Adobe Expands Its Executive Ranks
Friday, February 22, 2002
Karen Cottle and James Heeger Join Network Publishing Pioneer SAN JOSE, Calif.--Feb. 21, 2002--Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing, today announced the appointment of Karen Cottle as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, and James Heeger to the position of senior vice president for Adobe's cross media business unit, strengthening the company's executive leadership. Heeger is currently serving in his new role, while Cottle will join Adobe on Feb. 28, 2002. Cottle was previously general counsel for Vitria Technology, Inc. before joining Adobe. From 1986 to 1999, Cottle worked at Raychem Corporation as division counsel before being promoted to vice president, general counsel and secretary of the company. Prior to Raychem, Cottle served as business litigation partner and associate at the law firm of Farella, Braun & Martel and clerked for the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She replaces Colleen Pouliot, who retired from Adobe in late 2001. "After an extensive search for the right candidate, we are delighted that Karen has decided to join Adobe to oversee our legal activities and become a member of our executive team,'' said Bruce Chizen, president and CEO of Adobe. "Karen's valuable corporate, government and outside counsel experience in a variety of legal situations will be a strong addition to both our executive and highly-skilled legal teams.'' Prior to Adobe, Heeger was president and CEO of Fotiva, Inc., a photography software company recently acquired by Adobe with technology to help consumers manage, store, enrich, and share digital photographs. Prior to Fotiva, Heeger spent several years at Intuit, Inc. in various executive roles, including senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's small business division, and CFO of Intuit corporate. Before joining Intuit, Heeger held various management positions at Hewlett-Packard after starting his career in finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. "Jim has extensive high-tech leadership experience, coupled with great financial skills,'' said Chizen. "Jim will be a great addition to our executive team overseeing flagship products like Adobe InDesign and Adobe GoLive and helping to refine and execute on our cross media strategy.''