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

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



1. wendygarett unregistered

Another dissapointment you made Apple :(

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

3. wendygarett unregistered

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

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

10. MeoCao unregistered

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

16. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

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

21. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011



Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

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

31. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

18. JonGarrett

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 2011

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

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

4. and.then.he.said.

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 21, 2012

yeah, his lifetime

5. MeoCao unregistered

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

6. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Especially in the economy this whole WORLD is in. Yeah I agree 100% with you. +1


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

29. smarter_than_you

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

33. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

32. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

in USA you can win every case :)

7. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

11. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

no contract signed, no (steve) job.

13. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Well said!

14. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

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

15. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Steve Jobs lifetime not Mr. Goodrich job lifetime.

17. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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...

19. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 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.


Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

22. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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).....

23. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

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