On Tuesday, The Next Web reported that Apple Inc. (AAPL) hired Adobe’s Chief Technology Officer, Kevin Lynch. The report also noted that Lynch would be reporting directly to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Technologies, Bob Mansfield who currently oversees AAPL’s wireless and semiconductor teams.
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.
Earlier this year, Mansfield was set to retire from the company after his over 10 years of dedication to Apple. However, he stayed and took on his new position from his previous position as senior vice president of Mac Hardware Engineering. After The Next Web’s report, Apple spokesperson Steve Dowling confirmed to AllThingsD that Lynch did, in fact, join Apple as Vice President of Technologies.
Apple’s move to hire Lynch is both a smart and strange move, particularly because of his history with Apple. It is strange because of Lynch’s opposition to Apple’s choice to gradually eliminate Adobe Flash from the Mac platform. However, Apple also made a smart move in hiring Lynch because of his experience at Adobe, arriving during the acquisition of Macromedia, and his current position as chief of Adobe’s Research and Experience Design teams.
There is no doubt that Lynch will have an important role at Apple, with his knowledge of Adobe’s business practices and its technology. Apple has a number of positions open after the company lost its SVP of Retail, John Browett and ousted its iOS chief Scott Forstall late last year.