Bruce Chizen - Senior Adviser - Permira

Bruce Chizen

Senior Adviser

Former Adobe Systems, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bruce Chizen’s customer-focused vision transformed Adobe into one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. As CEO from 2000 to 2007, Bruce tripled Adobe's revenue and turned a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry.

Prior to becoming CEO, Bruce was executive vice president of worldwide products and marketing. At Adobe since 1994, he was previously vice president and general manager of both the professional graphics division and Adobe's consumer division.

From 1980 to 1983, he worked in Mattel Electronics’ merchandising group, helping grow it to a $500 million business. In 1983, Bruce joined Microsoft Corporation eventually becoming the company’s eastern region sales director. In 1987, he joined Claris Corporation, a subsidiary of Apple Computer, Inc., as a founding senior manager and later held positions as vice president of sales and worldwide marketing before becoming vice president and general manager of Claris Clear Choice.

Bruce is currently a Senior Adviser at Permira Advisers; Executive Chairman at Informatica Corp; Venture Partner at Voyager Capital; and serves on the board of Oracle, Synopsys, ChargePoint, Mirakl, Nexthink, FullStory, AllTrails, and a number of non-profits.


Chizen holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.