Adobe Systems president and CEO receives honorary degree

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe Systems Incorporated, runs one of the world’s largest software brands with products such as Adobe® Photoshop® software, Adobe Acrobat® software and Adobe Flash® Player. Today (May 7), Narayen received an honorary Doctor of Applied Science degree during Bowling Green State University’s College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony. The event occured at 9:30 a.m. in Anderson Arena.

Narayen received a master’s degree in computer science from BGSU, received an Accomplished Alumni Award in 2006, and in 2010 was named one of the University’s 100 Most Prominent Alumni.

Narayen was named president and CEO of Adobe in December 2007 and has spearheaded two major Adobe acquisitions, the $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture, Inc. in 2009 and the $3.4 billion acquisition of Macromedia in 2005.  Before joining Adobe in 1998, Narayen held various senior management positions at Apple Computer Inc. and Silicon Graphics Inc. He was also the co-founder of Pictra, Inc., an early pioneer of digital photo sharing over the Internet.  

President Barack Obama recently appointed Narayen to his Management Advisory Board.

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(Posted May 07, 2011 )