Wheeler joined Adobe in 1994 when the software vendor acquired Aldus, where he was business development manager. He had been at Aldus for eight years before the merger.
Since joining Adobe, Wheeler had worked his way up from Acrobat product manager to sales and marketing director for central eastern Europe and South Africa, before becoming regional sales director and finally UK managing director.
An Adobe spokeswoman said Wheeler had decided to move on to pastures new, but could not reveal what he was doing.
“After 14 years with Aldus and Adobe, we are obviously sorry to see him go, but he wanted a new challenge,” she said.
The vacancy will be filled by Adobe’s head of US sales, Sue Scheen, who has come to the UK for a year while a permanent replacement is found.
“It’s a competitive market at the moment and we do not want to leave the position open while we look for a replacement. It’s better to have somebody on a temporary basis to keep the business focused,” the spokeswoman said.
Wheeler’s time as managing director had seen some major changes in the way Adobe positioned itself as it stopped trying to sell all its products to everybody and adopted a specialist sales and marketing approach.
Wheeler and Scheen were not available for comment.
This was first published in March 2001