Adobe has appointed executive Shantanu Narayen to president and chief operation officer.

The move leaves company CEO Bruce Chizen free to focus on long-term strategies and growth. Narayen will take over day-to-day operations at the company. He previously was executive vice president, worldwide products, a position he has held since 2001.

"During the past three years, Shantanu has worked closely with me running the day-to-day operations of Adobe's global business," said Chizen.

"Under his leadership, Adobe has defined and implemented the product and marketing strategies that are driving our current growth. As Adobe continues expanding into the enterprise and other new market areas, I will increase my focus on the longer term strategies that will fuel the company's future growth."

Before becoming executive vice president of worldwide products, Narayen was senior vice president of worldwide product development, where he successfully oversaw all worldwide research and development for Adobe.