Shantanu Narayen

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Shantanu Narayen
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.jpg
Shantanu Narayen at the Google I/O event in June 2012
Native nameశాంతను నారాయణ్
Born (1962-05-27) May 27, 1962 (age 56)
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
ResidencePalo Alto, California, US[1][2]
CitizenshipUnited States[3]
EducationBE, MBA, MS
Alma materOsmania University
University of California, Berkeley
Bowling Green State University
SalaryUS$17.89 million (total compensation, 2014)[4]
TitleChairman and CEO, Adobe Systems
TermNovember 2007-
PredecessorBruce Chizen
Board member ofDell Technologies
Adobe Systems
University of California at Berkeley
Adobe Foundation

Shantanu Narayen (Telugu: శాంతను నారాయణ్; born 27 May 1962) is an Indian American business executive, and the CEO of Adobe Systems, and president of the board of the Adobe Foundation. Prior to this, he had been the president and chief operating officer since 2005.

Early life[edit]

He grew up in a Telugu speaking family in Hyderabad, India, the second son of a mother who taught American literature and a father who ran a plastics company.[5] He went to Hyderabad Public School in Hyderabad. Narayen earned a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from University College of Engineering, Osmania University in India, an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.[6]


He started his career at Apple.[7] After Apple, Narayen served as director of desktop and collaboration products for Silicon Graphics, then co-founded Pictra Inc. a company that pioneered the concept of digital photo sharing over the Internet.[8]

Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as a senior vice-president of worldwide product research, was later promoted to executive vice president of worldwide products, and appointed to his current post in November 2007 at the age of 45.

He serves on the board of Dell Inc. and the advisory board of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.[9]

Promotion to CEO[edit]

In November 2007, Adobe Systems announced that Bruce Chizen would step down as CEO effective December 1, to be replaced by Narayen.[10]

Narayen is paid an annual salary of $875,000 for his role as chief executive.[11][12] He received total remuneration of $15.7 million in 2013. [13]

In 2011, Barack Obama appointed him as a member of his Management Advisory Board.[14]

Honours and awards[edit]

On May 2011, Narayen received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Bowling Green State University.[15]


  1. ^ Cave, Andrew (August 14, 2010). "Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen believes he doesn't need Apple or the iPad". The Telegraph. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Shantanu Narayen's house in Palo Alto, California (CA), US". Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Adobe's Shantanu Narayen: India and Other Emerging Markets Are Going to Drive Trends in Software Evolution". Knowledge@Wharton. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  4. ^ "The 10 highest paid Indian-American CEOs". Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ubiquitous Upside -". Forbes. 2008-06-16.
  6. ^ "Shantanu Narayen | Adobe - Executive Profiles". Adobe. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  7. ^ Cave, By Andrew. "Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen believes he doesn't need Apple or the iPad". Retrieved 2017-02-24.
  8. ^ Shantanu Narayen Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer,
  9. ^ Shantanu Narayen Success Story,
  10. ^ "Adobe Names Shantanu Narayen Chief Executive Officer". Adobe. Retrieved 2007-11-12.
  11. ^ "Shantanu Narayen: Executive Profile & Biography". BusinessWeek. McGraw-Hill. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  12. ^ "Shantanu Narayen Profile". Forbes. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  13. ^ "17 highest paid ceos in tech". BusinessInsider. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  14. ^ "President Obama Announces Members of President's Management Advisory Board". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  15. ^ [1] Archived May 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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