Kevin Lynch, the former CTO of Adobe, has submitted his resignation yesterday with plans to “pursue other opportunities”. Subsequently, he will be taking a position at Apple as the VP of Technology.
“I think Lynch is fascinated by the intersection of hardware and software, and Adobe doesn’t have that” said a person close to Adobe’s Board, meaning that with the application of Kevin Lynch, Apple might be starting to think more into software, and trying to snag some of the success Adobe has had with their cloud products and subscription models in the past.
Adobe has said they will not be replacing the CTO position, opting to divide those responsibilities between Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and SVP Bryan Lamkin. Apple reported that Lynch will reporting directly to his group’s senior VP, Bob Mansfield.
Both companies have declined to comment on the situation, although Adobe has subsequently released a statement on the matter to Engadget, which can be seen below.
"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."