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Apple poaches Adobe CTO

From Adobe to Apple

Adobe has announced its chief technology officer Kevin Lynch has resigned, to take on a new role at Apple.

Lynch has worked for Adobe since its acquisition of Macromedia in 2005, with involvement in Dreamweaver, cloud products and social computing. He will leave the company on March 22, with CEO Shantanu Narayen and senior vice president Bryan Lamkin sharing his responsibilities. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said:

“Kevin Lynch has joined Apple as vice president of technology, reporting to Bob Mansfield. Kevin was previously CTO at Adobe, where he was shaping Adobe’s long-term technology vision across the company.”

Bob Mansfield leads the wireless and semiconductor teams at Apple, so Lynch’s knowledge of Adobe Cloud products could come in useful; he will reportedly be coordinating the hardware and software teams.

The Flash point

News of Lynch’s move has raised many eyebrows due to his turbulent history with Apple. In 2010, he was vocal in his criticisms of the company when it refused to support Adobe Flash on the iPhone, iPod and iPad. At the height of the clash, Steve Jobs wrote an essay criticising Flash, citing reliability, security, performance and battery life problems – concluding that Flash is part of ‘the PC era’.

Lynch responded with an Adobe blog post which contained the line, “We strongly believe the web should remain an open environment”. In interviews, he also referred to Apple as a “walled garden” and said it was a “protectionist strategy”.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: “Flash was once Adobe’s key product, so it’s no wonder senior figures rushed to defend it. Of course, there is currently a much bigger focus on HTML5. Times and technologies change, and clearly Lynch’s decision to join Apple is one that could be beneficial to both him and the company.”

Written by Rachel Hand

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