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Advisory Board

Charles Geschke

Charles Geschke

Charles Geschke

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Adobe Systems, Inc.

Charles (Chuck) Geschke co-founded Adobe Systems Incorporated in 1982. A leader in the software industry for more than 35 years, Geschke retired from his position as president of Adobe in 2000 and continues to share the chairmanship of the board with Adobe’s cofounder John Warnock.

Geschke actively participates on several boards of educational institutions, non-profits, technology companies, and arts organizations. In 2009, President Barack Obama awarded him the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In 2008, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He recently completed his term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony and the board of the Commonwealth Club of California. He also serves on the computer science advisory board of Carnegie-Mellon University, the board of the Egan Maritime Foundation, the board of the National Leadership Roundtable On Church Management, the board of directors of Tableau Software, and the board of the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club.

Prior to co-founding Adobe Systems, Geschke formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1980. From 1972 to 1980, he was a principal scientist and researcher at Xerox PARC's Computer Sciences Laboratory. Before beginning full time graduate studies in 1968, he was on the faculty of the mathematics department of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Geschke holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University and a M.S. in mathematics and an A.B. in Latin, both from Xavier University.