Apple and Adobe haven’t always gotten along well in the past, especially when it comes to Flash Player (Steve Jobs was publicly vocal about his disdain for Flash Player, especially on iOS devices) – but according to CNBC, Adobe’s Chief Technology Office will be abandoning his position at Adobe in favor of a new role on Apple’s executive team.
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.
Lynch has been am Adobe employee since 2005, and is responsible for helping to drive the company’s push into web publishing, and the new Creative Cloud subscription service for Adobe Creative Suite apps, as well as expanding Creative Suite to mobile devices. According to a statement provided by Apple to CNBC, Lynch will serve as Apple’s new Vice President of Technology.
$AAPL confirms: Kevin Lynch has joined as VP of Technology, reporting to SVP Bob Mansfield
— Jon Fortt (@jonfortt) March 19, 2013
It’s unclear exactly why Apple acquired Lynch – but his promising history with Adobe’s cloud services could make him a prime candidate for bringing new features and improvements to Apple’s own iCloud platform. There have been a lot of executive changes at Apple in the past several months – it will be interesting to see what Apple has up their sleeves for the future!