Kevin Lynch was the man who defended Flash on iPhone. He also made a number of tests with the iPhone in a Myth Buster show back in 2009, and he should have probably hated the Apple’s iPhone for not running the technology, which his past company, Adobe built. But now, he is the Vice President of Technology at Apple.
Having served Adobe for a really long time as the CTO, Kevin Lynch, is now the VP of Technology at Apple. Confirming the reports, Adobe has released an official statement saying that Kevin would be leaving them to take up another opportunity:
“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.”
The statement is actually interesting. If you notice, Adobe has not suggested any replacement for Kevin. But has revealed that the CEO would take up Kevin’s responsibilities instead.
Apple’s Steve Jobs’ decision to abandon Flash on iPhone has really pushed the Open Web Standards to the limits. And his thoughts on why he dumped the technology was very clear years after his passing, where Adobe officially told that they would stop supporting Flash for mobile devices. And today, in a world where people don’t cry for not having Flash, are enjoying the latest Open Web Technologies.
The decision to hire Kevin Lynch as the VP of Technology is pretty interesting, as Apple has always believed in the company’s fanboishness before it takes in an employee. We might probably hear him talk in a few quarterly calls and might see him on stage at some event as well.