Shantanu Narayen (Telugu: శాంతను నారాయణ్; born 27 May 1962 in Hyderabad, Telangana, India) is an Indian American business executive who is the chairman and CEO of Adobe Inc., succeeding Bruce Chizen who had stepped down on December 1, 2007. He had previously been the president and chief operating officer since 2005.
Narayen originally sought to be a journalist, but earned a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from the University College of Engineering at Osmania University in Hyderabad. He then earned master's degrees in computer science from Bowling Green State University and business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Narayen worked at Apple Computer and Silicon Graphics before joining Adobe in 1998 as vice president and general manager of its engineering technology group. He also served as a member of the U.S. President's Management Advisory Board from March 2011 to January 2017.
Adobe and Microsoft
Narayen frequently collaborates with Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft and a fellow student from the Hyderabad Public School of Begumpet. The two have been ranked among top 10 CEOs by employees.
- Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen steps down, President Shantanu Narayen to take helm by Rachel Conrad, The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-11-13.
- Shantanu Narayen executive biography (PDF), Adobe. 2017.
- Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen believes he doesn't need Apple or the iPad (PDF) by Andrew Cave, The Telegraph. 2010-08-14.
- President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Shantanu Narayen for Trade & Industry. by President of India, Twitter. 2019-03-11.
- Adobe to deliver Creative Cloud experience on mobile by Dr. Jimmy Tang, Singapore Hardware Zone. 2014-10-07.
- Microsoft and Adobe expand partnership with deeper PDF integration across Office 365 versions by Nat Levy, GeekWire. 2018-06-18.
- Adobe to deliver its cloud services on Microsoft Azure; Microsoft to make Adobe its preferred marketing service for Dynamics 365 Enterprise by Suzanne Choney, Microsoft. 2016-09-26.
- Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Abobe's Shantanu Narayen ranked among top 10 US CEOs, by employees, Live Mint. 2019-06-20.