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Fired Apple keynote executive producer sues, claims Steve Jobs promised him a lifetime job

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Fired Apple keynote executive producer sues, claims Steve Jobs promised him a lifetime job
Wayne Goodrich, who used to work for Apple, filed an unlawful termination suit against its former company, claiming that Steve Jobs promised him a lifetime employment, regardless of what happens with his position.

There he says that he has not been shown the door for performance, but rather for "business reasons", while his lawyer argues the termination might have been to avoid granting him the restricted stock due, all the while Apple shares ballooned from $97.4 to way over $600 now.

What was Wayne Goodrich in charge of? Well, he had the important role of coordinating those famous keynote speeches, working directly with Steve Jobs, including the iPhone and iPad introductions. He also says that he was the first to introduce Apple to Siri, arranging a meeting that resulted in the biggest iPhone 4S software differentiation last year. 

Mr Goodrich says he met one on one with Steve Jobs after he returned in 2005 from medical leave, and was promised a position with Apple perpetually, no matter what happens with his duties, which apparently SJ has the habit to do quite often for people that worked directly with him on issues. We'll see how the story pans out, but for now it seems Apple has no use for an executive producer of keynote presentations the way Steve Jobs did.

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:10 25

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Another dissapointment you made Apple :(

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:13 19

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3759; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow Steve Jobs being ruthless & not keeping his word, I would have NEVER thought that. lol

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:14 24

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


And he failed to destroy android which he promised to lolol :)

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:27 7

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3759; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol That is so funny, I almost fell out of my chair when I read that. LMAO!!! :-)

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:30 10

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


SJ even promised Google a "lifetime" icon on the iPhone for ditching Android, lolol.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:03 2

16. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


He should go be a keynote speaker for Google. Apple is going to get theirs, just wait.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:13 3

21. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


ROFL!!

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 12:05 1

26. POLICE (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


But he couldn't. He got destroyed himself.
The eye's of truth is always watching you!

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 23:36 1

31. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


and he had to see how Android is great and better! :)

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:39 8

18. JonGarrett (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2011)


what's crazier than apple being sued by apple., lol.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 13:19 1

27. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Well considering Jobs has been dead for almost a year... I think he is blameless here.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:20 11

4. and.then.he.said. (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


yeah, his lifetime

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:24 4

5. MeoCao (unregistered)


Hmm, I think this guy does not want to work with SJ right now.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:24 13

6. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I just want to say one thing...

Is anyone’s job really guaranteed for life? I think it’s a bit naive to think it is.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:26 5

8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Yeah that sound so stupid that he could easily believe such things

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:38 5

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3759; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Especially in the economy this whole WORLD is in. Yeah I agree 100% with you.

+1

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:40 1

25. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iCan't believe it but, iAgree with you. What a moron that guy is; just another one of those unhappy queens that worked at Apple.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 17:58

29. smarter_than_you (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


yes, it does happen and usually only the CEO of a company can offer it. (because most companies have 'at will' employement) If he can prove that verbal agreement was met he could win this one. Good luck to him.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 07:50

33. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I dont think a verbal commitment would hold up in court. There is only one way this guy can win his case and thats if her has this agreement in writing and signed.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 23:37 1

32. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


in USA you can win every case :)

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:24 2

7. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


It's just Apple being greedy again. They're cutting off executives from their stocks.
This guy basically made the 4S because without him, Siri wouldn't have been done and without Siri, 4S would've just been 4.
Whether or not he's the guy behind the horsesh*t Steve Jobs says while on his keynotes is a different story though.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:33 6

11. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


no contract signed, no (steve) job.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:41 5

13. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


Well said!

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:43 4

14. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


SJ in 2006 promised me blowjobs if he sells mor than 10 million phones in some year

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 08:50 4

15. khmer (Posts: 92; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Steve Jobs lifetime not Mr. Goodrich job lifetime.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:37 2

17. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


I have the feeling that in a few years apple is going to go back to its uncapable, useless self, just like it was before SJ returned in 2000...

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:57 4

19. Fuego84 (Posts: 259; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Okay step 1 checked: Apple sues Apple.
step 2: Apple bans Apple products
step 3: Apple destroys it's self in a thermonuclear accident.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 09:59 1

20. POLICE (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


He was a looser, is there, or can't u find a another job, relying on Steve.
If your talented, educated lots of jobs available, have some self-respect and toss him.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 10:38 2

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


He never use to keep up his promise.....
He said apple will never make a phone they did it..same case with ipad mini.....
He said great artist will steal....and he accused android for same thing(actually android din do it).....

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:13 1

23. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Verbal agreements with no witnesses when the grantor is deceased should hold up very well in court.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 11:19 3

24. gallitolimitededition (banned) (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


this guy is just playing victim I know someone in the Android world is reading his resume right about now..

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 17:39 1

28. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)


this case needs a judge with a sense of humor......

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 23:00

30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


WHo ever fire him is such a idiot and a dumb a$$

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