Apple CFO Luca Maestri Auctions Lunch and Apple HQ Tour for Charity

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Apple CFO Luca Maestri is teaming up with auction site Charitybuzz to offer Apple fans the opportunity to bid on lunch with Maestri and a tour of the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Maestri will have lunch with two people at the Apple Park campus, with the proceeds from the auction benefitting the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. The lunch, which also comes with a tour with an Apple employee, will last for approximately one hour.


Luca Maestri is a senior vice president at Apple and the company's chief financial officer, reporting directly to Tim Cook. He oversees Apple's accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis, treasury, M&A, investor relations, internal audits, and tax functions at Apple.

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation's goal is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, distress due to illness, and social exclusion by promoting and supporting national and international projects that aim to overcome these barriers.

The current bid on the lunch with Maestri is at $10,500, and its estimated value is $50,000. The auction will end on December 5 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Apple CEO Tim Cook in past years has also done charity lunches facilitated by Charitybuzz to earn money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, but the last one was held in 2017. That auction earned $680,000.

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aksala

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Honestly I think this Celebrification (yeah I made that word up) of certain upper tier Apple employees has gotten out of hand. I honestly wish these folks would just stick to making great products instead of hamming it up for the cameras and crowds. I couldn't care less who is responsible for making my Apple products, as long as they continue to meet the standards that Apple has set. I'm not even necessarily talking about the dude featured in the lunch contest (never heard of him before this), but certain others who have used their Apple association as a springboard to Celebrity status.

One has to wonder what the rank-and-file Apple employee thinks of their overlords who get all the fame and glory while they toil in their labs and cubicles.
 

ChromeCloud

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The auction and its relatively high price has nothing to do with the "celebrification" of Apple employees. If you think the auction bidders are paying for an hour of selfies with Luca, you're obviously mistaken.

Luca Maestri holds an important role in Apple and he's able to impact the company's short and long term strategies. Buying an hour of time with him allows the buyer to talk with Luca and influence his opinions and ultimately Apple's strategy.

The typical bidder is probably the CEO of a startup company that wants to pitch his ideas to Apple or somebody who is looking to strike a business deal of some kind.
 

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Ideally, I would rather have had the tour/lunch with Tim Cook as it was in the years past, nothing against Luca Maestri, but meeting Tim Cook would probably had a stronger significance given he’s more in the limelight than Luca is.
 

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Ideally, I would rather have had the tour/lunch with Tim Cook as it was in the years past, nothing against Luca Maestri, but meeting Tim Cook would probably had a stronger significance given he’s more in the limelight than Luca is.
It would be a much higher price if it were with Cook.
 
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Relentless Power

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It would be a much higher price if it were with Cook.
And some would be willing to pay it. I find Cook to be someone of caliber of a person that I would want to meet and have lunch with. Nothing against Luca, but who wouldn’t want to meet the CEO of a trillion dollar company.

Side note:

I personally also really appreciate Tim Cook and what he stands for. Not just in terms of being a CEO, but keeping in touch with the customers and his employee base.
 
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ryanwarsaw

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And some would be willing to pay it. I find Cook to be someone of caliber of a person that I would want to meet and have lunch with. Nothing against Luca, but who wouldn’t want to meet the CEO of a trillion dollar company.

Side note:

I personally also really appreciate Tim Cook and what he stands for. Not just in terms of being a CEO, but keeping in touch with the customers and his employee base.
They did this with Cook before. Now they are trying to squeeze out a little more money with Luca.