Consider this interesting, to say the least. Adobe has confirmed reports that its former Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch is leaving the company in order to take a similar position at Apple.
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.
This choice is interesting, because Adobe is a company that focuses heavily on the professional end of the computing market. Responsible for high-priced professional software like Photoshop, Adobe’s CTO also likely carries this belief in the high end of the market. Apple has been under fire recently for ignoring that portion of their userbase in order to go after more customers with the popular iOS-based devices. Could Apple be planning a resurgence in the professional market?
Ironically, Lynch has been very critical of Apple in the past – in statements regarding Apple’s position on Flash, he often would state that Apple was simply not cooperating with Adobe.