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Ned Barnholt Joins Adobe Board of Directors


Former Agilent Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Brings Broad Strategic Perspective, Operational Expertise

SAN JOSE, CA — Sept. 1, 2005 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the appointment of Edward W. (Ned) Barnholt, retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Agilent Technologies, to the company’s board of directors. Barnholt’s appointment is effective immediately, expanding Adobe’s board membership from nine to 10 directors.

“Ned is an accomplished leader whose wealth of business experience will be a great complement to our board’s existing expertise. We’re delighted to welcome him as our newest board member,” said Bruce Chizen, Adobe chief executive officer.

Barnholt said, “I am very pleased to join Adobe’s board. I have great respect for this company and its innovative products, and look forward to working with the board and management team.”

Barnholt retired from his post as Agilent’s top executive in March 2005. As Agilent’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, he led the company’s four business sectors --- Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis, Semiconductor Products, Test and Measurement and Automated Test --- and was responsible for guiding Agilent through its spin-off from Hewlett-Packard in 1999.

Barnholt received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He serves on the boards of KLA-Tencor, eBay and the Silicon Valley Leadership (SVLG) Group.

Other Adobe board members are: John E. Warnock, Adobe founder and co-chairman of the board; Charles M. Geschke, Adobe founder and co-chairman of the board; Michael R. Cannon, president, chief executive officer and director, Solectron Corporation; Bruce R. Chizen, chief executive officer, Adobe; James E. Daley, independent consultant, formerly executive vice president and chief financial officer of Electronic Data Systems; Carol Mills, executive vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Products Group, Juniper Networks; Colleen M. Pouliot, attorney in private practice, formerly senior vice president and general counsel at Adobe; Robert Sedgewick, professor of computer science and founding chairman of the Department of Computer Science, Princeton University; and Delbert W. Yocam, independent consultant, formerly chairman and chief executive officer of Borland Software Corporation.

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