Shantanu Narayen

Adobe CEO

Preserving the status quo is not a winning strategy. As Adobe CEO, this core belief drove Shantanu and his leadership team's successful transformation of Adobe, moving its creative software franchise from the desktop to the cloud, while creating and leading the explosive digital marketing category. The move to unite content creation and data insights into one end-to-end offering set the standard by which other industry players compete.
Building on this transformative strategy, under Shantanu’s leadership Adobe has achieved record revenue and wide industry recognition, making it Fortune’s Most Admired Company in the software category, one of lnterbrand’s Best Global Brands, and a leader in sustainable and ethical business practices.
Although he originally wanted to be a journalist, Shantanu embarked on the more “expected” career path of engineering while growing up in Hyderabad, India. After coming to the US to earn his master’s degree, he held product development roles at Apple and Silicon Graphics before co-founding an early photo-sharing startup called Pietra. A chance business encounter between Adobe and Pietra led to Shantanu joining Adobe in 1998, where he rose swiftly through the product ranks. He became president and COO in 2005, CEO in 2007, and Chairman of the Board in 2017. Shantanu is passionate about building and empowering teams to drive product innovation and scale Adobe’s business globally.