Bruce Chizen

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In March 2012, Bruce Chizen became the newest member of the Delicato Family Vineyards' Advisory Board. Bruce is the former Adobe Systems, Inc. Chief Executive Officer whose customer-focused vision transformed 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, Bruce 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 Bruce'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, Bruce led the company's expansion into new markets, including enterprise, knowledge worker and consumer.

 

During Bruce'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, Bruce was Executive Vice President and General Manager 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 business. From 1980 to 1983, Bruce worked in Mattel Electronics' merchandising group, helping it grow to a $500 million business. In 1983, Bruce joined Microsoft Corporation eventually becoming the company's Eastern region Sales Manager and later held positions as Vice President of sales and worldwide marketing before becoming Vice President of Claris Clear Choice.

 

Bruce holds a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He currently serves on the boards of Oracle Corporation, Informatica Corp., Chargepoint Inc., MakeTV and Synopsys Inc., as well as a number of non-profit boards. Additionally, he holds the position as senior adviser to Permira Advisers, LLC and venture partner at Voyager Capital.