Roche, who died over the weekend at the age of 87, was the executive recruiter who brought John Sculley from PepsiCo to Apple in the early 1980s. Sculley wound up overseeing a massive boom in Apple’s business, the launch of the Macintosh, and — perhaps most memorably — the departure of Steve Jobs. New York Times, but Roche was among them. One 1987 article, with the brilliant title “CEOs are his nectar,” describes how Roche and his fellow executive recruiters helped to pioneer cross-industry appointments. New York Times article, opining that: “With the kind of restructuring going on in American industry, headhunters [like Roche] play an important role. If something goes wrong with a placement, don’t blame the headhunter, blame the management and the board that hired the guy.” hired the wrong guy.”) Helping broker major deals Having made the connection between Apple and Sculley, Roche helped to broker a lucrative deal for the latter: $1 million per year, with half coming in salary and half in the form of a bonus. He also got a $1 million signing bonus, a $1 million golden parachute clause in his contract, 350,000 AAPL shares, and money to buy a house in California equivalent to his Connecticut home. Gerry Roche passed away on Saturday at his home in Hobe Sound, Florida. You can read more about his career — which involved placing more than 200 CEOs in hundreds of American corporations and organizations — in this Wall Street Journal obituary.