Adobe hires Sun's Java expert

Adobe Systems has snapped up Sun Microsystems’s top software executive, John Loiacono, as its new senior vice president, creative solutions.

Adobe Systems has snapped up Sun Microsystems’s top software executive, John Loiacono, as its new senior vice president, creative solutions.

Loiacono will take on responsibility for Adobe's creative software portfolio, including its flagship Macromedia Flash, Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver products.

In his role as executive vice president of software at Sun, Loiacono was responsibile for Java, the Java Enterprise System suites, Java developer tools and the Solaris operating system. He had previously been chief marketing officer at Sun and senior vice president of its operating platform group.

Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's president and chief operating officer, said, “With John's leadership we will continue to innovate across the creative markets to deliver integrated suites that simplify workflows, while at the same time delighting our customers with cutting edge new product features that keep our software ahead of the competition.”

The company will continue to build its Adobe Engagement Platform, centred on the PDF format and Flash multimedia product, he said.

Adobe warned earlier this week that multiple critical vulnerabilities in its Flash multimedia player could allow remote attackers to take control over user’s computers.


 

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