No. 3 Bruce Chizen (CEO): Adobe
After a strong financial start to 2007, Adobe announced that the man who came in at #15 on CNN’s list of “The 50 Who Matter Now,” Bruce Chizen, will resign. A man of few words, Chizen says he feels the timing is right and that he needed a break from the ambitious job of CEO of Adobe. This will be a setback since Chizen’s leadership, vision, optimistic attitude and technological expertise directly contributed to double revenue growth since he came onboard in 2000. He is credited with turning a company known expressly for design products into one of the most recognized enterprise software brands in the world. Chizen will serve out his term on Adobe’s Board of Directors and then the company must build or buy its next step forward.