Mar 17, 2006

Sun’s top software exec leaves for Adobe

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

John Loiacono, Sun Microsystems’ executive vice president for software, is leaving the company to join Adobe Systems as senior vice president of its Creative Solutions Group, CNET has learned.

Sun confirmed the departure on Thursday and said Loiacono’s last day will be March 24. Until a replacement is found, President Jonathan Schwartz–who held Sun’s software chief role before Loiacono–will take over the job.

“We thank John for his many contributions to Sun and wish him well in his new endeavor,” the company said in a statement.

Adobe, headquartered not far from Sun in San Jose, Calif., is a graphics software powerhouse that sells popular titles such as PhotoShop and that acquired rival Macromedia in 2005.

Loiacono will oversee design products such as the Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign and Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe said in a statement. He will report to Adobe President Shantanu Narayen.

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Mr. Loiacono comes to Adobe to replace retiring Bryan Lamkin, long time veteran of Adobe and former product manager of the original Windows version of Photoshop 2.5.

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