CEO Shantanu Narayen’s Commencement Address at Haas School of Business

On Saturday, May 19, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen delivered the commencement address at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  MBA graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff gathered in the Greek Theatre for the event.  You can check out the video and text of his speech online.


As the core of his message, Shantanu shared three secrets to thriving in the midst of constant change:

1) The answer isn’t in a spreadsheet (rely on your gut)

2) Know your Zen (understand and stay true to yourself)

3) Surround yourself with people smarter than you (build a team that brings out your best)

Through the course of the address, Shantanu shared a number of personal and Adobe stories, from the downpour at his own Haas graduation through the advice that Adobe co-founder John Warnock gave him when he took the CEO job:  “If you don’t like your job, you have only one person to blame.”

Congratulations to all the Haas MBA graduates!