Adobe has hired former senior Intel executive Ann Lewnes as senior vice president of corporate marketing and communications.

Lewnes previously served as Intel’s vice president of sales and marketing and director of partner marketing, which included responsibility for the Intel Inside program.

She will join Adobe on 1 November 2006 and will oversee Adobe’s corporate positioning, branding and identity, public relations, customer-engagement marketing, and vertical marketing efforts. She replaces Melissa Dyrdahl who has decided to leave the company to pursue her interest in social entrepreneurism.

“Ann has championed one of the top technology brands in the world,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s president and chief operating officer.

Lewnes brings 20 years of technology industry experience to Adobe. She began her career at Intel in corporate communications, and she has marketed Intel technology worldwide for over a decade.

In 1997, Lewnes was named as one of the top 25 women to watch by Advertising Age, and in 2000 she was elected to the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement.

Born in New York City, Lewnes received a bachelor's degree in international relations and journalism from Lehigh University.