualified. Nice read!

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cransmi says:

Hard to believe he's gone from winning Master Chef to being CFO of Apple in such a short period of time. Cafe Macs will definitely get even funding.

Real impact will likely be limited to that I can no longer listen to the conference call replays at 1.5x due to his accent. Smooth transition, well planned.

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Rob White says:

So now we know why Oppenheimer is joining Godman Sachs as a board member. He wants to spend more time with his family... In New York.

ewelch says:

Peter, might want to have a chat with Woz before working on that pilot's license.

As for him being on the board of Goldman Sachs, that won't take much time compared to working as Apple's CFO.

I had a friend in Canada who was on the boards of over 100 corporations in his heyday, on top of his family owning Shaw Pipe Coating (and him owning Shaw media). Being a board member doesn't take that much time. It's got major perks (food, fancy accommodations when you're in town, etc.) too.

Ipheuria says:

Good for him after a great job it's time to let the hard work bring some enjoyment to his life.

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