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Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch steps down, reportedly leaving for Apple (updated)


CNBC has reported that Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch is stepping down. According to All Things D, the executive submitted his resignation just yesterday, with plans to "pursue other opportunities." An Adobe spokesperson, however, confirmed to All Things D that Lynch will be leaving the company at the end of the week, and will be taking a position at Apple. The announcement, made this afternoon, comes alongside the company's earnings report and 8-K filing. Interestingly, Lynch hasn't been Apple's biggest supporter, speaking out against the company at 2010's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. We've reached out to both companies for comment -- we'll keep you posted as we find out more.

Update: Apple has since said that Lynch will be joining the company as a VP of Technology. He'll be reporting to the group's Senior VP, Bob Mansfield.

Update 2: Adobe has provided us with a statement that confirms Kevin Lynch's departure as of March 22, and has added that his position won't be filled by a successor. You'll find the complete statement after the break.

Adobe's statement:

"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."

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