According to a news leak in an SEC filing and a confirmation by Adobe, the company’s CTO Kevin Lynch will be leaving Adobe and taking a new position with Apple.
Lynch started working for Adobe in 2005 when the company acquired Macromedia. While working at Macromedia, he worked on the creation of Dreamweaver and other tech tools. Once Lynch joined Adobe he was involved with the company’s transition into more subscription software such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe marketing Cloud.
Kevin Lynch may seem familiar, for he has been one of Adobe’s public figures. The CTO occasionally wrote blog posts and interacted with the community.
He has also been a fierce defender of Flash, defending the format during the height of the war between Apple and Adobe over its usefulness on the web . More recently, Lynch realized the inadequacies of Flash for mobile use and that the HTML5 tools should be the company’s focus.
Adobe has no plans to replace their CTO, Lynch as the company revealed in a statement to AllThingsD, saying “Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO, is leaving the company effective March 22 to take a position at Apple. 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. Bryan Lamkin, who has recently returned to Adobe, will assume responsibilities for cross company research and technology initiatives as well as Corporate Development. We wish Kevin well in this new chapter of his career.”
At Apple, Lynch will assume the position of vice president of technology and is to report to Bob Mansfield, Apple’s current senior vice president of Technologies. For over half a decade, Apple has been trying in vain to keep up with competitors cloud tools and services with little luck, and now plans on making use Lynch’s extensive experience with Adobe’s Creative Cloud infrastructure.
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