Bruce Chizen, Former CEO Adobe Systems, used his customer-focused vision to transform Adobe into one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. As CEO from 2000 to 2007, Chizen tripled Adobe’s revenue and turned a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry.
Under Chizen’s leadership, Adobe acquired Macromedia, Inc. in 2005, in a transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion. This acquisition brought together some of the industry’s strongest software brands and most ubiquitous technologies, and accelerated Adobe’s strategy to provide a powerful software platform that scales from mobile devices to enterprise servers. With this platform, Adobe gained access to more desktops and end users than any other technology vendor.
In addition to growing Adobe’s leadership in design and publishing software, Chizen led the company’s expansion into new markets, including enterprise, knowledge worker and consumer. During Chizen’s tenure, Adobe consistently ranked near the top of Fortune Magazine’s annual report on the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”
Prior to becoming CEO, Chizen was executive vice president of worldwide products and marketing. At Adobe since 1994, he was previously vice president and general manager of both the professional graphics division and Adobe’s consumer division.
Chizen holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He currently serves on the boards of Synopsys, Inc, Alearn Silicon Valley Education Foundation and 1st ACT Silicon Valley as well as a number of non profit boards. In 2015, Chizen became a Board Member and Special Advisor at Informatica.