Apple Hires Adobe Executive Lynch as Vice President
Apple Inc. (AAPL) hired Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE) Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch, adding a software executive who helped build some of the earliest Macintosh applications.
Lynch, who worked at Adobe since 2005, will become Apple’s vice president for technology, reporting to Senior Vice President Bob Mansfield, the Cupertino, California-based company said today.
During Lynch’s tenure, Apple and the software maker clashed over the use of the Adobe Flash video program on Apple’s devices. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had criticized Flash as ill-suited for mobile computing and didn’t enable its use on the iPhone or iPad. That conflict has since been diffused as Adobe and other technology companies embrace the emerging Web standard HTML5 as an alternative.
Lynch had led Adobe’s push to focus more on wireless devices, introducing Creative Cloud software, which lets designers use mobile applications for creating printed pages and websites from an iPad or other tablet. Adobe won’t hire a new chief technology officer, the company said today.
Lynch, who will leave Adobe on March 22, joined the company when it acquired Macromedia, where Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller also once worked. Before that, Lynch was an early developer of software for Apple’s Macintosh personal computer, including the program FrameMaker for designing and editing large documents. That company was also acquired by Adobe.
He also worked at General Magic, a company founded by early Apple engineers that focused on handheld computing projects long before the iPhone was introduced.