CIO First 100 Days | episode 306

Cynthia Stoddard, SVP & CIO of Adobe Systems

September 11, 2017

Among other topics, Julia discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • Adobe’s transition to a software as a service company
  • Evolving Adobe’s IT strategy and culture using the characteristics of cloud technology
  • Applying customer experience principles to improve the employee experience
  • Tailoring tools to the needs of “personas,” or type of work an individual does
  • Evolving to meet the needs of millennial employees’ expectations
  • Using responsive design principles to create a consistent and seamless employee experience across surfaces (phones, tablets, computers)
  • Lab 82: Adobe’s collaborative workspace
  • Adobe’s work with Girls Who Code
  • Cynthia’s advice for women interested in a career in technology
  • Eye on the trends: big data, analytics, and AI


Cynthia Stoddard is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Adobe Systems Incorporated, a $6 billion software company. Cynthia spearheads Adobe’s global strategy for delivering services that form the mission-critical backbone of the company.

Cynthia has held information technology and technical leadership positions in diverse industries including supply chain, retail, and technology development. Before joining Adobe, Cynthia was the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President at NetApp, a data storage and management company.

In 2016, Silicon Valley Business Journal named Cynthia a Women of Influence. She is also a recipient of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders Award.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Western New England University and an MBA from Marylhurst University.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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