Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch headed to Apple

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has reportedly left Adobe for an employment opportunity at Apple.

Some interesting news this afternoon as CNBC recently put out a tweet claiming that Kevin Lynch is stepping down from his role as CTO at Adobe and will be joining Apple.

News of Lynch's departure has since been confirmed via Adobe's filing today of a FORM 8-K with the SEC where it noted: 

On March 18, 2013, Kevin Lynch resigned from his position as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, of Adobe Systems Incorporated, effective March 22, 2013, to pursue other opportunities.

So now the question becomes, is Lynch really heading to Apple? And if so, just what type of work/position awaits someone who was previously CTO of Adobe?

Moseying on over to Lynch's personal website, perhaps we can pick up a few clues.

I'm currently CTO at Adobe, where I shape Adobe's long-term technology vision and focus innovation across the company along the lines of multiscreen, cloud, and social computing. The most recent embodiment of this work is Adobe Creative Cloud for creative professionals, and Adobe Marketing Cloud for marketing professionals.

Hmm, well cloud computing certainly seems to be jumping off the page.

UPDATE: Lynch's departure has since been confirmed by Apple spokesman Steve Dowling who issued a statement to All Things D indicating that Lynch will join Apple as the company's VP of technology, reporting directly to Bob Mansfield.

A person familiar with the move says Lynch had aspired to eventually take the CEO job at Adobe, but that Shantanu Narayen isn’t giving that spot up anytime soon. At Apple, he’ll have a much less senior position, but potentially an important one, where he’ll be tasked with coordinating the company’s hardware and software teams.

It's worth noting, though it isn't at all terribly surprising, that Lynch appears to be a big fan of the Mac. It turns out that Lynch previously worked at General Magic, a famous startup founded by former Apple employees Bill Atkinson, Marck Porat, and the famed Andy Hertzfeld. Lynch explains that working at General Magic gave him the opportunity to work with some of his "heroes who had created the Mac." As a point of interest, Android guru Andy Rubin also used to work at general Magic.

Lynch also adds:

Earlier, I was a Mac software developer. I helped develop the first Mac release of FrameMaker and then led their core technology team. Frame Technology was also acquired by Adobe. Prior to this, I helped establish one of the first Mac software startups in 1984.

While it goes without saying that Apple hires immensely talented individuals all the time, luring away the CTO of Adobe is rather significant.

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