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Shantanu Narayen – the man behind the turnaround at Adobe


Mr. Shantanu Narayen is Ceo of Adobe systems and also a board member of Dell Inc. and university of California. In 2011 he was appointed as an advisory member of Former US President Barack Obama.

Shantanu Narayen has reshaped Adobe, helping to nearly double its stock price in two years, after a very public dispute with Apple’s Steve Jobs in 2010. Mr. Narayen was born (May 27, 1963) in Hyderabad into a well-settled family. Although he had grown up aspiring to be a journalist, he did his Bachelors in Science in Electronics Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, upon insistence from his parents. His aspirations to pursue higher education took him to the US where he completed his Master’s in Business Administration (Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Evening & Weekend MBA Program in 1993) and a Master of Science from the Bowling Green State University (Ohio) to go with it.

The 47-year-old president and CEO of Adobe Systems Incorporated—the company that makes Photoshop, Flash video operating system and Acrobat programmes—seems the sort who would always be in between appointments. He also got who was to collect the Global Innovator Award at Nasscom’s 7th Annual Global Leadership Awards.

In less than a span of 9 years, he climbed the ladder quickly and became the CEO of Adobe. As the president and chief executive officer of Adobe, Narayan’s leadership, technology insight and operational expertise have strengthened the company’s culture of innovation, expanded the company into new markets, and extended its product portfolio and global reach. In 2009, Narayen led the $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture, a move that shocked many industry insiders.

Apart from all this, Narayen holds five patents and is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events. He also serves on the Board of Pfizer, Inc. and the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and is president of the board of the Adobe Foundation, which funds philanthropic initiatives around the world. In 2009, Narayen was considered one of “The Top Gun CEOs” by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency.

Mr. Narayen is a recipient of many awards such as:-

  • Global Innovator Award at Nasscom’s 7th Annual Global Leadership Awards, 2011.
  • Annual Leadership Award, 2010 by the International Imaging Industry Association
  • American India Foundation (AIF) Business and Philanthropic Leadership Award, 2009
  • The Haas School’s Business Leader of the Year Award (known as the Alumnus of the Year Award from 1970 to 1998) 2008.



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