Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shantanu Narayen - CEO of Adobe Systems

Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen
BornMay 27, 1963 (age 47)
EducationOsmania University
Bowling Green State University
University of California, Berkeley
OccupationCEO, Adobe Systems
Board member ofDell, Inc.
Adobe Foundation
University of California at Berkeley

Shantanu Narayen is the current CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the role as the President and Chief Operating Officer since 2005.

Early life

He grew up in Hyderabad, India, the second son of a mother who taught American literature and a father who ran a plastics company. [3] He went to Hyderabad Public School in Hyderabad. Narayen holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Osmania University in India,MBA from the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley in 1993 and hismaster's degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.[4]


He started his career at Apple. After Apple, Narayen served as director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon Graphics, then co-founded Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing over the Internet.

Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as a senior Vice-President of worldwide product research, was later promoted to executive vice president of worldwide products, and appointed to his current post in January 2005 at the age of 41.

Promotion to CEO

On November 12, 2007, Adobe Systems announced in a press release that Bruce Chizen would step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer effective December 1, to be replaced by Shantanu Narayen. [5]

Shantanu Narayen is paid an annual salary of $875,000 for his role as chief executive.[1][2]

In 2009, Mr. Narayen was considered one of "The TopGun CEOs" by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency.[6][7]

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