Shantanu Narayen is the CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this post, he held the role as the President and Chief Operating Officer since 2005. He is also the President of the board of the Adobe Foundation.
Shantanu Narayen grew up in Hyderabad, India, the second son of a mother who taught American literature and a father who ran a plastics company. He went to Hyderabad Public School in Hyderabad. Narayen holds a Bachelor of Science in electronics engineeringfrom Osmania University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in computer science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.On May 7, 2011, Narayen received an honorary Doctor of Applied Science degree from his alma mater, Bowling Green State University.
Narayen He started his career at Apple. After Apple, he 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. Narayen joined Adobe in 1998 as a senior Vice-President of worldwide product research, and was later promoted to executive vice president of worldwide products, then appointed to his current post in January 2005 at the age of 41. He also serves on the board of Dell Inc., and the advisory board of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.
Shantanu Narayen is paid an annual salary of US $ 875,000 for his role as chief executive. In 2009, Mr. Narayen was considered one of “The TopGun CEOs” by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency.
US President Barack Obama, in 2011, has appointed Shantanu Narayen as a member of his Management Advisory Board. PMAB was established by an Executive Order in April 2010 to advice on how to implement best business practices on matters related to Federal Government management and operation focusing on productivity, the application of technology and customer service.