SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch will join Apple's executive team, the company has confirmed.
"Kevin Lynch, Adobe CTO, is leaving the company effective March 22 to take a position at Apple," Adobe told The INQUIRER today.
Adobe said it will not be replacing Lynch's position as CTO, as responsibility for technology development lies with its 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," Adobe added.
CNBC reporter Jon Fortt uncovered and tweeted the news last night, citing a source in the know about Lynch's departure.
According to CNBC, Lynch will report to Apple SVP of technologies Bob Mansfield.
We're awaiting a response from Apple about the news. At the time of writing it had not responded.
Twitter users responded rather positively to the news. One commenter, @leftnotracks tweeted back at Fortt, "Hey, maybe we can finally get something to replace the appallingly awful Illustrator. And not from Adobe. Double win!"
While another, @blaisele said, "Dear Lord please a new Apple Creative Suite!"
Lynch has worked at Adobe since 2005. He joined the firm with Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia that same year. During his time at Macromedia, Lynch was responsible for developing Adobe's Dreamweaver program.
Some could say that Lynch's move is a surprising one. While at Adobe, he was very opinionated about issues he had with Apple, especially his disdain for the Cuppertino firm's decision to not allow Adobe's Flash on iOS systems since 2010. µ