Apple’s newest vice president: Bozo or rising star?
FORTUNE — The news that Apple (AAPL) has hired Kevin Lynch, formerly Adobe’s (ADBE) chief technology officer, to be its new vice president of technology, has sparked something of a civil war among Apple partisans.
Wired‘s Steve Levy called Lynch a “star.”
Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber called him a “bad hire” and a “bozo.”
“Now we find out,” tweeted Dave Winer, not entirely in jest, “if Gruber secretly runs Apple.”
So who is Kevin Lynch?
Lynch also has deep roots at Apple. He worked at General Magic with Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld from the original Mac team, and at Macromedia with Apple marketing VP Phil Schiller and Randy Ubillos, creator of Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut Pro. His personal webpage lists among the heroes that inspired him Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Jobs.
But Lynch is perhaps best known for his public tussle with Jobs in 2010 over Apple’s decision not to support Adobe Flash on the iPhone and iPad. Lynch made several videos during that period that he probably now regrets, but they give you a rare chance to see an Apple vice president close up.
Star or bozo? Judge for yourself:
From AllThingsD: Lynch defending Flash
From AllThingsD: Lynch defending Creative Suite 5
From YouTube: Lynch running over an iPhone with a steamroller