Xavier Magazine

The Builder of an Empire

Charles Geschke, who co-founded one of the nation’s largest and most prominent technology firms, Adobe Systems, returned to campus in February as the featured speaker at the Distinguished Speakers Series event hosted by the Williams College of Business.

Geschke recounted his efforts in building the software giant, which began in 1982 and is named after the creek that ran behind the home of his partner, John Warnock.

The company now has annual revenues of $2 billion and has been voted by various publications as one of the best companies in America to work for, the second most-admired software company in the nation and one of the most generous companies in the country for its charitable donations.

Geschke retired from his position as president of Adobe in 2000 and continues to share the chairmanship of the board with Warnock. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Latin in 1962 and his master’s degree in mathematics in 1963 from Xavier before earning a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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