San Jose, CA—Adobe Systems announced the appointment of David A. Ricks to its board of directors. The position was made effective April 12, 2018. The addition of Ricks expands the board of directors of Adobe Systems from 10 to 11 members.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dave to the Adobe board. We expect to benefit greatly from his experience and counsel as we seek to continue Adobe’s momentum and to execute on our strategy to empower people to create and transform how businesses compete,” said Shantanu Narayen, chairman, president and CEO of Adobe.
Ricks currently serves as chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company. In addition, he became chairman of the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in June 2017. Prior to January 2017, Ricks served as president of Lilly Bio-Medicines.
Furthermore, from 2009 to 2012, Ricks was president of Lilly USA, the company’s largest affiliate. He also served as president and general manager of Lilly China, operating in one of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets, from 2008 to 2009. Moreover, he was general manager of Lilly Canada from 2005 to 2008, after roles as director of Pharmaceutical Marketing and National Sales director in Canada.
Ricks joined Eli Lilly and Company in 1996 as a business development associate. He held several management roles in U.S. marketing and sales before moving to Lilly Canada.
Adobe Systems Incorporated, commonly known as Adobe, is an American multinational computer software company. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California.
Adobe has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products. Moreover, recently it has ventured toward rich Internet application software development.
The company is best known for Photoshop, an image-editing software; Acrobat Reader, the Portable Document Format (PDF); Adobe Creative Suite; as well as its successor, Adobe Creative Cloud.