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Mar 20, 2013

Apple hires former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch as VP of Technology

by Freddie Harrison

Former Adobe chief Kevin Lynch, who was well known for his clashes with Apple over Flash, will now work under senior vice president Bob Mansfield in Cupertino

Kevin LynchAccording to AllThingsD and The Next Web, Kevin Lynch, former CTO at Adobe, will be moving to Apple. A statement from Apple says Lynch will assume his new role as VP Technology, reporting to Bob Mansfield – the veteran Apple employee who oversees their wireless and semiconductor teams.

Lynch’s hire is seen as an odd move by some who point to his famous spat with Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs over Flash. In a response to Jobs’ famous open letter regarding the lack of Flash on iOS devices, Lynch painted a bright future for Flash and attacked Apple’s walled garden approach.

Despite this, Lynch does have some strong credentials for a role at Apple. He was reportedly a big part of Adobe’s push towards Creative Cloud, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him working on iCloud at some point, despite his initial role as VP of Technology.

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