Creating great technology — and a great technology company.

When Dr. John Warnock and Dr. Charles Geschke co-founded Adobe in 1982, they set out to build a company where they would like to work — a company that would out-invent and out-engineer the competition while maintaining a culture in which employees treated others with trust and respect. Thanks to what Geschke calls “a unique combination of forward thinking, marketing savvy, timing, and luck,” Adobe pioneered technologies that have forever transformed how people create and consume digital content.

Warnock and Geschke’s shared vision, passion, and dedication played a big part in taking Adobe from start-up to one of the world’s most admired brands. The company is as widely recognized for corporate citizenship and being a great place to work as it is for industry-leading products, broad-based innovation, and strong financials.

Today, as members of Adobe’s Board of Directors, Warnock continues to serve on Adobe’s Board of Directors. On April 16, 2021, Chuck Geschke passed away, leaving an indelible mark on Adobe and the world.


Dr. John Warnock
Dr. Chuck Geschke

Select awards and news

Commonwealth Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
Dr. Chuck Geschke honored for pushing beyond boundaries.

San Francisco Business Times, 2016
Dr. Chuck Geshke: Principles of success

Marconi Prize, 2010
Presented to John E. Warnock
Presented to Charles Geschke
Coveted annual award, the equivalent of a Nobel in the field of information technology.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 2008
One of the highest U.S. honors bestowed on scientists, engineers, and inventors.

Computer Entrepreneur Award: IEEE Computer Society, 2008
Recognition for major technical contributions to the computer industry.

American Electronics Association Medal of Honor, 2006
First software executives ever to receive this award.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software System Award, 1989
Awarded for the invention of Adobe PostScript.

Members of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.

Partners in innovation.

Follow the journey of Dr. Warnock and Dr. Geschke from their days as math students to their revolutionary work at Xerox PARC to their founding and leadership of Adobe.
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John & Chuck


Innovation and risk

Adobe's founders built a culture that promotes risk-taking and empowers employees to innovate together to create brand new markets.

Adobe’s Social Purpose

Social responsibility is a fundamental part of Adobe’s culture.