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Mark Garrett, Adobe

Mark Garrett, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Adobe
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Mark Garrett, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Adobe

Mark Garrett believes that bold decision-making and transparency are critical to transforming and growing a company. Under his guidance as executive vice president and CFO, Adobe has completed the fastest transition to a cloud-based subscription model among companies in the software industry. A "people's CFO" with an MBA in organizational behavior from Marist College, Garrett is just as comfortable talking about numbers as he is about leading and developing teams. He regularly shares his views on these topics with top media and influencers.

While in college, Garrett hoped to become a veterinarian, but he quickly found out that accounting, not organic chemistry, was the right fit for him. He graduated from Boston University with bachelor's degrees in accounting and marketing and started at IBM in upstate New York, where he worked himself out of his first job in six months. An 18-month assignment in Silicon Valley as a region accounting manager for IBM morphed into multiple leadership roles at several software, hardware and internet companies and a permanent Bay Area address. Before joining Adobe in 2007, Garrett co-led the $1.7 billion sale of Documentum to EMC as executive vice president and CFO of Documentum and was senior vice president and CFO of EMC's Software Group.

Garrett sits on the board of directors of Pure Storage, The Adobe Foundation and The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. In 2015 he was named "Public Company CFO of the Year" by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and Institutional Investor ranked him No. 1 in the Best Software CFO category by sell-side analysts.

If Garrett were not at Adobe working with balance sheets, he would be an architect designing buildings.