Apple Snares Adobe CTO

19 Mar

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Adobe Systems Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch, is headed  to Apple as of March 22. Ironically Lynch is best known for criticizing Apple CEO Steve Jobs for failing to support Adobe’s Flash technology after Jobs famously trashed the software platform and forbade its use on any iPhone, iPad.

Lynch has joined Apple as vice president of technology, reporting to Bob Mansfield, according to Apple spokesman Steve Dowling, who added that Lynch “was shaping Adobe’s long-term technology vision across the company.”

Mansfield was named to head a new Technologies group in October, part of a series of management changes led by Apple CEO Tim Cook after the company was criticized for the new Maps app in its iOS mobile software. The Technologies team combines Apple’s wireless teams from across the company, and also includes the semiconductor teams responsible for chips.

“We will not be replacing the CTO position; responsibility for technology development lies with our business unit heads under the leadership of Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen,” Adobe said in a statement, shortly after announcing strong first-quarter earnings. “We wish Kevin well in this new chapter of his career.”

Lynch came to Adobe in 2005 as part of the acquisition of Macromedia.  He was responsible for overseeing technology related to cloud, social computing and multi-screen efforts.  Lynch had been actively involved in Adobe’s cloud-based productivity Creative Cloud software, another example of the where Lynch could use his knowledge and expertise gained at Adobe to help Apple in its own plans for cloud computing.

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