|Born||May 26, 1963|
|Alma mater||Osmania University (BE)|
Bowling Green State University (MS)
University of California, Berkeley (MBA)
|Title||Chairman, President, and CEO of Adobe Inc.|
|Board member of||Adobe Inc.|
Shantanu Narayen (born May 27, 1963) is an Indian American business executive. He has been the chairman, president, and chief executive officer (CEO) of Adobe Inc. since December 2007. Before this, he was the company's president and chief operating officer since 2005.
Narayen grew up in Hyderabad, India, in a Telugu-speaking family, and was the second son of a mother who taught American literature and a father who ran a plastics company. He attended Hyderabad Public School.
He earned a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from University College of Engineering, Osmania University in Hyderabad. He moved to the United States to complete his education, and in 1986 received a master's degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 1993 he received an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
In 1986 Narayen joined a Silicon Valley start-up called Measurex Automation Systems, which made computer control systems for automotive and electronics customers. He then moved to Apple, where he was in senior management positions from 1989 to 1995.
After Apple, he served as director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon Graphics. In 1996 co-founded Pictra Inc., a company that pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing over the Internet.
Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as senior vice-president of worldwide product development, a position he held through 2001. From 2001 to 2005 he was executive vice-president of worldwide products.
In 2005 he was appointed president and chief operating officer.
In November 2007, Adobe announced that Bruce Chizen would step down as CEO effective December 1, 2007, to be replaced by Narayen.
As CEO, Narayen led the transformation of the company, moving its creative and digital document software franchises – which include flagship programs such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat/PDF – from the desktop to the cloud. In addition, during his tenure as CEO, Adobe has entered the digital experiences category, an expansion which began with the company’s acquisition of Omniture in 2009.
In 2018 Adobe exceeded $100 billion in market cap and joined the Fortune 400 for the first time. In 2018 it also ranked No. 13 on Forbes’ Most Innovative Companies list.
In May 2011, Narayen received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Bowling Green State University.
In 2011, Barack Obama appointed him as a member of his Management Advisory Board.
Narayen is the lead independent director on the board of directors for Pfizer, and vice chairman of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.
In 2018, Narayen was ranked #12 on Fortune's "Businessperson of the Year" list, and was deemed "Global Indian of the Year" in 2018 by The Economic Times of India.
In 2019, he was a recipient of India's Padma Shri award.
Narayen lives in Palo Alto, California. He met his wife Reni while at Bowling Green State University in the mid 1980s; she has a doctorate in clinical psychology. They have two sons.
His interests include cricket and sailing. He once represented India in sailing at an Asian Regatta. He, along with Satya Nadella, has also invested in Major League Cricket to be hosted by the American Cricket Enterprises (ACE).
Shantanu Narayen is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Adobe, one of the largest and most diversified software companies in the world.