Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer at Adobe, has left the company and is “taking a position at Apple,” Adobe has confirmed. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD that Lynch will join Apple as vice president of technology, reporting to Bob Mansfield, SVP of Technologies.
On March 18, 2013, Kevin Lynch resigned from his position as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, of Adobe Systems Incorporated, effective March 22, 2013, to pursue other opportunities.
Both Lynch and Philip Schiller, Apple’s worldwide marketing head, worked briefly together at Macromedia —which was acquired by Adobe in 2005. Adobe described Lynch’s official duties thusly:
Focuses the company’s technology innovation across three vectors: multiscreen, cloud and social computing (and) oversees Adobe’s Research and Experience Design teams
Each of Lynch’s primary areas of focus are directly applicable to Apple’s work. Last year, CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg Businessweek that Apple is “marrying hardware, software and services.”
In 2010, Steve Jobs famously posted his rationale for why Apple did not and would not enable Adobe’s Flash technology on the iPhone and iPad:
It was Lynch who was tasked with leading Adobe’s public response to Job’s post. Lynch referred to the iPhone then as “a recent magical device.” Lynch followed that up with a video interview with AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher.
Image of “Flash Shield” courtesy of linkdb.