Adobe’s CTO leaving the company and heading to Apple

Kevin Lynch

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has been wooed away by Apple. CNBC first reported Tuesday that Lynch has been hired by Apple. His title will be VP of Technology, and he will be reporting to SVP of Technology Bob Mansfield, Apple confirmed to several outlets.

Adobe in a Monday SEC filing revealed that Lynch would leave the company. And in a statement to The Next Web, Adobe confirmed he is leaving March 22 to take the job at Apple.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lynch has been at Adobe since 2005 when the company acquired Macromedia. He is credited with the decision to develop early web publishing software Dreamweaver while at Macromedia.

The move to Apple is tinged with a bit of irony considering the historic bad blood between the two companies. In 2010, Steve Jobs posted his “Thoughts on Flash” regarding Adobe’s technology and its viability for mobile devices. Adobe publicly took exception to Apple’s claims; Lynch himself was a vocal defender of Flash — at one point he said, “The technology issue Apple has with us is not that our tech doesn’t work, it’s that it does work.” Still, just a couple years later,  Apple decisively won the battle.

This post was updated several times with background and to note Adobe’s confirmation that Lynch is leaving for Apple and his new role. It was also updated at 3:21 p.m. PT to correct that Dreamweaver was web publishing software, not desktop publishing software.

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