Adobe’s Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch has stepped down. What could be Adobe’s loss is sure to be gain for Apple, as Lynch will now take over as as vice president of technology at Apple. Lynch will be reporting to the senior vice president Bob Mansfield at Apple.
So who will fill the CTO position at Adobe? According to the company, there won’t be any replacement for now. But the responsibility will be shared between CEO Shantanu Narayen and senior vice president Bryan Lamkin.
Adobe’s departure note on Lynch reads that he will leave the company on March 22, to join Apple. Lynch’s career has some history working with Apple, when he was also part of developing Mac software.
At the same time, he was also well known for his criticism against Apple for not adopting Adobe’s Flash technology on the iOS platform.
Forrester VP and principal analyst Jeffrey Hammond thinks that the new hiring could make Apple leverage new strategies on cloud computing with the knowledge and experience of Lynch.
Adobe has done a pioneering job in using cloud for their products and this could mean that Apple is looking for gaining an upper hand to challenge its major contenders, Google and Microsoft, who are still rookies in the cloud arena right now.