Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Resigns, Moving to Apple
Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has resigned and accepted a position with Apple.
In a Tuesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Adobe confirmed that Lynch tendered his resignation on Monday.
In an expanded statement, Adobe said Lynch “is leaving the company effective March 22 to take a position at Apple.”
Adobe will not be replacing Lynch. Instead, “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,” Adobe concluded.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Those who followed to drama between Apple and Adobe over the years will no doubt be surprised by Lynch’s move to Cupertino. Back in 2010, when Steve Jobs issued his infamous “Thoughts on Flash” memo, it was Lynch who responded.
The legal terms Apple imposed on its developers prompted Adobe to “shift our focus away from Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices for both Flash Player and AIR,” and focus on Android, Lynch said at the time. That came several months after Lynch defended Flash as superior to HTML5 and accused Apple of being uncooperative. By May 2010, Lynch referred to Apple as a “walled garden.”
“I don’t think it’s the role of a company to exercise judgment on what people are making,” Lynch said during a keynote at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.
Ultimately, Adobe decided to kill development of Flash Player for the mobile Web, and admitted in Nov. 2011 that Apple’s decision not to support Flash Player on iOS was one of the major factors in its demise.
Despite the Adobe vs. Apple wars, however, Lynch has a history working with Apple tech. His bio notes that prior to joining Macromedia in 1996 (which was acquired by Adobe in 2005), he worked at a startup called General Magic. There, “I had the great opportunity to work with some of my heroes who had created the Mac, as well as with some amazing like-minded young engineers,” Lynch wrote on his website.
Prior to that, meanwhile, Lynch was a Mac software developer and helped develop the first Mac release of Frame Technology’s FrameMaker – a company that was also purchased by Adobe. He also “helped establish one of the first Mac software startups in 1984,” Lynch said.
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag