As chief technology officer, Kevin Lynch oversees Adobeâ€™s experience design and core technology across business units. This role includes driving Adobeâ€™s technology platform for designers and developers across desktops and devices, including AdobeÂ® FlashÂ® Player, Portable Document Format (PDF), Adobe FlexÂ® and Adobe AIRâ„¢, the cross-operating system application runtime that bridges the computing power and data capabilities of the desktop with the real-time dynamic capabilities of the web. He also oversees Adobeâ€™s developer relations program, including the integration of customers and partners in the development process through Adobe Labs and customer advisory councils.
Prior to being named CTO in 2008, Lynch served as senior vice president and chief software architect for Adobeâ€™s Platform Business Unit. Lynch joined Adobe through the companyâ€™s 2005 acquisition of Macromedia, Inc., where he served as chief software architect and president of product development. He headed up the creation of the companyâ€™s mobile and devices group and served as general manager of the web publishing group. Lynch also oversaw the initial development of MacromediaÂ® DreamweaverÂ®, a leading web development product.
Before joining Macromedia in 1996, Lynch worked for General Magic, where he pioneered a navigational user interface for handheld communicators. Previously, he designed the user interface and developed the first Macintosh release of FrameMakerÂ® software for Frame Technology, later acquired by Adobe. While at the University of Illinois, Lynch developed early Macintosh applications, including a desktop publishing program that introduced user interface elements in common use today.
Lynch holds three patents with others currently pending, and he is involved in Adobeâ€™s international standards efforts with organizations such as the W3C, ECMA and ISO. Lynch studied interactive computer graphics at the University of Illinois, working with artists and engineers in the Electronic Visualization Laboratory.