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Adobe Inc.

Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement

To our stockholders, customers, employees, and partners,

In 2020, our world changed forever. We experienced the largest health crisis of our generation, were reminded of the long road ahead to racial justice, and witnessed the stark impacts of climate change. While these realities persist in 2021, the new year represents an opportunity to reflect on the unity, purpose, and hope that emerged. Around the globe, people came together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Human ingenuity and science prevailed, with vaccines and therapies developed in record time. Companies, leaders, and communities pledged their commitment to foster a more equal and diverse world for everyone. We witnessed the power of digital to connect us, enable us to speak out, and fuel every aspect of how we live, learn, work, and play.

“Adobe’s mission – to Change the World rough Digital Experiences – proved to be more relevant than ever. e benefits of our innovation help millions across the globe – from the creative professional, to students, governments, small businesses, and the largest multinational enterprises – create, be productive, and develop and deliver the world’s best digital experiences.”

Adobe’s mission – to Change the World rough Digital Experiences – proved to be more relevant than ever. e benefits of our innovation help millions across the globe – from the creative professional, to students, governments, small businesses, and the largest multinational enterprises -create, be productive, and develop and deliver the world’s best digital experiences.

Our resilience is rooted in an unwavering focus on our employees, groundbreaking innovation, and our purpose, which is to harness the best of Adobe to make a significantimpact in the world. It is this clarity that has driven our continued growth and success, making Adobe one of the most trusted and revered brands around the globe.

A Momentous 2020

People come first, and our top priority remains the health and wellbeing of our employees. Adobe took swiſt action to direct teams to work from home, suspend travel, and cancel in-person events. We pledged no layoffs and undertook a companywide reprioritization exercise to ensure we were focused on the initiatives that would drive the most long-term impact. We increased the frequency of our communications, surveyed employees regularly, and rolled out new benefits and programs to meet their needs. Our employee engagement numbers have actually increased over the last year, a testament to our strong culture and values.

To help our customers make the transformational shiſt to digital overnight, we provisioned 30 million students at home with Adobe Creative Cloud and provided teachers with distance learning support. We offered our web-based PDF services on Adobe.com to assist with document productivity while working from home. We implemented a rapid response program to help governments digitize critical workstreams and engage with their constituents during a pivotal time.

As a product company at our core, Adobe’s innovation engine continued to fire on all cylinders. In Adobe Creative Cloud, we delivered significant product innovation that extended our applications to multiple surfaces and broke new ground in emerging categories, while improving customer engagement. In Adobe Document Cloud, we introduced Liquid Mode, which harnesses the power of Adobe Sensei, our artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, to decipher unstructured PDFs and make them responsive on mobile

devices. We delivered more capabilities for document verbs – editing, sharing, scanning, and signing – across desktop, web, mobile, and through frictionless PDF services. In Adobe Experience Cloud, we launched new capabilities in Adobe Experience Platform to expand real-time customer profiles, Intelligent Services to further the use of artificial intelligence in organizations, and Customer Journey Analytics to unify and activate cross-channel data. We closed our acquisition of Workfront, the leading work management platform for marketers, furthering our vision to establish an industry-leading marketing system of record.

As the digital experiences company, we paved the path to leadership and innovation in a digital economy. Adobe MAX, our annual creativity conference, was an around-the-clock digital event like none other, featuring some of the biggest names in creativity and garnering 21 million views. Harnessing data from trillions of transactions powered by Adobe Experience Cloud, we provided a unique, real-time assessment of the economy with the Adobe Digital Economy Index, giving companies a view of digital commerce trends to help them manage their businesses in a dynamic market.

Our leadership extends to not only what we do, but how we do it. We were a top riser on Interbrand’s Best Global Brands list for the 5th year in a row, consistently named a best place to work globally, and a leader in diversity and sustainability through the Bloomberg Equality Index, CDP Climate Change A List, and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. We earned the top spot in Fortune’s Blue Ribbon list for appearing on seven of its ten most rigorous annual rankings.

All of this culminated in another strong fiscal year for Adobe. We achieved $12.87 billion in revenue, representing 15% year-over-year growth. We surpassed $10 billion in Digital Media ARR in Q4, marking a significant milestone. We generated a massive $5.73 billion in cash flows from operations and continue to create tremendous shareholder value. Our strong financial discipline and ability to drive top and bottom-line growth at scale is unparalleled, and we are well-positioned to capture the expansive market opportunities ahead of us.

Growth Strategy

Adobe has always been relentlessly focused on looking around the corner, driving towards the next big market opportunity to solve customer challenges and anticipate their needs. Our bold ambitions, combined with world-class execution, have enabled our continuous growth for nearly four decades.

Today, every industry is experiencing a tectonic shiſt towards all things digital at an unprecedented pace, and Adobe is the leader in three massive, growing categories – creativity, documents, and customer experience management – all of which are at the nexus of this digital revolution. Our strategy of Unleashing Creativity, Accelerating Document Productivity, and Powering Digital Businesses is driving our success across every geography and audience.

Last year, we saw the profound ability creativity has to empower people to connect, learn, and cope. Everyone – from the individual creative using art to advocate for change, to the student submiing their next school assignment, to the creative professional designing a website – has a story to tell. Content is fueling the global economy, with new devices, channels, and modalities leading to an explosion of content creation and consumption. With Adobe Creative Cloud, we are Unleashing Creativity – giving anyone, anywhere the tools to express their creativity. We are the leader in core creative categories like photography, design, video, and illustration, and we are expanding our leadership in emerging categories like screen design and immersive media. We are building solutions for every surface and system and making the creative process more collaborative and seamless across mediums. Applications like Illustrator for iPad, Photoshop Camera, Rush, and Spark are expanding our customer universe, advancing our vision to democratize creativity.

e shiſt to remote work has made digital workflows even more mission-critical in powering the modern business. e paper-to-digital transformation is accelerating, and cloud and mobile are reshaping how we work, enabling greater collaboration and efficiencies across dispersed teams. With Adobe Document Cloud, we are Accelerating Document Productivity, reinventing how people view, share, and engage with documents. Our mission is to enable all document actions – what we call Acrobat verbs – to be frictionless across web and mobile, leveraging our ubiquitous PDF format. rough Adobe Sensei, our artificial intelligence and machine learning technology, we are deciphering trillions of unstructured PDFs to unlock their value. Supported with a rich set of APIs, Adobe Document Cloud provides a cloud ecosystem that is revolutionizing how applications and services are built.

Every business has become a digital business, and the imperative for customer experience management has never been more real. With Adobe Experience Cloud, we are Powering Digital Businesses of all sizes, giving them everything they need to design and deliver great customer

experiences at scale. Adobe Experience Cloud is the most comprehensive set of market-leading solutions across content and commerce, customer journey management, data and insights, and work management, all powered by the Adobe Experience Platform. To further our value proposition, we are investing in artificial intelligence and machine learning, delivering next-generation applications and services on the Adobe Experience Platform, and accelerating the integration of our offerings. Re-architecting systems around the customer requires strong integration across the C-Suite. Building on our deep partnership with the CMO, we are expanding our focus to the CIO and across the C-Suite to enable exceptional experiences at every stage of the customer journey.

Ethics and Integrity

As our products become increasingly ubiquitous and we bring transformational technologies to bear, we are commied to Digital Citizenship – the responsible use of technology for the good of our customers and society – in areas such as content authenticity, artificial intelligence ethics, privacy, and security.

With the velocity of content increasing every day, digital provenance is more critical than ever. We are leading the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) with numerous partners in hardware, soſtware, publishing, and social media, establishing the standard for transparency and aribution across the entire content ecosystem. Last year, we introduced the CAI aribution tool, providing an easy way for creators to securely aach information about how a piece of content was edited. We started with Photoshop and Behance and plan to expand into other Adobe Creative Cloud applications this year.

Data is fundamental to how the world connects today, and we uphold high standards of responsibility on privacy and data ethics. We have created a set of artificial intelligence principles on the tenets of responsibility, accountability, and transparency to ensure that artificial intelligence is used responsibly and does not reinforce biases that may exist in data. All new artificial intelligence features and products will be reviewed under these principles.

Adobe’s privacy-by-design approach proactively incorporates privacy and certified security controls into product development that meet regulations. We provide our enterprise customers with tools that enable them to manage their consumers’ information, and our enterprise solutions are CCPA and GDPR ready. We believe that data, when used with consumer consent, trust, and transparency,

can result in hyper-personalized experiences that deliver tremendous customer value.

People Are Our Greatest Asset

None of this would be possible without our 22,000+ employees around the globe, who are rallied around our mission and strategy – to create products and experiences that inspire people, transform industries, and move the world forward. I remain incredibly proud of how our employees have navigated this time with resilience, dedication, and support for one another.

“It is our belief that everyone deserves equal treatment and opportunity, and that building a diverse and inclusive workplace that is reflective of the world we live in is not only the right thing to do, but essential to ensuring that our employee base represents the broad range of customers that Adobe serves.”

It is our belief that everyone deserves equal treatment and opportunity, and that building a diverse and inclusive workplace that is reflective of the world we live in is not only the right thing to do, but essential to ensuring that our employee base represents the broad range of customers that Adobe serves.

Our commitment to people is cemented in our long track record of progressive people-centered benefits and programs, continued investment in the growth and development of our employees around the world, and vibrant employee community networks, which amplify the diverse backgrounds among us and foster an enriched culture of belonging.

We achieved global gender pay parity in October 2018, and in September 2020, we reaffirmed that we have maintained global gender pay parity and announced that we achieved pay parity between employees from underrepresented minority (URM) groups and non-URM employees in the U.S. We have taken our efforts one step further to introduce “opportunity parity,” which examines fairness in promotions and horizontal movement across demographic groups.

Last year, together with our Black employees, we formed the “Taking Action Initiative,” our strategy to accelerate the representation, development, and success of the Black community across hiring and recruiting, growth and advancement, advocacy, community, and data transparency.

We believe that greater representation leads to a virtuous cycle of more role models, advancement, and growth a playbook that we can scale globally. We have declared a set of aspirational goals to continue to increase global diversity; increase women in leadership positions to 30 percent globally by 2025; double U.S. underrepresented minorities in leadership positions by 2025; and double Black representation as a percentage of U.S. employees by 2025. To help us achieve our goals, we invested in a Diversity Talent Acquisition team to recruit diverse talent and are increasing our investment in partnerships with diverse institutions to build a strong pipeline.

Looking ahead, we know that the way we work has changed forever. We believe that the future of work for Adobe will be hybrid, leveraging the best of in-person interactions to collaborate and innovate, while utilizing the flexibility that comes with working from home. We will double down on our own digital transformation, making digital tools even more central to how we work. Most importantly, continuing to foster our industry-leading culture and the growth and impact of our people will remain a top priority, regardless of how and where we work.

Purpose At Our Core

Adobe’s mission has always been to create products that empower people to change the world. Our purpose is anchored on harnessing our people, platform, creativity, and innovation to make lasting change in the areas where we can uniquely make the most impact.

“Adobe’s mission has always been to create products that empower people to change the world. Our purpose is centered on harnessing our people, platform, creativity, and innovation to make lasting change in the areas where we can uniquely make the most impact.”

Digital literacy is a fundamental skill and we want to empower every voice with the tools, skills, and platform to achieve their goals. We invest in a number of programs to propel talented people to the next stage of their careers, such as the Adobe Digital Academy, Adobe Women-in-Technology Scholarship, and e Design Circle Scholarship Initiative, all of which provide skills and mentorship, products, and resources to prepare candidates for roles in technology and design. Adobe is the first brand to create the Women at Sundance Fellowship, and we are a sponsor of the SundanceIgnite Fellowship, both of which give emerging filmmakers the opportunity to develop their craſt. Our newly launched Diverse Voices platform highlights the stories of diverse creators, providing a single destination for inspiration, education, and connection.

We abide by a set of inclusive design principles to make our products more accessible. Adobe Color aids individuals with colorblindness or other visual color deficiencies. Liquid Mode, a capability in Adobe Acrobat, deciphers unstructured PDFs to make them more responsive and readable. In partnership with scientists and researchers, we launched a new effort that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and digital tools to give readers of all levels the ability to customize their PDF reading experience, improving speed, accuracy, and reading comprehension.

Our commitment to sustainability extends across our products, operations, and advocacy. Adobe technology enables cloud-based software delivery, paperless workflows, and virtual collaboration, allowing our customers to create a more sustainable future. We have seen this especially pronounced during the pandemic. The U.S. Census used Adobe Experience Cloud to power the first Digital Decennial Census in 2020. Ben & Jerry’s used Adobe Creative Cloud to create 3D renderings of ice cream pints in a virtual photoshoot, eliminating expenses and emissions that come with physical photoshoots. Financial institutions have leveraged Adobe Sign to process loans and other essential operations online, reducing their carbon footprint.

We furthered our commitment to address climate change by raising our Science-Based Targets to “well-below 1.5°C” – the most ambitious designation available through the Science-Based Target Initiative process. We made significant progress on our goal to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, helping to implement a green tariff in our Utah office and signing a load-matched 100 percent renewable electricity agreement for our California operations, which will commence in mid-2021. We were proud to join “Recover Beer,” an initiative calling on businesses and governments to put climate action at the forefront of COVID-19 recovery efforts, as well as the LEAD on Climate 2020 initiative, which advocates for long-term solutions to climate change.

In 2020, Adobe invested over $86 million in our communities through our philanthropy, volunteer, and product donation programs. Our corporate social responsibility programs (CSR) served over 71,000 non-profits worldwide, reaching 1.6 million

underserved people. 70 percent of employees participated in our CSR programs, giving their time and talents to the most pertinent issues facing our societies. As an example, one group of employees produced and distributed over 150,000 3D-printed face shields for healthcare workers. It is our employees’ creativity and compassion that is most inspiring.

Looking Ahead

Adobe has the right strategy, applied to an exceptional opportunity – we expect our total addressable market to be $147 billion in 2023 and plan to surpass $15 billion in revenue in FY21. Our proven capability to create and lead categories, expansive customer universe, industry-leading products, talented employees, and world-class financial discipline give us an unmatched competitive advantage.

Adobe’s best days are ahead of us, and I remain more optimistic than ever that human ingenuity, science, and technology will win, resulting in a brighter future for all of us.

ank you for being on this journey with us.

Sincerely,Shantanu Narayen Chairman, President & CEO Adobe Inc.

Notice of

Annual Meeting of Stockholders

A list of stockholders eligible to vote at the meeting will be available for review during our regular business hours at our principal executive offices at 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, California 95110 for the ten days prior to the meeting for any purpose related to the meeting, and will be available during the entire time of the virtual meeting.

BOARDITEMS OF BUSINESS

RECOMMENDATION

1.

Elect eleven members of our Board of Directors named herein to serve for a one-year term.

FOR each director nominee

2.

Approve the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, to increase the available share reserve by 6,000,000 shares.

FOR

4.

Approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers.

FOR

You may participate in the Annual Meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/ADBE2021. There is no physical location for the Annual Meeting. For more information about the Annual Meeting, please see page81of the proxy.

Your vote is important. Please vote as soon as possible. You may vote your shares using the methods below.

: Go to proxyvote.com and enter the 16-digit control number found in your Notice of Internet Availability or proxy card.

See “Information about the Meeting, Voting, and Proxies – Participating in Our Virtual Annual Meeting” on page82for more information.

( Call toll-free 1-800-690-6903.

+ Sign, date and return the proxy card or voting instruction form you received by mail.

By order of the Board of Directors,

Dana Rao

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

March 5, 2021

San Jose, California

Date & Time

Location

Record Date

3.

Ratify the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for our fiscal year ending on December 3, 2021.

FORVote in Advance of the Meeting

Vote Online During the Meeting

Proxy Statement for the

2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Table of Contents

Page

Proxy Summary

1

Financial and Business Highlights

1

Stockholder Engagement

1

Board Highlights

2

Executive Compensation Highlights

4

Board of Directors and Corporate Governance

5

Our Board of Directors

5

Considerations in Evaluating Director Nominees

6

Director Nominees

7

Independence of Directors

12

Board Leadership Structure

12

Fiscal Year 2020 Board and Committee Meetings

13

Committees of the Board

14

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

16

Transactions with Related Persons

16

Communications with the Board

17

Corporate Governance Guidelines and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

17

The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight

18

Risk Analysis of Performance-Based Compensation Plans

18

Board Evaluation

19

Director Compensation

20

Environmental, Social, and Governance

24

Executive Officers

26

Executive Compensation

29

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

29

Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights

29

Compensation Approach in Fiscal Year 2021

31

Compensation-Setting Governance and Process

32

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

34

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Executive Compensation Program Components35

Other Benefits and Programs45

Tax and Accounting Considerations48

Summary Compensation Table50

Outstanding Equity Awards at 2020 Fiscal Year End54

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation56

Equity Compensation Plan Information61

Proposals66

Proposal 2-Approval of the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, to increase the available sharereserve by 6,000,000 shares

67

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

77

Audit Committee Pre-Approval PolicyReport of the Audit Committee

77

78

Information about the Meeting, Voting, and Proxies

80 81

Quorum for the Annual Meeting81

Participating in Our Virtual Annual Meeting82

Reporting of Voting Results84

Annual Report84

Stockholder Proposals to be Presented at Next Annual Meeting85

Annex B – Adobe Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, as amendedB-1

Realizable Pay44

Equity-Related Policies47

Report of the Executive Compensation Committee49

Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 202052

Option Exercises and Stock Vested in Fiscal Year 202055

Change of Control56

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management63

Proposal 1-Election of Directors

66

Proposal 3-Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

76

Proposal 4-Advisory Vote on Executive CompensationDate, Time, and Place of Meeting81

Internet Availability of Proxy Materials81

Voting82

Householding of Proxy Materials84

Proxy Solicitation Costs85

Annex A – Non-GAAP MeasuresA-1

Proxy Summary

The proxy materials, which include this proxy statement, proxy card, Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K, are being distributed and made available on or about March 5, 2021. This proxy statement contains important information for you to consider when deciding how to vote on the matters brought before the 2021 Annual Meeting.

This summary does not contain all of the information you should consider. Please read this entire proxy statement carefully before voting.

Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Highlights

REVENUE

GAAP DILUTED EPS

NON-GAAP DILUTED EPS*

$12.87B

$10.83

$10.10

15% from FY2019

81% from FY2019

28% from FY2019

OPERATING CASH FLOW

GAAP OPERATING INCOME

NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME*

$5.73B

↑30%

↑24%

during FY2020

from FY2019

from FY2019

DIGITAL MEDIA REVENUE

DIGITAL EXPERIENCE REVENUE

STOCK REPURCHASES

$9.23B

$3.13B

$3.0B

20% from FY2019

12% from FY2019

returned to stockholders in FY2020

Annex A includes a reconciliation of non-GAAP diluted EPS and non-GAAP operating income to diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) and operating income, reported under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”).

Stockholder Engagement

Adobe has a history of actively engaging with our stockholders and regularly assessing our corporate governance, executive and director compensation, and sustainability practices. Our Investor Relations team regularly meets with investors, prospective investors, and investment analysts. Meetings can include participation by our management team, and at times, our Lead Director and other members of our Board of Directors (the “Board”). Our head of Investor Relations regularly communicates topics discussed and stockholder feedback to senior management and the Board for consideration in their decision-making.

Since our 2020 Annual Meeting, we have sought meetings with stockholders that collectively hold greater than 40% of our outstanding shares as part of our stockholder engagement efforts. Topics that we discussed with stockholders during our fiscal year 2020 outreach include:

• Business strategy

• Financial performance

• Executive & director compensation

• The Content Authenticity Initiative

• Human capital and talent

• Diversity and Inclusion programs

• Workforce & ESG disclosures

• Renewable energy and sustainability

• Accessibility and digital inclusion

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Board Highlights

Director Nominees and Committee Membership

The following table sets forth the name, role, age as of March 5, 2021, tenure, and committee assignments for each of our eleven director nominees at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Each director is elected annually by our stockholders.

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS(1)NOMINATINGDIRECTORNAME

ROLE

AGE

SINCEINDEPENDENTAUDITEXECUTIVE AND COMPENSATION GOVERNANCE

Melanie Boulden

Director

48

2020

Yes

M

James Daley

Director

79

2001

Yes

M

Shantanu Narayen

Chairman

57

2007

No

Dheeraj Pandey

Director

45

2019

Yes

M

Daniel Rosensweig

Director

59

2009

Yes

M

C

Chair

M

Member

(1)

If director nominees are elected by stockholders, committee composition immediately following the 2021 Annual Meeting will be unchanged.

Corporate Governance Highlights

  • • All committee members are independent

    • • All directors stand for election annually

  • • Single class of stock with equal voting rights

    • • Robust stock ownership requirements for executive officers and directors

  • • Simple majority vote standard for charter/bylaw amendments

  • • Regular board and committee evaluations

Amy Banse

Director

61

2012

Yes

C

M

Frank Calderoni

Lead Director

63

2012

Yes

C

Laura Desmond

Director

56

2012

Yes

M

Kathleen Oberg

Director

60

2019

Yes

C

M

David Ricks

Director

53

2018

Yes

M

John Warnock

Director

80

1983

Yes

  • • Strong board independence (10 of 11 director nominees are independent)

    • • Independent lead director

  • • Majority vote standard for uncontested director elections

    • • Bylaws provide for proxy access for stockholders

  • • Stockholder right to call a special meeting

    • • All current Audit Committee members are audit committee financial experts under SEC rules

Age, Tenure and Board Diversity

*Excluding co-founder John Warnock, who has served on the Board since the Company’s inception, the remaining ten nominees have an average tenure of 8.1 years.

Director Attributes

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

11 director nominees

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & STRATEGY

11 director nominees

LEGAL OR REGULATORY

4 director nominees

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

11 director nominees

SALES, MARKETING & BRAND MANAGEMENT

4 director nominees

OPERATIONS

11 director nominees

Underrepresented communities as defined in California AB 979

TECHNOLOGIST

3 director nominees

FINANCE OR ACCOUNTING

10 director nominees

PUBLIC COMPANY BOARD SERVICE

8 director nominees

Executive Compensation Highlights

Compensation Practices

What we do

Pay for Performance.

ü Our executives’ total compensation is designed to pay for performance and is comprised of elements that address both short-term and long-term financial performance.

Our Insider Trading Policy, which applies to û all employees, officers, and directors, prohibits transactions involving pledging, hedging, or short sales of Adobe equity.

Independent Compensation Consultant.

ü The Compensation Committee engages its own independent compensation consultant to advise on executive and non-employee director compensation matters.

û We do not provide golden parachute excise tax gross-up payments.

Annual Compensation Peer Group Review.

ü The Compensation Committee reviews the composition of our compensation peer group annually and makes adjustments to the composition of that peer group, if deemed appropriate.

We do not provide defined benefit pension û plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, or retiree health benefits.

Annual Say-on-Pay Vote.

ü We conduct an annual advisory vote on the compensation of our NEOs. At our 2020 Annual Meeting, more than 93% of the votes cast approved the 2019 compensation of our NEOs.

Our equity plans do not include an û evergreen feature that would automatically replenish the shares available for issuance.

Clawback policy.

ü We have a clawback policy for performance-based incentive compensation of our executive officers.

Robust Stock Ownership Guidelines.

ü We have robust stock ownership requirements for our directors and officers at the Senior Vice President level and above.

Total Direct Compensation

What we don’t do

Board of Directors & Corporate Governance

Our Board of Directors

Our business is managed under the direction of our Board, which is currently composed of eleven members. Adobe’s stockholders elect our Board members annually, and, with the exception of Melanie Boulden, who was appointed to the Board on October 2, 2020, all of our current directors were elected by our stockholders, and all directors are serving a term that expires at the 2021 Annual Meeting. See the “Proxy Summary-Board Highlights” section for information on the composition of our Board.

The following table highlights the number of our director nominees who share certain categories of attributes and experiences that uniquely qualify them to serve on our Board. We believe the diversity of experiences and qualifications represented by our directors is critical to Adobe’s success. We have narrowly tailored and defined these categories, although inclusion in certain categories will in many cases provide experience and expertise covered by other categories. For example, directors with CEO experience will also have gained significant exposure to operational and regulatory issues.

Attributes and Experience of Director Nominees

11 Executive Leadership executive, or business unit leader of a company with a deep understanding ofDirectors who have served as a founder, CEO, or CEO-equivalent, senior company offerings and industry

11 3 11 4 10 4 11 8

Global Leadership

Directors with leadership experience in a global company overseeing non-U.S. operations, diverse economic landscapes, and working with various cultures

Business Development & Strategy

Directors with expertise in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, growth strategies, or business expansion

Finance or Accounting

Directors with a deep understanding of finance, accounting principles and methodologies, financial reporting, financial management, capital markets, financial statements, audit processes and procedures, or internal financial controls

Operations

Directors having expertise in business operations management, supply chain management, integration, or distribution

Technologist

Directors with extensive experience in software products, services, engineering, or development, computer science, information technology, cyber-security, or technology research and development

Sales, Marketing & Brand Management

Directors with specific and extensive career experience focusing on sales management, marketing campaign management, marketing/advertising products and services, or public relations

Legal or Regulatory

Directors with governmental policy, legal knowledge, or experience with compliance and regulatory issues within a public company or a regulatory body, including any individual who has a CPA, JD, or significant CFO experience

Public Company Board Service / Governance

Directors who currently serve, or have served, on other public company boards

Considerations in Evaluating Director Nominees

The Board identified the following general criteria for consideration when evaluating board member nominees, and composition of the Board:

  • • Exercises logical, thorough, objective, sound and rational judgment when representing the best interests of all Adobe stockholders

  • • Possesses experience and expertise relevant to expanding the breadth of the Board’s collective knowledge, skill set and attributes

  • • Proves and reinforces board member’s commitment to achieving Adobe’s long-term objectives by prioritizing and investing the attention necessary to fulfill Board membership-related duties, attendance obligations and responsibilities

  • • Maintains and increases diversity in professional experience, personal experience, expertise, culture, race, ethnicity and gender among the Board members

  • • Understands elements relevant to the success of a publicly-traded company, including the importance of best practices in corporate governance

  • • Demonstrates integrity and ethics in such candidate’s personal and professional life

Director Nominees

for Election for a One-Year Term Expiring in 2022

Amy Banse

Committees: Executive Compensation (chair), Nominating and Governance

Biography:

Ms. Banse currently serves as Senior Advisor to Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company where she previously held the positions of Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation, and Managing Director and Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures. Prior to that role, Ms. Banse was President of Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a division of Comcast responsible for developing Comcast’s online strategy and operating Comcast’s digital properties, including Fandango, Xfinity.com and Xfinitytv.com. She joined Comcast in 1991 and spent the early part of her career at Comcast overseeing the development of Comcast’s cable network portfolio. She received a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

Age: 61

Director since 2012.

Other Public Company Boards:

As the former Managing Director and Head of Funds for Comcast Ventures and Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation, as well as her prior executive positions, including President of CIM, Ms. Banse has extensive executive leadership experience and extensive knowledge of financial and strategic issues. She also brings to the Board a deep expertise in global media and technology organizations in online business.

The Clorox Company Lennar Corporation

Melanie Boulden

Committees: Executive Compensation

Biography:

Ms. Boulden currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Coca-Cola North America (CCNA) and provides oversight to its multibillion dollar portfolio that includes brands like Coca-Cola, Sprite, Smartwater and Honest Tea. Prior to her role as Chief Marketing Officer of CCNA, Ms. Boulden was President of the Stills Business Unit and led CCNA’s water, active hydration, tea and coffee businesses. Before joining Coca-Cola in August 2019, Ms. Boulden was the global head of Marketing and Brand Management at Reebok, where she reignited Reebok’s connection to pop culture, entertainment, fitness and fashion. She also served as senior vice president of Global Marketing at Crayola and spent several years at Kraft Foods and Henkel Consumer Goods in various marketing and general management

Age: 48

Director since 2020.

positions. She has been recognized as one of Ad Age’s 2019 U.S. Women to Watch. Ms. Boulden holds a B.S. from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from The University of Iowa.

With her current role as Chief Marketing Officer of CCNA, together with her previous roles crafting some of the world’s most well-known brands, Ms. Boulden brings to the Board extensive experience and deep expertise in global marketing and brand management.

Frank Calderoni Lead Director

Committees: Nominating and Governance (chair)

Biography:

Mr. Calderoni currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Anaplan, a planning and performance management platform provider. Prior to joining Anaplan in January 2017, he served as Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer at Red Hat from June 2015 to December 2016. Until June 2015, he was an Executive Advisor at Cisco, a designer, manufacturer and seller of IP-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry. From 2008 to January 2015, Mr. Calderoni served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cisco, managing the company’s financial strategy and operations. He joined Cisco in 2004 from QLogic Corporation, a storage networking company where he was Senior Vice

Age: 63

Director since 2012.

Lead Director since 2020.

Other Public Company Boards:

President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for SanDisk Corporation, a flash data storage company. Before joining SanDisk, Mr. Calderoni spent 21 years at IBM, a global services, software and systems company, where he became Vice President and held controller responsibilities for several divisions within the company. Mr. Calderoni holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Fordham University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University.

Anaplan, Inc.

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (2016 to 2019)

As a result of his position at Anaplan, as well as his past service as chief financial officer of publicly traded global technology companies, Mr. Calderoni brings to the Board abundant financial expertise that includes extensive knowledge of the complex financial and operational issues facing large global companies, and a deep understanding of accounting principles and financial reporting rules and regulations. He provides the Board and Audit Committee with significant insight into the preparation of financial statements and knowledge of audit procedures. Through his senior executive positions, Mr. Calderoni has demonstrated his global leadership and business acumen.

James Daley

Committees: Audit

Biography: Age: 79

Mr. Daley has been an independent consultant since his retirement in July 2003 from Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), an information technology service company. Mr. Daley served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EDS from March 1999 to February 2003, and as its Executive Vice President of Client Solutions, Global Sales and Marketing from February 2003 to July 2003. From 1963 until his retirement in 1998, Mr. Daley was with Price Waterhouse, where he served as Co-Chairman-Operations and Vice-Chairman-International from 1988 to 1998. From 1985 to 1997 he was a member of the U.S. firm’s Policy Board and from 1990 to 1998 a member of the firm’s World Board. Mr. Daley holds a B.B.A. from Ohio University where he served for over twenty years as a Trustee of The Ohio University Foundation, including Chairing its Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2002.

Director since 2001.

Other Public Company

Boards:

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (1998 to 2016)

With more than 35 years of service with the international accounting firm Price Waterhouse, as well as his past service as the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded global technology company, and his board level experience with Price Waterhouse, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and The Ohio University Foundation, Mr. Daley brings to the Board extensive expertise related to the business, operational and financial issues facing large global technology corporations, as well as a comprehensive understanding of international business, regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters.

Laura Desmond

Committees: Executive Compensation

Biography:

Ms. Desmond is currently Founder and CEO of Eagle Vista Partners, a strategic advisory and investment firm focused on marketing and digital technology, and an Operating Partner in the Media & Technology Practice at Providence Equity Partners, a private equity investment firm. Prior to this, she was the Chief Revenue Officer of Publicis Groupe, a group of global marketing, communication and business transformation companies from December 2016 to December 2017. From 2008 to December 2016 she was the Global Chief Executive Officer of Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), a global marketing and media services company which is part of the Publicis Groupe. Prior to her appointment as Global Chief Executive Officer in 2008, Ms. Desmond was Chief Executive Officer of SMG – The

Age: 56

Director since 2012.

Americas from 2007 to 2008 where she managed a network spanning the United States, Canada and Latin America. She was Chief Executive Officer of MediaVest, based in New York, from 2003 to 2007, and from 2000 to 2002 she was Chief Executive Officer of SMG’s Latin America group. She holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Iowa.

Other Public Company Boards:

Capgemini SE (2019 to 2020)

With her extensive experience as a strategist, consultant and investor working with global marketers, media companies and brands, including serving as Chief Revenue Officer of Publicis Groupe and Global Chief Executive Officer of SMG, Ms. Desmond brings to the Board a deep expertise in global media and marketing technology organizations, leadership capabilities and business acumen. In addition, her present and past service on other boards gives her valuable knowledge and perspective. As an expert in the marketing space, Ms. Desmond speaks frequently with Adobe’s management outside of scheduled board meetings to provide specific insight regarding Adobe’s Digital Experience business.

Shantanu Narayen Chairman

Committees: None

Biography: Age: 57

Director since 2007.

Mr. Narayen currently serves as our President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. He joined Adobe in January 1998 as Vice President and General Manager of our engineering technology group. In January 1999, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Worldwide Products, and in March 2001 he was promoted to Executive Vice President, Worldwide Product Marketing and Development. In January 2005, Mr. Narayen was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, and effective December 2007, he was appointed our Chief Executive Officer and joined our Board. In January 2017, he was named our Chairman of the Board. Mr. Narayen holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Osmania University in India, a M.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Chairman since 2017.

Other Public Company Boards:

Pfizer, Inc. (lead independent director)

As our President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board and as an Adobe employee for more than 20 years, Mr. Narayen brings to the Board extensive leadership and industry experience, including a deep knowledge and understanding of our business, operations and employees, the opportunities and risks faced by Adobe, and management’s current and future strategy and plans. In addition, his service on other boards gives him a strong understanding of his role as a director and a broad perspective on key industry issues and corporate governance matters.

Kathleen Oberg

Committees: Audit (chair), Nominating and Governance

Biography: Age: 60

Director since 2019.

Ms. Oberg currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Marriott International, Inc. Beginning in 2013 and until January 2016, Ms. Oberg served as Chief Financial Officer for Ritz-Carlton. From 2008 until she joined Ritz-Carlton in 2013, Ms. Oberg served as Marriott’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Development Finance and from 2006 to 2008, she served as Marriott’s Senior Vice President, International Project Finance and Asset Management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and as the senior finance executive for the region. Ms. Oberg’s career with Marriott began in 1999 where she served as a member of its Investor Relations group. Prior to initially joining Marriott in 1999, Ms. Oberg held various financial leadership positions with Sodexo, Sallie Mae, Goldman Sachs and Chase Manhattan Bank. Ms. Oberg holds a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in Finance/Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and an M.B.A from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

As a result of her position at Marriott and her past service in financial leadership positions, Ms. Oberg brings to the Board financial expertise, including an in-depth knowledge of financial reporting rules and regulations, and accounting principles. Her deep understanding of the multifaceted financial and operational issues affecting large global organizations and leadership experience with development projects and merger and acquisition opportunities brings the Board and Audit Committee valuable insight into preparing long-range plans, annual budgets, and capital allocation strategy.

Dheeraj Pandey

Committees: Audit

Biography:

Mr. Pandey is the Chairman and CEO of DevRev, Inc., a SaaS company that is focused on using AI and design to automate software and customer engineering workflows. Previously, he co-founded Nutanix in 2009 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and as the Chairman of its board of directors until December 2020. Mr. Pandey also served as the President of Nutanix from September 2009 until February 2016. Between September 2007 and September 2009, he served as VP (and Director) of Engineering at Teradata Corporation (fka Aster Data Systems), a data warehousing company. Prior to Teradata, Mr. Pandey served in software engineering roles at Oracle Corporation, Zambeel, Inc., and

Age: 45

Director since 2019.

Trilogy Software, Inc. Mr. Pandey holds a B.Tech. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a Graduate Fellow of Computer Science in the University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. program.

Other Public Company

Boards:

Nutanix. Inc. (2009 to 2020)

With his experience in the technology industry as a global executive leader and technologist, including co-founding and serving as CEO and Chairman of DevRev and Nutanix and as a software engineer at various companies over the course of nearly 20 years, Mr. Pandey brings to the Board engineering expertise, financial acumen, an in-depth understanding of the technology landscape, and valuable insight on growing a company from a start-up to a publicly traded company.

David Ricks

Committees: Executive Compensation

Biography: Age: 53

Director since 2018.

Other Public Company Boards:

Mr. Ricks currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Eli Lilly and Company and became Chairman of the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in June 2017. Prior to January 2017, Mr. Ricks served as President of Lilly Bio-Medicines. From 2009 to 2012, he served as President of Lilly USA, the Eli Lilly and Company’s largest affiliate. Mr. Ricks served as President and General Manager of Lilly China, operating in one of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets, from 2008 to 2009. He was general manager of Lilly Canada from 2005 to 2008, after roles as Director of Pharmaceutical Marketing and National Sales Director in Canada. Mr. Ricks joined Eli Lilly and Company in 1996 as a Business Development Associate and held several management roles in U.S. marketing and sales before moving to Lilly Canada. Mr. Ricks earned a B.S. from Purdue University in 1990 and an M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1996.

Eli Lilly and Company (Chair)

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a large, innovation-focused, global company, Mr. Ricks brings to the Board executive leadership, marketing, sales and financial expertise, business acumen and relevant worldwide operational insight.

Elanco Animal Health, Inc. (2018 to 2019)

Daniel Rosensweig

Committees: Audit

Biography:

Mr. Rosensweig is currently President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the board of directors of Chegg.com, an online textbook rental company. Prior to joining Chegg.com in February 2010, Mr. Rosensweig served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RedOctane, a business unit of Activision Publishing, a developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Prior to joining RedOctane in March 2009, Mr. Rosensweig was an Operating Principal at the Quadrangle Group, a private investment firm. Prior to joining the Quadrangle Group in August 2007, Mr. Rosensweig served as Chief Operating Officer of Yahoo!, which he joined in April 2002. Prior to joining

Age: 59

Director since 2009.

Other Public Company Boards:

Yahoo!, Mr. Rosensweig was President of CNET Networks, Inc., an interactive media company, which he joined in October 2000. Mr. Rosensweig served for 18 years with Ziff-Davis, an integrated media and marketing services company, including roles as President and Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary ZDNet, from 1997 until 2000 when ZDNet was acquired by CNET. Mr. Rosensweig holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hobart College.

Chegg, Inc.

Time Inc. (2017 to 2018)

As a result of his current executive position at Chegg.com, as well as his former positions as a senior executive at global media and technology organizations, Mr. Rosensweig provides the Board with extensive and relevant executive leadership, worldwide operations and technology industry experience.

John Warnock Co-Founder

Committees: None

Biography:

Dr. Warnock was a founder of Adobe and was our Chairman of the Board from April 1989 to January 2017. From September 1997 to January 2017, he shared the position of Chairman with Dr. Geschke. Dr. Warnock served as our Chief Executive Officer from 1982 until December 2000. From December 2000 until his retirement in March 2001, Dr. Warnock served as our Chief Technical Officer. Dr. Warnock holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Mathematics, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Utah.

As a co-founder of Adobe and its former Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technical Officer,

Independence of Directors

As required by the Nasdaq listing standards, a majority of the members of our Board must qualify as “independent,” as affirmatively determined by our Board. Our Board consults with our legal counsel to ensure that its determinations are consistent with all relevant securities and other laws and regulations regarding the definition of “independent,” including those set forth in the applicable Nasdaq listing standards. In addition, in making its determination, the Board considers any arms-length transactions made in the ordinary course between Adobe and certain related entities, for instance the purchase from Adobe of software products and services by companies of which a director is an executive officer.

After review of all relevant transactions and relationships between each director, any of their family members, Adobe, our executive officers, and our independent registered public accounting firm, the Board has affirmatively determined that a majority of our Board is comprised of independent directors. Our current independent directors are: Ms. Banse, Ms. Boulden, Mr. Calderoni, Mr. Daley, Ms. Desmond, Ms. Oberg, Mr. Pandey, Mr. Ricks, Mr. Rosensweig, and Dr. Warnock. During his term of service in fiscal year 2020, Dr. Geschke was also determined to be an independent director.

Board Leadership Structure

Each year, our Board evaluates whether its leadership structure is appropriate to effectively address the specific needs of our business and the long-term interests of our stockholders. Given the dynamic and competitive environment in which Adobe operates, the Board believes that Adobe and our stockholders are best served by a Chairman who has broad and deep knowledge of Adobe’s business operations and the competitive landscape, the ability to identify strategic issues, and the vision to create sustainable long-term value for stockholders. Based on these considerations, the Board has determined that, at this time, our Chief Executive Officer, Shantanu Narayen, is the director best qualified to serve in the role of Chairman. The Board believes that Mr. Narayen’s combined role enables decisive leadership, ensures clear accountability and enhances the Board’s ability to focus its meetings on the issues most critical to Adobe’s success, as well as Adobe’s ability to communicate its message and strategy clearly and consistently to its stockholders, employees, and customers.

To maintain an appropriate level of independent checks and balances, our Corporate Governance Guidelines provide that if the Chairman of the Board and the Chief Executive Officer are the same person, the independent members of

Age: 80

and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Warnock has experience growing Adobe from a start-up to

Director since 1983.

a large publicly traded company. His nearly 20 years of executive and technological

leadership at Adobe provide the Board with significant leadership, operations and

Other Public Company

technology experience, as well as important perspectives on innovation, management

Boards:

development, and global challenges and opportunities. As former Co-Chairman of the

Salon Media Group, Inc.

Board and Chairman of the board of Salon, Dr. Warnock has a strong understanding of his

role as a director and a broad perspective on key industry issues and corporate governance

(2001 to 2017)

matters.

the Board will annually select an independent director to serve in a lead capacity, who we refer to as our Lead Director. Our Board believes that there are advantages to having a Lead Director for matters such as communications and relations among our Board, the Chief Executive Officer, and other members of senior management and in assisting our Board in reaching consensus on particular strategies and policies. The independent members of our Board have selected Frank Calderoni to serve as Lead Director.

Our Lead Director coordinates the activities of the other independent directors and has the following additional responsibilities, as outlined in a Lead Director Charter adopted by the Board and available on our website at http://www.adobe.com/investor-relations/governance.html:

  • • presiding at all meetings of the Board at which the Chairman is not present, including executive sessions of the independent directors;

  • • working to optimize Board performance through regular feedback that ensures that diverse viewpoints of all directors are heard, and creating a climate of constructive candor in which frank and thoughtful discussion occurs;

  • • meeting with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to discuss Board agendas, materials, and the schedule of meetings;

  • • calling meetings of the independent directors, as needed;

  • • retain outside advisors and consultants who report directly to the Board on board-wide issues, as needed;

  • • providing feedback to directors in connection with the periodic Board evaluation process;

  • • administering, with the Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee, the Board’s evaluation of the performance of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and

  • • making himself available for communication with Adobe’s significant stockholders.

Our Board believes that stockholders are best served by the Board’s current leadership structure because it provides Adobe with the benefits of combining the leadership role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, while at the same time featuring a strong and empowered independent Lead Director who provides an effective independent voice and further enhances the contributions of our independent directors.

Fiscal Year 2020 Board and Committee Meetings

During fiscal year 2020, our Board held six meetings, and its three standing committees – Audit Committee, Executive Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee – collectively held 20 meetings. Each director attended at least 75% of the meetings of the Board and the committees on which such director served in fiscal year 2020. Members of our Board are encouraged to attend our annual meetings of stockholders. All ten of the Board members then serving on our Board attended our 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (“2020 Annual Meeting”).

The following table sets forth the number of meetings held by our Board and the committees during fiscal year 2020:

Name

Board

Audit

Executive Compensation

Nominating and

Governance

Number of meetings held in fiscal year 2020

6

8

8

4

Committees of the Board

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee’s role includes assisting the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities related to the oversight of our financial, accounting, and reporting processes; our system of internal accounting and financial controls; our enterprise risk management program; and our compliance with related legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements. The Audit Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • • the appointment, compensation, engagement, evaluation, retention, termination, and services of our independent registered public accounting firm, including conducting a review of its independence;

  • • reviewing and approving the planned scope of our annual audit;

  • • overseeing our independent registered public accounting firm’s audit work;

  • • reviewing and pre-approving any audit and non-audit services that may be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm;

  • • reviewing with management and our independent registered public accounting firm the adequacy of our internal financial and disclosure controls;

  • • reviewing our critical accounting policies, critical audit matters and the application of accounting principles;

  • • monitoring the rotation of partners of our independent registered public accounting firm on our audit engagement team as required by regulation;

  • • reviewing our policies and practices with respect to swaps transactions;

  • • overseeing Adobe’s worldwide investment policy;

  • • overseeing the performance of our internal audit function;

  • • establishing procedures, as required under applicable regulation, for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by us regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters, and the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;

  • • reviewing relevant elements of Adobe’s enterprise risk management program, including reviewing and discussing with management the adequacy and effectiveness of the company’s information and technology security policies and the internal controls regarding information and technology security, cybersecurity, and privacy; and

  • • reviewing our annual audited financial statements and quarterly financial statements with management and our independent registered public accounting firm.

The Audit Committee has the authority to obtain independent advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting and other advisors, at Adobe’s expense. See “Report of the Audit Committee” contained in this proxy statement.

Each member of the Audit Committee meets the independence criteria prescribed by applicable regulations and the rules of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for audit committee membership and is an “independent director” within the meaning of applicable Nasdaq listing standards. Each Audit Committee member meets Nasdaq’s financial sophistication requirements, and the Board has further determined that each Audit Committee member is an “audit committee financial expert” as such term is defined in Item 407(d) of Regulation S-K promulgated by the SEC. The Audit Committee acts pursuant to a written charter, which complies with the applicable provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related rules of the SEC and Nasdaq, a copy of which can be found on our website at http://www.adobe.com/ investor-relations/governance.html.

Nominating and Governance Committee

The Nominating and Governance Committee’s primary purpose is to evaluate candidates for membership on our Board and make recommendations to our Board regarding corporate governance matters and candidates for director. The committee also:

  • • makes recommendations with respect to the composition and diversity of our Board and its committees;

  • • reviews and makes recommendations regarding the functioning of our Board as an entity;

  • • recommends corporate governance principles applicable to Adobe;

  • • manages periodic review, discussion, and evaluation of the performance of our Board, its committees, and its members;

  • • assesses the independence of our directors;

  • • reviews and approves or disapproves any related-person transaction as defined under Item 404 of Regulation S-K, after examining each such transaction for potential conflicts of interest and other improprieties; and

  • • reviews the board memberships of other entities held by members of the Board and approves such memberships for our executive officers.

If requested by the Board, the Nominating and Governance Committee also may assist our Board in reviewing and assessing management development and succession planning for our executive officers. The Nominating and Governance Committee has the authority to obtain independent advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting, and other advisors, at Adobe’s expense. The members of our Nominating and Governance Committee are all independent directors within the meaning of applicable Nasdaq listing standards. The Nominating and Governance Committee operates pursuant to a written charter, a copy of which can be found on our website at http://www.adobe.com/investor-relations/ governance.html.

In carrying out its function to nominate candidates for election to our Board, the Nominating and Governance Committee considers the criteria, attributes, and experience discussed above in “Our Board of Directors.” In reviewing potential candidates, the Nominating and Governance Committee will also consider all relationships between any proposed nominee and any of Adobe’s stockholders, competitors, customers, suppliers, or other persons with a relationship to Adobe. In addition, the Nominating and Governance Committee believes it is appropriate for at least one member of our Audit Committee to meet the criteria for an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by SEC rules, that each member of our Executive Compensation Committee be a “non-employee director” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), and that a majority of the members of our Board meet the definition of “independent director” within the meaning of applicable Nasdaq listing standards.

The Nominating and Governance Committee, from time to time, retains for a fee one or more third-party search firms to identify suitable candidates.

The Nominating and Governance Committee considers stockholder recommendations for candidates for the Board. The name of any recommended candidate for director, together with a brief biographical sketch, a document indicating the candidate’s willingness to serve if elected, and evidence of the recommending stockholder’s ownership of company stock must be sent to the attention of our Corporate Secretary. In August 2016, the Board amended our Bylaws to implement proxy access. Under Article III, Section 6 of our Bylaws, a stockholder (or group of up to twenty stockholders) owning at least three percent of Adobe’s outstanding shares of common stock continuously for at least three years may nominate and include in our annual meeting proxy materials director nominees constituting up to the greater of two directors or twenty percent of the Board, provided the stockholders and nominees satisfy the requirements specified in our Bylaws. In addition to proxy access nominations, any of our stockholders may nominate one or more persons for election as a director at our annual meeting of stockholders. In either case, a stockholder who wishes to formally nominate a candidate must comply with the notice, information and consent provisions contained in our Bylaws, including that the notice must include information required pursuant to Section 14 of the Exchange Act. Our Bylaws specify additional requirements if stockholders wish to nominate directors at special meetings of stockholders. The Nominating and Governance Committee will consider all candidatesidentified through the processes described above, and will evaluate each candidate, including incumbents, based on the same criteria.

Executive Compensation Committee

The Executive Compensation Committee sets and administers the policies that govern, and reviews and approves, all compensation of our executive officers, including cash, equity, and other compensation programs. The Executive Compensation Committee is also responsible for making recommendations to the Board concerning Board and committee compensation, as well as overseeing matters related to human capital management, including the Company’s diversity and inclusion programs. The Executive Compensation Committee may also review and approve equity-based compensation grants to our non-executive officer employees and consultants; however, restricted stock unit grants to our non-executive officer employees are generally approved by a Management Committee for Employee Equity Awards appointed by the Board and currently consisting of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief People Officer & Executive Vice President, Employee Experience within parameters established by the Executive Compensation Committee. See “Granting Guidelines for Equity Compensation” and “Compensation-Setting Governance and Process” under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” for additional information. The Chief Executive Officer is also authorized, in his capacity as a member of the Board, to approve the assumption of outstanding equity awards in acquisitions, new hire and retention restricted stock unit grants to non-executive officer employees, and restricted stock unit grants to consultants. In addition, the Executive Compensation Committee reviews our stock ownership guidelines for directors and the executive leadership team, which are described below in “Compensation Discussion and Analysis-Equity-Related Policies-Stock Ownership Guidelines.”

The Executive Compensation Committee is also responsible for oversight of our overall compensation plans and benefit programs, as well as the approval of all employment, severance, and change of control agreements and plans applicable to our executive officers. In connection with this oversight, the Executive Compensation Committee reviews and approves annual performance objectives and goals relevant to our executive officers. The Executive Compensation Committee oversees all matters related to stockholder approval of executive compensation, including the advisory vote on named executive officer compensation, and evaluates the risk-taking incentives and risk management of our compensation policies and practices. The Executive Compensation Committee has the authority to obtain independent advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting, and other advisors, at Adobe’s expense. The Executive Compensation Committee assesses the independence and any potential conflicts of interest of compensation advisors in accordance with applicable law and Nasdaq listing standards. The members of the Executive Compensation Committee are all independent directors within the meaning of applicable Nasdaq listing standards, and all of the members are “non-employee directors” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act. The Executive Compensation Committee acts pursuant to a written charter, a copy of which can be found on our website at http://www.adobe.com/investor-relations/governance.html.

Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

There are no members of our Executive Compensation Committee who were officers or employees of Adobe or any of our subsidiaries during fiscal year 2020. No members were formerly officers of Adobe or had any relationship otherwise requiring disclosure hereunder. During fiscal year 2020, no interlocking relationships existed between any of our executive officers or members of our Board or Executive Compensation Committee, on the one hand, and the executive officers or members of the board of directors or compensation committee of any other entity, on the other hand.

Transactions with Related Persons

Review, Approval, or Ratification of Transactions with Related Persons

Pursuant to its written charter, the Nominating and Governance Committee considers and approves or disapproves any related person transaction as defined under Item 404 of Regulation S-K, after examining each such transaction for potential conflicts of interest and other improprieties. The Nominating and Governance Committee has not adopted any specific written procedures for conducting such reviews and considers each transaction in light of the specific facts and circumstances presented.

Transactions with Related Persons

Since the beginning of fiscal year 2020, there have not been any transactions, nor are there any currently proposed transactions, in which Adobe was or is to be a participant, where the amount involved exceeded $120,000, and in which any related person had or will have a direct or indirect material interest. As is the case with most multinational corporations, from time to time in the ordinary course of business we engage in arms-length transactions with companies in which members of the Board or our executive team have professional relationships.

Communications with the Board

Any stockholder who desires to contact our Board, or specific members of our Board, may do so electronically by sending an email to the following address: [email protected]. Alternatively, a stockholder may contact our Board, or specific members of our Board, by writing to:

Stockholder Communications

Adobe Inc.

345 Park Avenue

San Jose, California 95110, USA

All such communications will be initially received and processed by the office of our Corporate Secretary.

Accounting, audit, internal accounting controls and other financial matters will be referred to the Chair of the Audit Committee. Other matters will be referred to the Board, the non-employee directors or individual directors as appropriate.

Corporate Governance Guidelines & Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

Corporate Governance Guidelines

We believe in sound corporate governance practices and have adopted formal Corporate Governance Guidelines to enhance our effectiveness. Our Board adopted these Corporate Governance Guidelines in order to ensure that it has the necessary practices in place to review and evaluate our business operations as needed and to make decisions that are independent of our management. The Corporate Governance Guidelines set forth the practices our Board follows with respect to Board and committee composition and selection, Board meetings, Chief Executive Officer performance evaluation, and management development and succession planning for senior management, including the Chief Executive Officer position. A copy of our Corporate Governance Guidelines is available on our website at http://www.adobe.com/investor-relations/governance.html.

Code of Business Conduct

We have also adopted a Code of Business Conduct applicable to all directors, officers, and employees of Adobe as required by applicable Nasdaq listing standards. This Code of Business Conduct is publicly available on our website at http://www.adobe.com/company/integrity.html. There were no waivers of the Code of Business Conduct for any of our directors or executive officers during fiscal year 2020.

Code of Ethics

We adopted a Code of Ethics applicable to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller, Treasurer and certain other finance department executives, which is a “code of ethics” as defined by applicable SEC rules. The Code of Ethics is publicly available on our website at http://www.adobe.com/investor-relations/governance.html. If we make any amendments to the Code of Ethics other than technical, administrative, or other non-substantive amendments, or grant any waivers, including implicit waivers, from a provision of this Code of Ethics to our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller, Treasurer, or certain other finance department executives, we will disclose the nature of the amendment or waiver, its effective date, and to whom it applies, on our website at http://www.adobe.com/company/integrity.html or in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC. There were no waivers of the Code of Ethics during fiscal year 2020.

The Board’s Role in Risk Oversight

Risk assessment and oversight are an integral part of our governance and management processes. Our Board takes an active role in reviewing Adobe’s corporate strategy and priorities on an ongoing basis, and also encourages management to promote a culture that actively manages risks as a part of Adobe’s corporate strategy and day-to-day business operations. Management discusses strategic and operational risks at regular management meetings, and conducts specific strategic planning and review sessions during the year that include a focused discussion and analysis of the risks facing Adobe. Throughout the year, senior management reviews these risks with the Board at regular Board and committee meetings as part of management presentations that focus on particular business functions, operations, or strategies, and presents the steps taken by management to mitigate such risks. The Board regularly provides management with input on these risks and mitigation steps.

Our Board administers this oversight function directly through the Board as a whole, as well as through various standing committees of the Board that address risks inherent in their respective areas of oversight. In particular, our Board is responsible for monitoring and assessing strategic risk exposure, and our Audit Committee has the responsibility to oversee our major cyber-security, privacy, information security, and financial risk exposures and the steps our management has taken to monitor and control these exposures, as well as oversight of our enterprise risk management program. The Audit Committee also monitors compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and oversees the performance of our internal audit function and of our independent registered public accounting firm. Our Nominating and Governance Committee monitors the effectiveness of our Corporate Governance Guidelines and approves or disapproves any related-persons transactions. Our Executive Compensation Committee assesses and monitors whether any of our compensation policies and programs has the potential to encourage excessive risk-taking, which determination is reviewed by our Audit Committee.

Risk Analysis of Performance-Based Compensation Plans

Our Executive Compensation Committee believes that our employee compensation programs do not encourage excessive and unnecessary risk-taking that would be reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on Adobe. The Executive Compensation Committee oversaw the performance of a risk assessment of our compensation programs as generally applicable to our employees to ascertain any potential material risks that may be created by our compensation programs. The Executive Compensation Committee considered the findings of the assessment conducted internally and concluded that our compensation programs are designed and administered with the appropriate balance of risk and reward in relation to our overall business strategy and do not encourage employees to take unnecessary or excessive risks, and that the level of risk that they might encourage is not reasonably likely to materially harm our business or financial condition, after considering mitigating controls.

Although the majority of target total direct compensation provided to our executive officers is incentive based, the Executive Compensation Committee believes that our executive compensation programs have been designed with appropriate controls and other mitigating measures to prevent excessive and unnecessary risk taking. Incentive-based employee compensation programs typically make up a smaller percentage of our other employees’ overall compensation and therefore provide less motivation for risk taking. The design of these compensation programs is intended to encourage our employees to remain focused on both short- and long-term operational and financial goals of the company in several key respects:

  • • While our Executive Annual Incentive Plan for fiscal year 2020 continued to focus on the achievement of bookings and recurring revenue targets, it added revenue and profitability metrics to the calculation of the Financial Performance Result, incentivizing disciplined growth and expense management. As in prior years, the Executive Annual Incentive Plan also included an individual performance component with objectives for many of our executives relating to strategic objectives. The amended and restated Executive Annual Incentive Plan adopted on June 5, 2020, described under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis”, also capped the Financial Performance Result at 110%, down from 125%, limiting any incentives for unnecessary risk taking.

  • • Our Performance Share Program is based on Adobe’s total stockholder return (“TSR”) over a three-year period relative to the companies in the Nasdaq 100 Index, rewarding sustained, measurable performance over a three-year period. In the event Adobe’s TSR places in the bottom 25% relative to the companies in the Nasdaq 100

Index, no shares will be awarded, meaning our executives will be rewarded only when Adobe’s stock is performing adequately relative to the market.

  • • Our system of internal controls over financial reporting, standards of business conduct and compliance programs, among other things, reduce the likelihood of manipulation of our financial performance to enhance payments under our bonus and sales compensation plans.

  • • Our performance-based plans include a 200% cap on the target awards. We believe this cap limits the incentive for excessive risk-taking by our executives.

  • • For our employees below the vice president level, equity incentive awards are solely in the form of restricted stock units (“RSUs”) that vest over four years. Annual equity incentive awards for our executive officers and certain senior employees for fiscal year 2020 and 2021 include RSUs that vest 25% upon the one-year anniversary of the vesting commencement date, and 6.25% quarterly thereafter and performance shares that vest 100% after a three-year cliff, providing strong employee retention incentives and encouraging executive officers and such other employees to focus on sustained stock price appreciation over the long term. Generally, stock options are not granted to members of our Board, our executive officers, or any other employees.

  • • Our officers at the senior vice president level and above are all subject to, and in compliance with, our stock ownership guidelines, described under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis-Equity-Related Policies-Stock Ownership Guidelines,” which encourage a robust level of stock ownership aligning our executives’ long-term interests with those of our stockholders.

  • • Our Insider Trading Policy prohibits all employees and officers from pledging shares, engaging in short sales or hedging transactions involving Adobe’s securities.

  • • We have a clawback policy for performance-based incentive compensation of our executive officers.

Board Evaluation

On a regular basis, we engage an outside advisor to conduct a comprehensive Board self-evaluation to assess the effectiveness of our Board, committees and members. The process is facilitated by an independent third party to preserve integrity and anonymity of the Board members and company’s senior executives. The evaluation process facilitator meets with each director and some of the company’s senior executives individually to obtain and compile responses to the evaluation, which includes feedback from Board members on other Board members, for review by the Board and senior executives of the company.

The Board and senior executives of the company then review and discuss the evaluation results and any actions to be taken as a result of the discussion. The results are used to inform Board and committee composition and refreshment, including expansion and refinement of the attributes and experience criteria for Board membership, and to address the evolving needs of the company. The evaluation aims (1) to find opportunities where our Board and committees can improve their performance and effectiveness, (2) to assess any need to evolve the composition and expertise of our Board, and (3) to assure that our Board and committees are operating in accordance with our Corporate Governance Guidelines and committee charters.

Director Compensation for Fiscal Year 2020

The following table sets forth certain information with respect to compensation awarded to, paid to, or earned by each of Adobe’s non-employee directors during fiscal year 2020. As an employee director, Mr. Narayen does not receive compensation for service as a director.

Fees Earned or Paid in Cash(2)(3)(4)Stock

Awards(5)(6)

Option AwardsName

($)

($)

($)Total ($)

Charles M. Geschke(1) ……………………………………….. $ John E. Warnock …………………………………………………. Amy L. Banse ……………………………………………………….. Melanie Boulden(1) ……………………………………………. Frank A. Calderoni …………………………………………….. James E. Daley …………………………………………………….. Laura B. Desmond …………………………………………….. Kathleen Oberg ………………………………………………….. Dheeraj Pandey ………………………………………………….. David A. Ricks ………………………………………………………. Daniel L. Rosensweig ……………………………………….. _________________________

60,000

294,479 – 354,479

7,212

148,008 – 155,220

97,996

294,479 – 392,475

99,205

294,479 – 393,684

75,000

294,479 – 369,479

Nominating and

Audit Executive GovernanceAnnual BoardCommittee

RetainersName

($)

Fees ($)

Compensation Committee Fees

Committee

($)

Fees ($)Total ($)

Dr. Geschke* ………………………………. $ Dr. Warnock ……………………………….. Ms. Banse …………………………………….. Ms. Boulden ……………………………. Mr. Calderoni …………………………. Mr. Daley …………………………………. Ms. Desmond …………………………….. Ms. Oberg ………………………………… Mr. Pandey ………………………………….. Mr. Ricks ………………………………………. Mr. Rosensweig …………………………

60,000

5,769

77,995

60,000

60,000

  • – $ – – – 14,396 12,803 – 32,803 20,000 – 20,000

  • – $ – 30,000

  • – 60,000

1,443 7,212

– – 15,000 – – 15,000 –

  • 7,198 97,996

6,402 99,205

  • – 75,000

    • 21,759 $

    $

    • $ 21,759

    • 100,000

      294,479 – 394,479

      122,804

      294,479 – 417,283

      (1)

      Dr. Geschke retired from the Board effective on April 9, 2020 and Ms. Boulden joined the Board effective October 2,

      2020.

      (2)

      Director fees were paid at the end of the quarter for which services were provided.

      (3)

      The table below provides a breakdown of the annual retainers and committee fees earned or paid in cash:

    • – $ 21,759

    • 60,000

      • 10,000 100,000

      • 92,006

      • 16,402 122,804

      • 60,000

  • – 80,000

  • 60,000

  • – 80,000

*Annual board retainer and committee fees are prorated for Dr. Geschke as he retired from the Board effective on April 9, 2020.

Annual board retainer fees and Executive Compensation Committee fees for Ms. Boulden are prorated as she joined the Board and the Executive Compensation Committee on October 2, 2020. Annual board retainer fees and Committee fees have also been adjusted for Mr. Calderoni, Mr. Daley, and Ms. Oberg due to changes in Lead Director and Committee memberships – Mr. Calderoni was named Lead Director, removed from the Audit Committee and added as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee; Mr. Daley stepped down as Lead Director, was removed from the Nominating and Governance Committee and joined the Audit Committee; and Ms. Oberg joined the Nominating and Governance Committee and was named Chair of the Audit Committee. Each change listed above was effective as of April 9, 2020.

(4)

Ms. Boulden, Mr. Calderoni, Mr. Daley, Ms. Desmond, and Mr. Pandey each deferred all cash fees pursuant to Adobe’s Deferred Compensation Plan and Ms. Oberg deferred 75% of cash fees. For more information on this plan, see “Deferred Compensation Plan” below.

(5)

On April 10, 2020, each non-employee director then sitting on the Board received an RSU grant per the terms of the Board’s 2019-2020 Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, as described below. Ms. Banse, Mr. Calderoni, Mr. Daley, Ms. Oberg and Mr. Pandey each elected to defer 100% of their RSU awards granted in 2020 pursuant to Adobe’s Deferred Compensation Plan. For more information on this plan, see “Deferred Compensation Plan” below.

(6)

These amounts do not reflect the actual economic value realized by the director for these awards. In accordance with SEC rules, this column reflects the grant date fair value computed in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718 Compensation – Stock Compensation, disregarding estimates of forfeitures related to service-based vesting conditions. Ms. Boulden received 309 shares with a value of $478.99 per share as of October 2, 2020 for joining our Board, which remained unvested at 2020 fiscal year-end. Other non-employee directors received their annual equity award of 924 RSUs with a value of $318.70 per share as of April 10, 2020. At 2020 fiscal year end, each non-employee director other than Ms. Boulden held a total of 924 unvested RSUs.

Compensation Philosophy

The general philosophy of our Board is that compensation for non-employee directors should be a mix of cash, payable quarterly, and equity-based compensation to reward them for a year of service in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities. Adobe does not compensate its management director (our Chief Executive Officer) for Board service in addition to his regular employee compensation.

Decisions regarding the non-employee director compensation program are approved by our full Board based on recommendations by the Executive Compensation Committee. In making such recommendations, the Committee evaluates the appropriate level and form of compensation for non-employee directors and considers potential changes, if any. The Executive Compensation Committee considers advice from Compensia, when appropriate, including consideration of the director compensation practices of peer companies. The Executive Compensation Committee also considers the extent to which our Board compensation practices align with the interests of our stockholders. Our Board reviews the Executive Compensation Committee’s recommendations and then determines the amount of non-employee director compensation.

The Executive Compensation Committee reviews the total compensation of our non-employee directors and each element of our director compensation program. At the Executive Compensation Committee’s direction, Compensia analyzes the competitive position of our director compensation program against the peer group used to benchmark executive compensation and examines how director compensation levels, practices, and design features compare to members of the peer group.

While the annual equity award value for non-employee directors for fiscal year 2020 was $285,000, following a review with Compensia of peer company board compensation trends in October 2020, the Executive Compensation Committee recommended, and our Board approved, a Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy for fiscal years 2021 and 2022, which increases the equity annual award value for non-employee directors from $285,000 to $300,000. On a per-director basis, our cash compensation for non-employee directors remains near the peer median and our equity compensation for non-employee directors is near the peer 75th percentile, which is in line with our target positioning.

Fees Earned or Paid in Cash

Our Board approved the 2019 and 2020 Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, effective December 1, 2018. Under the policy, each non-employee director received an annual retainer of $60,000 and our Lead Director received an additional Lead Director annual retainer of $50,000, plus committee fees for each committee on which he or she served, as follows:

Chair

Members

Committee

($)

($)

Audit ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

40,000

20,000

Executive Compensation ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

30,000

15,000

Nominating and Governance …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

20,000

10,000

The committee fees for 2020 were consistent with the prior year and remain unchanged in the Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy for fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

Equity Awards

The 2019 and 2020 Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy included an annual grant of RSUs to non-employee directors. The RSUs granted to each non-employee director vested 100% on the day immediately preceding our annual meeting of stockholders that followed the grant date. The annual award was valued at $285,000 (based on the estimated value on the date of grant), and was converted into a number of RSUs based on the average closing market price over the 30 calendar days ending the day prior to the grant date. New directors joining our Board between annual meetings receive a pro-rated annual grant of RSUs. Non-employee directors receive no other equity awards or compensation.

If a non-employee director’s service terminates due to death or disability, the director will be given credit for an additional 12 months of service for the vesting of both RSUs and stock options, and stock options will remain exercisable for one year following the termination or until the expiration of the stock option, if earlier.

In the event of a change of control, any unvested portion of RSUs will become vested in full immediately prior to the effective date of a change of control and any unvested portion of a non-employee director option will become fully vested and exercisable as of immediately prior to the transaction resulting in a change of control, subject to the consummation of the change of control. If the stock option is not assumed or substituted by the acquiring company, it will terminate to the extent it is not exercised on or before the date of such a transaction.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Our Deferred Compensation Plan allows non-employee directors to defer from 5% up to 100% of their cash compensation, which amounts are deemed invested in the investment funds selected by the director from the same fund options as generally available in Adobe’s 401(k) Plan (other than the individual direct brokerage account and Retirement Savings Trust). Participants may also contribute 100% per vesting tranche of their RSU awards. Deferred Compensation Plan participants must elect irrevocably to receive the deferred funds on a specified date at least three years in the future or at termination in the form of a lump sum or annual installments subject to the terms of the plan. Payments of equity deferrals may only be made in the form of a lump sum. Ms. Boulden, Mr. Calderoni, Mr. Daley, Ms. Desmond, and Mr. Pandey participated in the Deferred Compensation Plan with respect to 100% of their respective retainers and committee fees for their services in fiscal year 2020 and Ms. Oberg deferred 75% of her retainer and committee fees. Ms. Banse, Mr. Calderoni, Mr. Daley, Ms. Oberg, and Mr. Pandey elected to defer 100% of their RSU awards granted in 2020. See “Executive Compensation-Nonqualified Deferred Compensation” in this proxy statement for more information regarding our Deferred Compensation Plan.

Expenses

We reimburse our non-employee directors for their reasonable travel and related expenses in connection with attending Board and committee meetings, as well as costs and expenses incurred in attending director education programs and other Adobe-related seminars and conferences.

Other Benefits

Consistent with prior years, in fiscal year 2020, our founders, Drs. Geschke and Warnock, were offered an opportunity to purchase certain Adobe health, dental, and vision insurance. Participants were responsible for paying 100% of their own insurance premiums.

Stock Ownership Guidelines

We have adopted stock ownership guidelines for members of our Board. Under these guidelines, each non-employee director should hold 50% of the net shares acquired from Adobe until the total number of shares held by such non-employee director equals or exceeds (and continues to equal or exceed) the minimum share ownership requirement. Determined annually, the minimum share ownership for a non-employee director is calculated as follows: shares required to equal a value of ten times the annual retainer divided by the average daily closing share price for the 30-days ending on December 31. Once achieved (following all permissible dispositions under the guidelines), this minimum share value ownership threshold should be maintained going forward. Shares that count toward the ownership requirement include shares owned outright and beneficially owned, vested restricted stock, vested RSUs, and shares issued upon the exercise of vested options, as well as vested performance shares or performance units, as applicable, including such shares that have been deferred into our Deferred Compensation Plan. As of November 27, 2020, each of our non-employee directors was in compliance with these guidelines.

Environmental, Social and Governance

Adobe approaches environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance as an integral part of the way we do business. We strive to incorporate ESG principles and practices across everything we do and are proud to earn recognition year after year through accolades such as Fortune’s Great Places to Work, CDP Climate Change A List, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, among many others.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a core value at Adobe. We strive to improve our energy efficiency and achieve a zero-carbon operational footprint; develop digital products designed to enhance the sustainability initiatives of employees and customers; and work with peers, partner organizations, and our own internal teams and employees to foster a culture of sustainability throughout our business and beyond.

We have made significant progress on our goal to be 100% powered by renewable electricity by 2035 through the implementation of a green tariff at our Utah office and by signing a load-matched 100% renewable electricity agreement for our California operations, which will commence in mid-2021. In fiscal year 2020, Adobe furthered its commitment to address climate change by raising our ambition to align to the latest guidance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and working with the Science-Based Target Initiative to develop and set new targets beyond our first Science-Based Targets set in 2016.

We advocate for strong, science-based climate policy in regions where we operate and continue to push for new policies to bring renewable energy to communities where we live and work. Additional information related to sustainability is available at http://www.adobe.com/corporate-responsibility/sustainability.html.

Diversity and Inclusion

Adobe for All is our vision to advance diversity & inclusion across the company. We believe that when people feel appreciated and included, they can be more creative, innovative, and successful. We have a four-pronged strategy to grow diversity by (1) galvanizing youth to pursue technology careers; (2) attracting diverse talent and ensuring fair hiring; (3) creating an inclusive workplace for employees; and (4) joining forces with industry partners.

To help support our employees in fiscal year 2020, we introduced a new, global, mandatory “Building Inclusion on Your Team” learning series to guide employees on the actions they can take to strengthen empathy and inclusion. We developed an allyship program to help employees become active and effective allies, with nearly 900 employees planning to participate in the program in fiscal year 2021. We also formed the “Taking Action Initiative” to accelerate the representation, development and success of Adobe’s Black employees while creating change in the broader landscape of social injustice and economic inequality. We continue to support our seven employee resource groups that build community for employees from underrepresented groups and teach cultural empathy to those outside of the groups. In September 2020, Adobe set aspirational goals to increase representation of women in leadership positions to 30% globally by 2025; to double underrepresented minorities (URM)in leadership positions by 2025; and to double Black representation as a percentage of US employees by 2025. Additional information and diversity metrics are available at www.adobe.com/diversity.

Underrepresented minorities are defined as U.S. employees who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or two or more races.

Employee Parity

We have invested in analysis and transparency to demonstrate our commitment to fair compensation and opportunity by reporting pay and opportunity parity. We first announced that we achieved global gender pay parity in October 2018, and in September 2020 we reaffirmed global gender pay parity and achieved pay parity among URM and non-URM employees in the U.S. Further, Adobe coined the term “opportunity parity” to refer to fairness in promotions and horizontal movement across demographic groups. In fiscal year 2020 we shared promotion and horizontal movement metrics by gender and U.S. URM / non-URM groups.

While we are focused on pay parity and opportunity parity as our strategic metrics for equity across our workforce, we also shared median pay gap metrics. As of February 1, 2020, Adobe’s unadjusted global median pay for women was 98.8% of the median pay for men.

Accessibility

Adobe has been a longtime champion for accessibility and the disabled community, in our products, our company, and our communities. We are a member of The Valuable 500, were recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion in DisabilityIN’s 2020 Disability Inclusion Index, and have had longstanding involvement with the W3C’s WCAG guidelines for accessibility. We have incorporated inclusive design principles across our products to make them more accessible, including Liquid Mode in Document Cloud that makes PDFs more readable as well as Adobe Color to help people with colorblindness or other visual color deficiencies.

Materiality Assessment

In 2020, we conducted a comprehensive materiality assessment refresh to align our strategies, programs, and reporting to focus on the issues that matter most to our stakeholders and deliver the greatest social and environmental impact to our communities. Stakeholders engaged in our materiality assessment process included company executives and subject-matter experts, investors, suppliers, partners, corporate peers, NGOs, and think tanks. As a result of this process, we have identified several key areas of opportunity, including diversity, equity and inclusion, environment and climate, creativity for all and digital citizenship, among others.

We publish a Corporate Responsibility report each year and will provide a detailed outline of our ESG performance for fiscal year 2020 in our upcoming report, which we intend to publish in the spring of 2021. Additional information related to ESG is available at http://www.adobe.com/corporate-responsibility.html.

Executive Officers

Named Executive Officers

Shantanu Narayen

See “Director Nominees” above.

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

John Murphy

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Age 52

Mr. Murphy currently serves as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He joined Adobe in March 2017 and served as our Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller until April 2018. Prior to joining Adobe, Mr. Murphy served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller of Qualcomm Incorporated from September 2014 to March 2017. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of DIRECTV Inc. from November 2007 to August 2014, and Vice President and General Auditor of DIRECTV from October 2004 to November 2007. Prior to joining DIRECTV he worked at several global companies, including Experian, Nestle, and Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), in a variety of finance and accounting roles. He served as Director of DirecTV Holdings LLC from November 2007 until August 2014. Mr. Murphy serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, a B.S. in Accounting from Fordham University.

Scott Belsky

Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud

Age 40

Mr. Belsky joined Adobe in December 2017 as Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. Prior to joining Adobe, Belsky was a venture investor at Benchmark in San Francisco from February 2016 to December 2017. Prior to Benchmark, Belsky led Adobe’s mobile strategy for Creative Cloud from December 2012 to January 2016, having joined the company through the acquisition of Behance. Belsky co-founded Behance in 2006 and served as its CEO for over 6 years. He is an early advisor and investor to Pinterest, Uber, Warby Parker and other early-stage companies, and co-founded and serves on the board of Globality, a platform for next generation enterprise procurement. Mr. Belsky serves on the advisory board of Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship Program and as President of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum board of trustees. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Cornell

University.

Anil Chakravarthy

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Experience Business and Worldwide Field Operations

Age 53

Mr. Chakravarthy joined Adobe in January 2020 as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Experience. Prior to joining Adobe, he served as Informatica’s Chief Executive Officer from August 2015 to January 2020 and Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer from September 2013 to August 2015. Prior to joining Informatica, for over nine years, Mr. Chakravarthy held multiple leadership roles at Symantec Corporation, most recently serving as its Executive Vice President, Information Security from February 2013 to September 2013. Prior to Symantec, he was a Director of Product Management for enterprise security services at VeriSign. Mr. Chakravarthy began his career as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. He also serves on the board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Mr. Chakravarthy holds a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India and Master of

Science and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Abhay Parasnis

Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Product Officer, Document Cloud

Age 46

Mr. Parasnis currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Product Officer, Document Cloud. He joined Adobe in July 2015 as Senior Vice President of Adobe’s Cloud Technology & Services organization and Chief Technology Officer and in February 2020, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Growth. Prior to joining Adobe, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Kony, Inc. from March 2013 to March 2015. From January 2012 to November 2013, Mr. Parasnis was a Senior Vice President and later Strategic Advisor for the Oracle Public Cloud at Oracle. Prior to joining Oracle, he was General Manager of Microsoft Azure AppFabric at Microsoft from April 2009 to December 2011. Mr. Parasnis holds a Bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications from the College of

Engineering Pune in India.

Other Executive Officers

Gloria Chen

Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, Employee Experience

Age 56

Ms. Chen joined Adobe in 1997 and currently serves as Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, Employee Experience. In her more than 20 years at Adobe, she has held senior leadership positions in worldwide sales operations, customer service and support, and strategic planning. In October 2009, Ms. Chen was appointed Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer. In March 2018, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth, in November 2019, she was elevated to Executive Vice President, Strategy and Growth and in January 2020, she was promoted to Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, Employee Experience. Prior to joining Adobe, Ms. Chen was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. Ms. Chen holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, an MS in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ann Lewnes

Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development

Age 59

Ms. Lewnes joined Adobe in November 2006 and currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development. Ann has held the position of Chief Marketing Officer for over a decade and since December 2020, she also leads Adobe’s corporate strategy and strategic M&A efforts globally as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development. Prior to joining Adobe, Ms. Lewnes spent 20 years at Intel Corporation, where she was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ms. Lewnes is a board member of Mattel and the Adobe Foundation. She holds a B.S. in International Relations and Journalism from Lehigh University.

Dana Rao

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

Age 51

Mr. Rao currently serves as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. He joined Adobe in April 2012 and served as our Vice President, Intellectual Property and Litigation where he spearheaded strategic initiatives including the company’s litigation efforts, and its patent, trademark and copyright portfolio strategies until June 2018. Prior to joining Adobe, Mr. Rao was with Microsoft Corporation for 11 years, serving in a variety of roles including Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, where he oversaw all patent matters for Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division as well as the company-wide patent acquisition team. From 1997 until March 2001, he served as a patent attorney at Fenwick & West. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Mark Garfield

Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Corporate Controller

Age 50

Mr. Garfield currently serves as our Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Corporate Controller. Prior to joining Adobe in December 2018, Mr. Garfield served as the Vice President of Finance of Cloudflare, Inc. commencing in November 2017. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Symantec Corporation from March 2014 to October 2017. Prior to joining Symantec, he was at Brightstar Corporation where he served primarily as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from January 2013 to February 2014. Mr. Garfield served as Director of Finance at Advanced Micro Devices from August 2010 to December 2012. Prior to Advanced Micro Devices, Mr. Garfield also served in senior level finance roles at LoudCloud and Ernst and Young. Mr. Garfield holds a

B.A. in Business Economics from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Executive Compensation

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis provides information regarding our executive compensation programs during fiscal year 2020 for the following executive officers of Adobe:

John Murphy

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Anil Chakravarthy

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Experience Business and Worldwide Field Operations

These executive officers are referred to in this Compensation Discussion and Analysis and in the accompanying compensation tables as our named executive officers, or “NEOs.”

This Compensation Discussion and Analysis describes the material elements of our executive compensation programs for our executive officers during fiscal year 2020. It also provides an overview of our executive compensation philosophy, including our principal compensation programs. Finally, it analyzes how and why the Executive Compensation Committee of our Board (the “Committee”) made its compensation decisions for our executive officers, including our NEOs, in fiscal year 2020.

Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights

Our executive compensation programs are designed to directly tie the outcomes of our incentive compensation awards for our executive officers to the achievement of our key strategic performance objectives and returns to our stockholders, and drive the creation of sustainable long-term stockholder value. Despite changes described below in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our fiscal year 2020 compensation programs continued to reflect this philosophy, and compensation earned reflected our business achievements.

Our Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we implemented significant changes that we determined were in the best interest of our employees and the communities in which we operate. First and foremost, we prioritized the health and well-being of our employees. We immediately transitioned the vast majority of our employees to work-from-home, while implementing additional safety measures for employees continuing critical on-site work. We also took a series of steps to provide employees with additional assistance and benefits to support them and their families during the pandemic and help with work/life balance while working from home.

Shantanu Narayen

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Belsky

Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud

Abhay Parasnis

Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Product Officer, Document Cloud

We stepped up to take care of our communities and customers – provisioning Creative Cloud licenses for students learning from home, and giving our Experience Cloud customers flexibility and additional support. We created a Government Rapid Response Program to help governments adapt and move their vital work and processes to digital workflows. To keep our customers healthy and safe, we transitioned all of our in-person customer events, including Adobe MAX and Adobe Summit, to virtual-only experiences through July 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was an unprecedented year for many companies, including Adobe. Our financial results in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 positioned us well against the goals in our fiscal year 2020 operating plan established by the Board. However, early in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, large parts of the global economy came to a near standstill due to lockdowns and shutdowns of non-essential businesses in the United States and globally. In light of the impact of COVID-19 on our business, on June 5, 2020, the Board revised our fiscal year 2020 operating plan for the second half of fiscal year 2020 and the Committee accordingly revised our executive cash incentive plan as described in the following section.

Cash Incentive Plan Changes

At the outset of fiscal year 2020, the Committee updated our cash-based fiscal year 2020 Executive Annual Incentive Plan (the “Executive Incentive Plan”) to add an additional factor on which to base financial performance – a combination of GAAP revenue and non-GAAP EPS performance as pegged against our fiscal year 2020 operating plan (the “Operating Plan”). Financial performance also continued to be based on a metric that emphasizes Digital Media ARR and Digital Experience subscription bookings (“Bookings”) growth in order to drive growth in our strategic businesses. As in previous years, the plan allowed the Committee to make an adjustment of up to 25 percentage points up or down based on its evaluation of the company’s performance against its corporate priorities and objectives. Additionally, consistent with past practice, an executive’s individual performance was a key component in the calculation of his or her incentive award.

As described above, starting in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, associated lockdowns, and shutdowns of non-essential businesses brought large parts of the global economy to a halt. In response to these sudden, major shifts affecting the global economy, in June the Board quickly and prudently implemented a revised Operating Plan, which reflected the closures of our offices, suspension of employee travel, a pause in hiring, the potential impact of remote working conditions on demand for our products and services, and acceleration of the discontinuation of our transaction-driven Advertising Cloud offerings. The revised Operating Plan was intended to establish appropriate stretch goals for the second half of the fiscal year in light of the global environment caused by the pandemic, and to reflect strategic decisions intended to better position the company for the future. The revisions to the plan included increasing target for Digital Media ARR while decreasing targets for revenue and Digital Experience bookings.

Accordingly, the Committee revised our Executive Incentive Plan so that it would continue to align with our Operating Plan and the interests of our customers, stockholders, and employees. The Committee lowered the minimum performance thresholds under the Executive Incentive Plan before participants could earn any incentive bonus under the Executive Incentive Plan from exceeding: (1) 96.94% of the Operating Plan’s GAAP revenue target to 60% and (2) 95% of the Operating Plan’s Non-GAAP EPS target to 80%. The Committee simultaneously imposed a more stringent cap on the amount participants could earn by lowering the maximum Financial Performance Result participants could earn under the Executive Incentive Plan.

This blended approach resulted in a Financial Performance Result of 104.7% under our revised 2020 Executive Incentive Plan, due to record revenue and record net new ARR in our Digital Media business and strong Bookings in our Digital Experience business. For more discussion of cash incentive awards, see the section captioned “Cash Incentives” below.

Performance Share Program Results

The three-year performance period under Adobe’s 2018 Performance Share Program closed at the end of our 2020 fiscal year. Under this program, shares were earned based on relative total stockholder return (“TSR”) over a three-year performance period, during which Adobe achieved a total return of approximately 191%. During the performance period, the price of Adobe’s common stock increased from $165.38 to $481.66 (using the 90 calendar day averages preceding the beginning and end of the performance period). With this performance, our percentile rank among the companies included in the Nasdaq 100 Index as of December 2, 2017 was 95th, which under the plan resulted in each of the participants being awarded performance shares equal to 200% of the executive’s target number of shares.

Continued Emphasis on Pay for Performance

Approximately 92% of our CEO’s target total direct compensation in fiscal year 2020 was comprised of equity awards. A substantial percentage (70%) of these awards are based on Adobe’s relative TSR (compared against the companies in the Nasdaq 100 Index) measured over a three-year performance period issued under our Performance Share Program, with the balance of target equity value granted as time-based RSUs that vest according to our four-year vesting schedule. Unless we achieve at least a 50th-percentile rank over the three-year performance period of the Performance Share Program, our CEO and other executive officers will not realize the full intended value of their long-term incentive compensation. Further, because Adobe common stock underlies our equity-based compensation awards, the immediate value of these awards is subject to fluctuations in our stock price, strongly aligning the interests of our executive officers, including our CEO, with those of our stockholders.

Our pay-for-performance philosophy is reflected in the pie charts below, which depict the composition of our CEO and other NEOs’ target total direct 2020 compensation:

CEO and Other NEOs’ Target Pay Mix(1)(2)

(1)

The mechanism for calculating target equity award values is described in detail under “Equity Incentives-Equity Compensation Mix.” The amounts shown for all other NEOs represent their average target pay mix. For the actual grant date fair value of equity awards, computed in accordance with stock-based compensation accounting principles, please see “Executive Compensation-Summary Compensation Table.”

(2)

The target pay mix for “All Other NEOs” excludes Mr. Chakravarthy as he received a new hire target equity award in January 2020.

Compensation Approach in Fiscal Year 2021

In addition to taking stockholder feedback into account, the Committee has evaluated a number of other factors discussed below in making decisions about our executive compensation approach. Following this evaluation, the Committee determined not to make any significant changes to the design of our cash incentive plan for fiscal year 2021. The Committee increased the minimum thresholds for revenue and non-GAAP EPS to 80 percent for fiscal year 2021 (from 60 percent in the final Executive Incentive Plan for fiscal year 2020). The Committee also chose to generally continue the approach to the equity compensation program from fiscal year 2020 for fiscal year 2021.

The Committee believes that both the cash incentive and equity compensation programs have created the desired pay-for-performance incentives, and that these incentives have been driving the intended outcomes in recent fiscal years, resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth and generating significant stockholder value.

Additional information regarding our fiscal year 2021 executive compensation programs is available in our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on January 27, 2021.

Compensation-Setting Governance and Process

The Role of the Compensation Committee

The Committee oversees and provides strategic direction to management regarding many elements of our executive compensation programs. It reviews and approves the compensation and severance benefits of Adobe’s executive officers, including our NEOs. As part of this review, the Committee regularly solicits input from its independent compensation consultant. In fiscal year 2020, the Committee met regularly in executive session with its independent compensation consultant and without management present. The Chair of the Committee also met separately with the consultant, both with and without management present. The Committee has the authority to obtain independent advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting, and other advisors, at Adobe’s expense. The Committee also discusses Mr. Narayen’s performance with the Board and our Lead Director and remains solely responsible for making the final decisions on compensation for our executive officers, including our NEOs.

The Role of Executive Officers

The Committee regularly reviews the compensation programs for our executive officers, including our NEOs, to ensure they achieve the desired goal of aligning our executive compensation structure with our stockholders’ interests. This includes using our incentive compensation awards to support our strategic and operating plans. We also closely monitor the compensation programs and pay levels of executives from companies of similar size and complexity, so that we may ensure that our compensation programs are within the norm of market practices. This aids in the retention of our NEOs in a competitive market for executive talent.

In addition, our CEO conducted reviews of the performance and compensation of the other NEOs, and based on these reviews, made his recommendations for fiscal year 2020 target compensation levels (including adjustments to base salary and target annual cash incentives, if applicable, and equity incentive levels) directly to the Committee. No NEO was present or participated in the final determinations or deliberations of the Committee regarding the amount of any component of his own fiscal year 2020 compensation package.

The Role of the Compensation Consultant

Since 2008, the Committee has engaged Compensia, Inc. as the Committee’s independent compensation consultant to review and provide independent advice concerning all of the components of Adobe’s executive compensation programs, on account of Compensia’s expertise in the software industry, its knowledge of our peer group, and its geographical proximity. Compensia provided the following services on behalf of the Committee during fiscal year 2020: (1) reviewed and provided recommendations on the composition of our peer group, and provided compensation data relating to executives at the selected companies in our peer group; (2) conducted a comprehensive review of the total compensation arrangements for all of our executive officers; (3) provided advice on our executive officers’ compensation; (4) assisted with executive equity program design, including analysis of equity mix, target grant levels and program design parameters; (5) assisted with development of our fiscal year 2021 Executive Annual Incentive Plan; (6) provided updates on say-on-pay results and regulatory developments; (7) conducted a comprehensive review of compensation paid to the Board and provided recommendations to the Committee and the Board regarding director pay; (8) updated the Committee on emerging trends and best practices in the area of executive and board compensation; (9) reviewed peer company and broader market practices related to executive severance and change-in-control agreements; (10) conducted a detailed aggregate equity utilization relative to peer company practices; and (11) reviewed the Compensation Discussion and Analysis for inclusion in our 2021 proxy statement.

Our Employee Experience, Finance and Legal departments work with our CEO and Compensia to design and develop new compensation programs applicable to our NEOs and other executive officers, to recommend changes to existing compensation programs, to recommend financial and other performance targets to be achieved under those programs, to prepare analyses of financial data, to prepare peer group compensation comparisons and other Committee briefing materials and, ultimately, to implement the decisions of the Committee. Members of these departments and our CEO also meet with Compensia separately from the Committee to convey information on proposals that management may make to the Committee, as well as to allow Compensia to collect information about Adobe to develop its own proposals.

The Committee conducted a formal review of Compensia’s independence and is satisfied with the qualifications, performance and independence of Compensia. Other than providing limited guidance to our Employee Experience department regarding Adobe’s broad-based equity compensation design for all employees (as approved by the Committee), Compensia does not provide any other services to Adobe. Adobe pays for the cost of Compensia’s services.

The Role of Stockholders and Say-on-Pay Vote Results

Adobe values the input of our stockholders on our compensation programs. We hold an advisory vote on executive compensation on an annual basis. We also regularly communicate with our stockholders to better understand their opinions on governance issues, including compensation. The Committee carefully considers stockholder feedback and the outcome of each vote when reviewing our executive compensation programs each year.

At our 2020 annual meeting, approximately 93% of the votes cast approved, on an advisory basis, our NEO compensation and disclosures for fiscal year 2019. This percentage of votes in favor of our compensation approach continued to validate our programs. In particular, we believe the strong approval was largely driven by the following attributes of our fiscal year 2019 executive compensation programs, which continued into fiscal year 2020: (1) the high degree of alignment between company performance and our executive compensation programs; (2) basing our Performance Share Program on a three-year performance period with a single objective metric-relative TSR-closely aligning the compensation opportunity of our NEOs to long-term stockholder interests; and (3) basing our short-term cash incentive program on financial metrics that align with our growth strategy, while adding an earnings metric to incentivize profitable growth.

While we welcome stockholder interaction throughout the year, we generally engage in stockholder outreach during two key periods each fiscal year: (1) leading up to our annual meeting of stockholders and (2) during the months of September and October, when Adobe’s management, the Committee and its independent compensation consultant are in the preliminary planning stages for the subsequent year’s compensation programs. During fiscal year 2020, we engaged with several of our largest stockholders in discussions regarding our existing programs and potential changes for the future, and we value the input received during those discussions. We expect to continue stockholder engagement throughout fiscal year 2021 as we consider potential changes to our compensation programs in the future.

The Role of Peer Companies

The Committee regularly reviews relevant market and industry practices on executive compensation. We do so to balance our need to compete for talent with the need to maintain a reasonable and responsible cost structure while aligning our executive officers’ interests with those of our stockholders.

Each year, to assist the Committee in its deliberations on executive compensation, the Committee reviews and updates our list of peer companies as points of comparison, as necessary, to ensure that the comparisons are meaningful. These peer companies are technology companies at which our NEOs’ positions would be analogous in scope and complexity, which operate in similar or related businesses to Adobe, and with which Adobe competes for talent. Compensia provides recommendations on the composition of our compensation “peer group” by considering companies with revenues within 0.5x to 2.0x of Adobe’s and market capitalization within 0.33x to 3.0x of Adobe’s, and taking into account the following criteria:

  • • global multi-faceted software/Internet company;

  • • profit margin within 0.5x to 2.0x of Adobe’s;

  • • number of employees within 0.5x to 2.0x of Adobe’s;

  • • stockholder advisory firm names company as Adobe’s peer;

  • • companies that list Adobe as a peer;

  • • positive revenue growth; and

  • • companies listed as peers by current peers.

Based on the factors described above and input from management and Compensia, the Committee approved the peer group for fiscal year 2020, adding Oracle Corporation, SAP SE, and ServiceNow, Inc.

Peer Group for Fiscal Year 2020

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Autodesk, Inc.

Booking Holdings Inc.

eBay Inc.

Electronic Arts, Inc.

Intuit, Inc.

Netflix, Inc.

NVIDIA Corporation

Oracle Corporation

PayPal Holdings Inc.

salesforce.com, Inc.

SAP SE

ServiceNow, Inc.

VMWare Inc.

The Committee’s independent compensation consultant prepares a compensation analysis compiled from both executive compensation surveys and data gathered from publicly available information for our peer group companies. The Committee uses this data to compare the current compensation of our NEOs to the peer group and to determine the relative market value for each NEO position. In addition, because Adobe’s market capitalization is within the top quartile of its peer companies, the Committee and management also specifically consider position of market cap relative to peers when reviewing equity and target total direct compensation levels.

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

Adobe’s mission is to change the world through digital experiences. To support our product and technical innovation with strong execution, we strive to create a dynamic work environment that attracts and retains great people who drive successful business outcomes, growth, innovation, and a focus on creating a world-class experience for Adobe’s customers.

Guiding Principles

We believe that the skills, experience, and dedication of our executive officers are critical factors that contribute directly to our operating results, thereby enhancing stockholder value. In order to continue to develop and bring to market the products that drive our financial performance, we must attract, motivate, and retain the top talent within our industry. As such, our compensation programs are designed to:

  • • provide competitive compensation opportunities that attract, as needed, individuals with the skills necessary for us to achieve our business objectives and retain those top performing individuals;

  • • relate directly to our corporate performance and meaningfully drive our business objectives;

  • • reward and motivate strong individual performance, but with a substantial majority of compensation tied to corporate objectives;

  • • avoid undue compensation-related risk; and

  • • create direct alignment with our stockholders by providing equity ownership in the company.

Executive Compensation Policies and Practices

The following aspects of our compensation programs underscore our continued commitment to corporate governance and compensation best practices:

What we do

Pay for Performance.

ü Our executives’ total compensation is designed to pay for performance and is comprised of elements that address both short-term and long-term financial performance.

Our Insider Trading Policy, which applies to û all employees, officers, and directors, prohibits transactions involving pledging, hedging, or short sales of Adobe equity.

Independent Compensation Consultant.

ü The Compensation Committee engages its own independent compensation consultant to advise on executive and non-employee director compensation matters.

û We do not provide golden parachute excise tax gross-up payments.

Annual Compensation Peer Group Review.

ü The Compensation Committee reviews the composition of our compensation peer group annually and makes adjustments to the composition of that peer group, if deemed appropriate.

We do not provide defined benefit pension û plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, or retiree health benefits.

Annual Say-on-Pay Vote.

ü We conduct an annual advisory vote on the compensation of our NEOs. At our 2020 Annual Meeting, more than 93% of the votes cast approved the 2019 compensation of our NEOs.

Our equity plans do not include an û evergreen feature that would automatically replenish the shares available for issuance.

Clawback policy.

ü We have a clawback policy for performance-based incentive compensation of our executive officers.

Robust Stock Ownership Guidelines.

ü We have robust stock ownership requirements for our directors and officers at the Senior Vice President level and above.

We believe our executive compensation programs have been effective at driving the achievement of our target financial and strategic results, appropriately aligning executive pay and corporate performance and enabling us to attract and retain top executives within our industry.

Executive Compensation Program Components

Our executive compensation programs include base salary, an annual cash incentive opportunity, equity incentive awards and employee benefits. The percentage of performance-based compensation, or “at risk” pay, for Adobe’s management and other employees generally increases with job responsibility, reflecting our view of internal pay equity and the ability of a given employee to contribute to our results. We also generally align our compensation strategy with the practices of our peer group when possible and to the extent consistent with our business model. Our executive compensation programs focus on linking pay to performance and reinforcing the alignment of our executives’ interests with those of our stockholders. If results do not meet our expectations, our NEOs will receive compensation that is below target levels and may be below market in comparison to our peer group. Similarly, when superior results are achieved, our NEOs may receive compensation that is above target levels and above market. For more information, see the section titled “Realizable Pay” below.

What we don’t do

Compensation Objectives

ObjectivesAttract/RetainCompensation ElementDescription

Key PerformersReward Short-Term PerformanceReward Long-Term Performance

Base SalaryBase salary provides market competitive compensation in recognition of role and responsibilities.

ü

Cash Incentives

Cash incentives are earned in full or in part only if (1) we achieve certain pre-established one-year company performance targets,

ü

ü

(2) the recipient achieves individual performance levels or objectives, and (3) the recipient remains employed with Adobe through the earn date.

Employee Benefits and Perquisites

Equity incentives are awarded upon hire and then typically annually thereafter. Awards are both performance-based and time-based, each vesting over multiple years, aligning employee interests with stockholder interests. Benefits programs for all eligible Adobe employees provide protection for physical, emotional and financial well-being.

ü

In setting the mix among the different elements of executive compensation, we do not target specific allocations, but generally emphasize performance-based compensation, both cash and equity, in our executive officers’ compensation. The total target cash compensation opportunity (base salary and target cash incentives) represents less of our executive officers’ total target compensation than the total target equity compensation opportunity, to increase alignment with our stockholders’ interests and motivate performance that creates sustainable long-term stockholder value.

These allocations reflect our belief that a significant portion of our NEOs’ compensation should be performance based and therefore “at risk” based on company and individual performance, as well as NEO service requirements. Since our cash incentive opportunities and equity incentive awards have both upside opportunities and downside risks, and our actual performance can deviate from the target goals, the amount of compensation actually earned will differ from the target allocations.

The fiscal year 2020 target total direct compensation (base salary, target cash incentives, and target equity value) (“TDC”) for each of our NEOs was set by the Committee based on a number of factors, including: competitive pay practices reflected in the peer group data; each executive’s contribution to Adobe; company and individual performance; anticipated future contributions; internal pay equity; and historical pay levels. The Committee also reviewed the positioning of the total target cash and target equity elements of compensation against levels at our peer companies, but these individual elements of NEO compensation may vary based on the importance of the other factors noted above in any given year with respect to any given NEO. Because our fiscal year begins earlier than most of our peer companies, our target TDC attempts to anticipate what the competitive compensation positioning for each role will be for the coming fiscal year.

Base Salary

For fiscal year 2020, the Committee reviewed the base salaries of our NEOs, comparing these salaries to the base salary levels at the companies in our peer group, as well as considering the roles and responsibilities, performance and potential performance of the NEOs, and their mix of other compensation elements (cash and equity incentives). Following its review, the Committee made no change to Mr. Narayen’s base salary and chose to increase the salaries for Messrs. Murphy, Belsky and Parasnis to better align with peer companies, acknowledge increased scope (where applicable), and reward their performance in fiscal year 2019.

Fiscal Year 2020 Base Salaries

Name

Shantanu Narayen ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $ 1,000,000 $ 1,000,000

(1)

Mr. Chakravarthy joined Adobe on January 9, 2020 and was not an NEO during fiscal 2019.

Cash Incentives

Annual Cash Incentive Plan

As described above, in June 2020, to align with our Board’s changes to the Operating Plan for the second half of fiscal year 2020 in response to macroeconomic trends caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee revised the Executive Incentive Plan to (1) lower the maximum Financial Performance Result set earlier in January 2020 (which lowered the maximum amount participants could earn) and (2) lower the minimum performance thresholds before participants could earn any incentive bonus under the plan. As in prior years, the Executive Incentive Plan is designed to drive revenue growth, encourage accountability, drive execution of short-term priorities tied to long-term strategy and annual operating plan objectives, and recognize and reward the company’s executives upon the achievement of certain objectives. The Committee set threshold, target, and maximum performance levels for these goals that were based on the Operating Plan.

Plan Design and Target Annual Incentive Opportunity

The Committee set the target annual cash incentive opportunity for fiscal year 2020 (expressed as a percentage of base salary) for each NEO early in the fiscal year. These targets did not change over the course of fiscal 2020. In setting the target levels, the Committee considered each NEO’s fiscal year 2020 target total cash opportunity against the peer group data provided by its independent compensation consultant, internal pay equity and the roles and responsibilities of the NEOs. The Committee set the fiscal year 2020 target annual cash incentive opportunity for each NEO at the same percentage as their target opportunities for fiscal year 2019, as their target opportunities remained in our target range when compared with our peers.

In fiscal year 2020, our Executive Incentive Plan continued to be designed to align our NEOs’ annual cash incentives with the company’s strategic priorities and financial performance. As with our fiscal year 2019 program, the financial performance metric under the Executive Incentive Plan was based on the company’s strategic priorities of driving ARR growth in Digital Media and Bookings growth in Digital Experience. As discussed in our recent Annual Reports, the Committee and the company’s management believe that these metrics were strong indicators of the forward-looking health of Adobe’s business for fiscal year 2020. In addition, starting in fiscal 2020, in addition to ARR and Bookings growth, 50% of the financial performance metric was also based on two new financial metrics – GAAP revenue and non-GAAP EPS performance as pegged against our Operating Plan for the fiscal year – which we believe will specifically incentivize profitable growth.

The Committee determined in its June 2020 update that, for purposes of earning any award under the Executive Incentive Plan, we must achieve two threshold goals, (1) exceed 60% of the GAAP revenue target and (2) exceed 80% of its annual Non-GAAP EPS target, each as set forth in the Operating Plan. If the threshold goals are not achieved, none of the participants in the Executive Incentive Plan would be eligible to earn any annual cash incentive award. In addition, awards are capped at 100% of target in the event the Financial Performance Result is below 90%. If we achieved the GAAP revenue threshold, each participant would be eligible to earn a maximum award of up to 200% of such participant’s target annual cash incentive opportunity.

The maximum award for each participant is subject to adjustment based on our performance against our corporate priorities and objectives, as well as the individual’s performance against goals tailored to each executive.

2020

2019

Salary

Salary

($)

($)

John Murphy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

650,000

575,000

Scott Belsky ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

625,000

550,000

Anil Chakravarthy(1) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

725,000

Abhay Parasnis ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

650,000

600,000

________________________

A participant’s award is calculated according to the below formula:

________________________

Ranges from 0% to 150%

Capped at 100% of target in the event the Financial Performance Result is below 90%

Corporate Performance Result

The “Corporate Performance Result” (expressed as a percentage) is based on the financial performance of the company in fiscal year 2020 (the “Financial Performance Result”) and a discretionary strategic performance adjustment of up to 25 percentage points up or down based on the Committee’s assessment of the company’s performance against its corporate priorities and objectives during the performance period (the “Strategic Performance Adjustment”). The Financial Performance Result is determined by both (1) a Net New Sales metric comprised of net new Digital Media ARR (as defined below) and Bookings growth in Digital Experience, in both cases as set forth in the Operating Plan, and (2) GAAP revenue and non-GAAP EPS performance against the Operating Plan targets.

As described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 27, 2020, we define annualized recurring revenue, or ARR, in our Digital Media business as the sum of Creative ARR and Document Cloud ARR. We define Creative ARR as the sum of (1) the annual value of Creative Cloud subscriptions and services, plus (2) the annual contract value of Creative Enterprise Term License Agreements. We define Document Cloud ARR as the sum of (1) the annual value of Document Cloud subscriptions and services, plus (2) the annual contract value of Document Cloud Enterprise Term License Agreements. A table showing the relationships between financial performance, as a percentage of the Operating Plan targets, and the funding results under the Executive Incentive Plan can be found in Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K Adobe filed with the SEC on June 11, 2020.

Individual Performance Result

The “Individual Performance Result” (expressed as a percentage ranging from 0% to 150%) is based on the

Committee’s assessment of each participant’s individual performance including, without limitation, achievement of individual goals set by the Committee at the outset of the fiscal year.

The individual goals were selected by the Committee in consultation with our CEO (other than with respect to his own goals) at the outset of fiscal year 2020, and the Committee reviewed the achievement of such individual goals for each NEO to determine the NEO’s Individual Performance Result. For our CEO, these individual goals for fiscal year 2020 are shown in the table below. For our other NEOs, the individual goals for fiscal year 2020 are also shown in the table below, and were specifically tailored to the functions led by each NEO and aligned to the achievement of our overall Operating Plan.

Executive Officer

Individual Performance Goals

John Murphy

Drive return on investment, efficiency and revenue growth; and deliver insights through finance organization to improve operational performance.

Anil ChakravarthyUnify Digital Experience and Worldwide Field Operations teams; drive product innovation; and improve customer success and growth in enterprise and commercial businesses.

Individual EAIP Award

Once each component described above is certified by the Committee, the award earned by each participant is determined using the formula above, provided that in no event will a participant’s award exceed 100% of the participant’s individual target award if the Financial Performance Result is not at least 90%. Amounts paid under the Executive Incentive Plan are subject to recoupment from the participants in accordance with our clawback policies.

Fiscal Year 2020 Results and Payouts

As mentioned above, the targets and thresholds for the Executive Incentive Plan were revised in June 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19 on our business. At that time, the Committee believed the Executive Incentive Plan goals remained appropriate and were challenging in light of the macroeconomic environment.

In fiscal year 2020, we achieved $12.87 billion of revenue, exceeding our GAAP Revenue funding threshold level. Diluted earnings per share was $10.83 on a GAAP basis, and $10.10 on a non-GAAP basis. (See Annex A for a reconciliation of non-GAAP diluted EPS and non-GAAP operating income to GAAP diluted EPS and GAAP operating income.) According to the matrix included as Exhibit A to the Executive Incentive Plan, as set forth in Exhibit 10.1 to our 8-K filed with the SEC on June 11, 2020, the Net New Sales metrics resulted in a payout of 98.6% and GAAP revenue and non-GAAP EPS performance resulted in a payout of 110%. This produced an overall Financial Performance Result of 104.7%. The Committee elected to not exercise its discretion to make a Strategic Performance Adjustment for each of our NEOs.

The Committee monitored each NEO’s performance on a periodic basis during the year and measured total achievement at year end. Based on the Committee’s assessment of each NEO’s individual performance during the fiscal year, including progress against the individual goals shown above, the Committee determined the individual performance assessment for the participants as shown in the table below:

The following table shows the calculation of the individual cash bonuses awarded by the Committee based on the formulas set forth above:

Shantanu Narayen

Drive the company’s multi-year growth strategy; focus on product and platform innovation; deepen the leadership bench strength and scale; and increase larger customer and partner sponsorship.

Scott Belsky

Drive success of new products; deliver innovation and customer satisfaction on existing products; define strategy for market expansion; and improve activation and engagement.

Abhay ParasnisDrive cross-cloud solution strategy; accelerate Sensei platform adaption and increase adoption of Adobe Cloud Platform; and incubate breakthrough technologies.

Individual

Corporate

Performance

Performance

Actual Award Payout

Name

Result

Result

(% of Target Award)

Shantanu Narayen

100%

x

104.7%

=

104.7%

John Murphy

100%

x

104.7%

=

104.7%

Scott Belsky

100%

x

104.7%

=

104.7%

Anil Chakravarthy

100%

x

104.7%

=

104.7%

Abhay Parasnis

100%

x

104.7%

=

104.7%

Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Incentive Plan Cash Bonus

Name

($)

Shantanu Narayen ………………………………………. $ John Murphy …………………………………………………. Scott Belsky ……………………………………………………. Anil Chakravarthy ……………………………………….. Abhay Parasnis …………………………………………….. ________________________

(1)

Base salary adjustments for Messrs. Murphy, Belsky and Parasnis took effect on January 27, 2020. Mr. Chakravarthy’s base salary for purposes of this calculation was prorated from his hire date of January 9, 2020.

Other Cash Incentives

The Committee retains authority to pay additional discretionary bonuses outside the Executive Incentive Plan but declined to grant any such awards in fiscal year 2020.

Equity Incentives

Goals of Equity Compensation

We use equity compensation to motivate and reward strong corporate performance and to retain valued executive officers. We also use equity incentive awards as a means to attract and recruit qualified executives. We believe that equity awards serve to align the interests of our NEOs with those of our stockholders by rewarding them for growing the value of the company. By having a significant percentage of our NEOs’ target TDC payable in the form of multi-year equity and, thus, subject to higher risk and longer vesting than cash compensation, our NEOs are motivated to make decisions that will benefit Adobe and its stockholders in the long term.

Equity Compensation Mix

For our fiscal year 2020 equity program established in January 2020, the Committee continued to differentiate between the CEO target mix of equity incentive awards and that of our other NEOs. Beginning with fiscal year 2020, the target mix of ongoing annual equity incentive awards to our CEO consisted of 70% performance share awards (up from 60%) and 30% time-based RSUs (down from 40%) in order to align our CEO more closely with the interests of our stockholders by having a larger proportion of his target TDC “at risk”. The target mix of equity incentive awards to Messrs. Murphy, Belsky and Parasnis remained unchanged at 50% performance share awards and 50% time-based RSUs. The Committee determined that this mix of equity compensation would appropriately balance and meet our compensation objectives, as described in the table below. The Committee calculated the target values for equity to achieve this desired mix, based on a price of $346.91 per share, the trailing 10-day average of the closing price per share of our common stock as of January 22, 2020, the period just prior to the development of the equity compensation award recommendations. Based on this price per share, the total desired number of targeted shares was determined and then split, as applicable, between performance shares and time-based RSUs, each rounded up to the nearest whole share.

Mr. Chakravarthy, who was hired in January 2020, received equity awards in fiscal year 2020 consisting of 33% performance share awards and 67% new-hire time-based RSUs.

Target

Target

Actual

Actual Cash

Weighted Base

Cash

Cash

Award

Incentive

Salary(1)

Incentive

Incentive

Payout

Earned

(%)

($)

(%)

($)

200 % $ 2,000,000

104.7 % $ 2,094,000

1,000,000

638,050

100 %

638,050

104.7 %

668,038

613,050

100 %

613,050

104.7 %

641,863

645,330

100 %

645,330

104.7 %

675,660

642,033

100 %

642,033

104.7 %

672,209

Fiscal Year 2020 Mix of Annual Equity Incentive Awards

Type of

Equity (Allocation Percentage(1))

Description

Objectives/Dilutive Effect

Vesting(2)

Time-Based RSUs

(CEO ~30%, Other NEOs ~50%)

Stock-settled awards subject to time-based vesting conditions; no purchase cost to executive, so awards always have value, if earned

Provide a strong incentive for our NEOs to remain employed with us, as they require continuous employment while vesting; provide moderate reward for growth in our stock price; and use fewer shares than stock options, so less dilutiveVest over a period of four years; specifically, 25% on the first anniversary of the vesting commencement date and 6.25% quarterly thereafter for the remaining three years

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(1)

The percentages for Other NEOs exclude Mr. Chakravarthy due to his new hire RSU grant in January 2020.

(2)

Our NEOs’ equity awards are also subject to certain accelerated vesting provisions as described under “Severance and Change of Control Compensation” and “Executive Compensation-Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2020-Narrative Summary to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2020 Table-Effect of Retirement, Death and Disability on Equity Compensation Awards.

Target Value and Award Determination

For fiscal year 2020, the Committee, with input from its independent compensation consultant, management, and our CEO, took a number of factors into account in determining the target value of the equity compensation opportunity for each of our NEOs. Among these factors were the individual performance of executives, peer group positioning, internal pay equity, our employee retention objectives, and the other factors for determining compensation discussed under “Compensation Philosophy and Objectives” above. With regard to peer group positioning, the Committee reviews the value of equity awards in the aggregate because of the different mix of equity awards granted by our peers, and the aggregated manner in which this data is presented in the peer group analyses.

The following table sets forth the total target value of equity awards for each NEO determined by the Committee, as well as the resulting number of performance shares (at target and maximum performance) and RSUs granted to each of our NEOs in January 2020. Note that this table reflects the values targeted by the Committee; for the actual grant date fair values of these equity awards, computed in accordance with stock-based compensation accounting principles, please see “Executive Compensation-Summary Compensation Table.”

Performance Share Awards

(CEO ~70%, Other NEOs ~50%)

Stock-settled awards subject to performance-and time-based vesting conditions; three-year cliff performance period determines the total number of shares earned, with significant benefits for overachievement and significant consequences for underachievement, including the potential for no award being earned; no purchase cost to executive, so awards always have value if earned

Focus NEOs on a three-year performance goal tied to long-term stockholder returns while also providing a strong retention incentive, requiring continuous employment to vest; provide significant incentive to grow our stock price; and use fewer shares than stock options, so less dilutive

Performance shares vest upon the certification of performance results following a three-year performance period

Equity Awards Granted by the Committee During Fiscal Year 2020

Performance Share Program(1)

Total Target

Value of

Target

Maximum

RSU

Equity Award

Award

Award

Award

Name

($)(2)

(#)

(#)

(#)

Shantanu Narayen …………………………………………………………………

$

32,500,000

65,579

131,158

28,106

John Murphy …………………………………………………………………………….

7,000,000

10,090

20,180

10,090

Scott Belsky ……………………………………………………………………………….

7,000,000

10,090

20,180

10,090

Anil Chakravarthy (3) ……………………………………………………………..

15,000,000

14,413

28,826

33,056

Abhay Parasnis ………………………………………………………………………..

7,000,000

10,090

20,180

10,090

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(1)

Achievement of goals for performance shares granted in 2020 will be certified by the Committee following the

completion of the three-year performance period.

(2)

Amount of performance shares and RSUs awarded to each NEO is based on the total target equity value for each

NEO described above under “Equity Compensation Mix.”

(3)

Includes new hire RSUs with a target equity award value of $10,000,000 that were granted to Mr. Chakravarthy upon

his joining Adobe in January 2020.

2020 Performance Share Program

As with our 2019 Performance Share Program, under our 2020 Performance Share Program shares are earned based on a single objective financial measure-relative TSR over a three-year performance period. All earned performance share awards will vest upon the later of the Committee’s certification of results and the three-year anniversary of the vesting commencement date. Accordingly, the performance shares will align our NEOs’ interests with those of our stockholders over the long term, while also providing key retention incentives, as the shares will only be awarded if an NEO remains providing service to Adobe (or an affiliate) upon the date of the Committee’s certification of results following the end of the three-year performance period. Moreover, the design of our Performance Share Program will result in strengthened retention incentives for our executives during periods over which the company is delivering favorable returns to our stockholders. The Committee believes in the importance of balancing absolute performance with that of relative performance to ensure that the company performs well relative to benchmark companies.

Under the 2020 Performance Share Program, the participants can earn between 0% and 200% (the payout cap under our program) of the target number of performance shares. The relative TSR measure compares the TSR of our common stock against the TSR of the companies included in the Nasdaq 100 Index as of November 30, 2019 over a three-year performance period, using a cumulative 90 calendar day look-back as of the beginning and the end of the three-year period. This TSR metric creates accountability since the payout depends upon our stockholder return being better than other companies in the Nasdaq 100 Index, companies the Committee and Adobe’s management believe constitute the most relevant market benchmark for Adobe’s performance. Also, the Nasdaq 100 Index (as opposed to our peer group) is broad enough to accommodate the high amount of consolidation and acquisition in our industry sector without significantly impacting the overall makeup of comparative companies between the start and end of the performance period.

The number of performance shares earned is calculated based on the formula below, and will increase or decrease 2.5% for every percentile that Adobe’s TSR percentile rank is above or below, respectively, the Nasdaq 100 companies’ 50th percentile, subject to the limitations in the chart below.

100% – ((50 – Percentile Rank) 2.5%) = Percentage Payout

100% (2) 163% 200% (3) 200%

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performance shares can be earned until the Committee certifies the level of achievement after the performance period closes.

For more information on the performance share awards granted during fiscal year 2020, see the “Executive Compensation-Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2020” table and accompanying narrative.

2018 Performance Share Program Results and Payouts

The three-year performance period under Adobe’s 2018 Performance Share Program closed at the end of our 2020 fiscal year. As with our 2020 Performance Share Program described above, shares under the 2018 Performance Share Program were earned based on our relative TSR (compared against the companies in the Nasdaq 100 Index) measured over a three-year performance period. At the end of the performance period, there were 76 companies remaining in the relative peer group selected for the 2018 program. For the three-year performance period, Adobe’s TSR was approximately 191%, calculated based on the methodology set forth in the program.

The Committee engages an independent outside consultant to review the peer group data and calculate the results under our 2018 Performance Share Program. Of the companies remaining following the performance period, 71 had TSRs less than Adobe’s, and four had TSRs greater than Adobe’s, resulting in a 95th percentile ranking.

As described in our 2018 Performance Share Program, if Adobe’s absolute TSR is positive, the company’s achievement of a percentile rank that exceeded the 50th percentile would increase the number of shares of stock that would be earned by increments of 2.5%, rounded up to the nearest whole percent, calculated using the same formula and chart as shown above for the 2020 Performance Share Program.

Under that formula, our percentile rank resulted in the maximum percentage payout of 200%. The target, maximum and actual shares earned and awarded to our NEO participants under the 2018 Performance Share Program, as certified by the Committee, are set forth in the table below:

Shares of Stock That May Be Earned

Company Percentile Rank as Compared to Index

as a Percentage of Target Shares

Companies

(“Percentage Payout”)

Below 25th (1)

0%

25th

38%

35th

63%

50th

75th

90th

100th

(1)

A threshold percentile rank of 25% is required before any performance shares can be earned.

(2)

The maximum number of performance shares that may be earned at the 50th percentile or higher is capped at

100% of target, if Adobe’s absolute TSR is negative.

(3)

The maximum shares that may be earned is 200% of target, if Adobe’s absolute TSR is positive.

Because our 2020 Performance Share Program is based on a three-year performance period, none of the

(1)

Mr. Chakravarthy was not a participant in the 2018 Performance Share Program because he was not employed by Adobe at the time the awards were granted.

2020 RSU Program

Recognizing that a substantial portion of our NEOs’ compensation is performance based, and therefore inherently at risk, the Committee granted time-based RSUs to our NEOs in order to satisfy our retention objectives and promote continuity in our business. The RSUs vest 25% on the one-year anniversary of the vesting commencement date and then 6.25% quarterly thereafter for the remaining three years of the award. Accordingly, our RSU program provides our NEOs with strong incentives to remain employed by Adobe, while providing additional rewards for growth in our stock price with less dilution to the company than time-based stock options, which were not granted by Adobe to any executive officer in fiscal year 2020.

Employment Agreements

Each of our NEOs is employed “at will.” Except in limited circumstances, such as when an employment agreement that provides for severance is assumed or renegotiated as part of a corporate transaction, we only enter into agreements providing for severance benefits with our U.S. executive officers in relation to a change of control of Adobe or an executive transition plan.

Realizable Pay

Realizable pay reflects the real value of equity awards and increases or decreases with fluctuations in market value. When determining the annual equity grants to our executives in January of each year, the Committee believes it is important to take into account not only the grant date fair values included in our Summary Compensation Table, but also to consider the effect of the year-end value of our stock on those awards over time.

Given that approximately 92% of our CEO’s and 83% of our other NEOs’ target total direct compensation for fiscal year 2020 is equity based, the Committee and the company consider it especially important to focus on realizable pay when evaluating the effectiveness of our pay for performance philosophy. For example, decreases in our stock price could cause stock-based awards to have realizable values that are less than what was targeted at the time of grant, including performance periods under our Performance Share Programs potentially closing with no value earned and no dilutive effect to the company.

As discussed above, the Committee sets our CEO’s target compensation every year in consultation with our external compensation consultant and with reference to peer company pay practices. Our equity compensation programs are designed to incentivize performance and drive stockholder returns. The following chart demonstrates the relationship between the target and realizable values of our CEO’s total direct compensation and Adobe’s indexed TSR for the past five completed fiscal years. When our stock price increases and generates positive returns for Adobe’s stockholders, the increase impacts an executive’s realizable pay during the present fiscal year and for past fiscal years during which the executive received equity awards that are held or still subject to vesting. The following chart demonstrates that our equity compensation programs have been working as intended by the Committee, providing meaningful incentives for Adobe’s executives to drive strong stockholder returns relative to our peer group over the long-term.

Name(1)

Shantanu Narayen ………………………………………………………………………………………

61,345

John Murphy …………………………………………………………………………………………………

3,835

Scott Belsky ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

12,780

Abhay Parasnis ……………………………………………………………………………………………..

15,340

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2018 Performance Share Program Results

Target

Maximum

Actual

Shares

Award

Award

Achievement

Awarded

(#)

(#)

(%)

(#)

122,690

200 %

122,690

7,670

200 %

7,670

25,560

200 %

25,560

30,680

200 %

30,680

Target TDC: Target TDC is the sum of our CEO’s target base salary as disclosed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis sections of this and prior proxy statements, the target incentive amount (which is the target bonus percentage multiplied by the respective target base salary), and equity award target grant date fair values. No target value for All Other Compensation is included.

Realizable TDC: Realizable TDC is the sum of our CEO’s actual earned base salary, bonus, non-equity incentive plan compensation, and all other compensation as disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table, and equity award values of all restricted stock units and performance shares granted (adjusted to reflect actual or current estimated payout of outstanding PSUs as of the last day of fiscal year 2020) in each year multiplied by the stock price per share on the last day of fiscal year 2020 of $477.03.

Indexed TSR: Indexed TSR is calculated by taking the stock price per share on the last day of fiscal years 2016 to 2020 of $99.73, $179.52, $250.89, $309.53 and $477.03, respectively, and dividing each by the stock price per share on the last day of fiscal year 2015 of $92.17.

Other Benefits and Programs

Retirement and Deferred Compensation Plan Benefits

We do not provide our employees, including our NEOs, with a defined benefit pension plan, any supplemental executive retirement plans or retiree health benefits, except as required by local law or custom for employees outside the United States. Our NEOs may participate on the same basis as other U.S. employees in our Section 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan (the “401(k) Plan”) with a company-sponsored match component.

We also maintain an unfunded, nonqualified deferred compensation plan (the “Deferred Compensation Plan”). Our executives and our Board members are eligible to participate at their election. The Deferred Compensation Plan provides the ability to defer receipt of income to a later date, which may be an attractive tax planning opportunity. We generally do not contribute to the Deferred Compensation Plan on behalf of participants; therefore, our cost to maintain the Deferred Compensation Plan is limited to administration expenses, which are minimal. Other than Mr. Narayen, no other NEOs participated in or had an accrued balance under the Deferred Compensation Plan in fiscal year 2020.

Perquisites and Additional Benefits and Programs

We provide limited perquisites to our executives, including our NEOs. In considering potential perquisites, the Committee considers the cost to Adobe as compared to the perceived value to our employees as well as other corporategovernance and employee relations factors. We offer our executives at the director level and above, including our NEOs, an annual comprehensive physical examination that is fully funded by Adobe, as an added benefit to the Adobe medical insurance provided. Alternatively, our NEOs may choose to enroll in a health concierge service. Adobe recognizes the significant role of its executives and offers this program to encourage a focus on keeping well. In fiscal year 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also provided free COVID testing to our senior management and their immediate family members.

In fiscal year 2018, the Board approved the purchase of a corporate jet as a security measure for our CEO and to optimize his travel. The aircraft is primarily for the use of our CEO, with certain limited exceptions where other executives may use it solely for business purposes. In the interests of security and efficiency, as well as our CEO’s health and safety, the Committee has encouraged our CEO to use the corporate aircraft for personal travel by providing an annual $400,000 allowance for incremental costs associated with his personal use of the jet, after which he must fully reimburse the Company for all additional incremental costs associated with personal use of the aircraft pursuant to an aircraft time sharing agreement with the Company. The incremental costs of non-business-related travel and guests on any such legs is included in the “All Other Compensation” column in the Summary Compensation Table. Our CEO recognized imputed taxable income and is not provided a tax reimbursement for any personal use of the aircraft, including for members of the CEO’s immediate family accompanying the CEO on business travel.

We also provide the following benefits to our NEOs, on the same terms and conditions as provided to all other eligible employees: health, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; an Employee Stock Purchase Plan; health savings account; medical and dependent care flexible spending account; and short- and long-term disability, accidental death and dismemberment insurance. We believe these benefits are consistent with benefits provided by companies with which we compete for executive-level talent.

Severance and Change of Control Compensation

The Committee believes that change of control vesting of equity awards and severance benefits, if structured appropriately, serve to minimize the distraction caused by a potential transaction and reduce the risk that an executive departs Adobe before an acquisition is consummated. The Committee and the company believe that a pre-existing plan will allow our executives to focus on continuing normal business operations and on the success of a potential business combination, rather than on seeking alternative employment. Further, a pre-existing plan ensures stability and will enable our executives to maintain a balanced perspective in making overall business decisions during a potentially uncertain period. To that end, Adobe provides certain change of control benefits as described below.

Each of our NEOs is an eligible participant in our 2020 Executive Severance Plan in the Event of a Change of Control (the “Change of Control Plan”). The Change of Control Plan provides for severance payments and fully accelerated vesting of outstanding equity awards for our NEOs and other members of senior management upon an involuntary termination of employment upon or following a qualifying change of control. The terms of the Change of Control Plan are described below.

We also maintain a Retention Agreement with Mr. Narayen, which provides similar benefits but does not require termination of his employment in order for him to receive the equity acceleration, as described below under “Executive Compensation-Change of Control.” Mr. Narayen’s original Retention Agreement, dated January 12, 1998, was amended February 11, 2008 based on his promotion to Chief Executive Officer, and was further amended on December 11, 2010 and December 5, 2014 in order to clarify the manner of compliance with, or exemption from, Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).

The Change of Control Plan and the Retention Agreement with Mr. Narayen do not provide for reimbursements or “gross-ups” of excise tax amounts under Section 4999 of the Code. Rather, under both of these arrangements, benefits would be reduced if doing so would result in a better after-tax economic position for the affected executive. The Committee and the company believe this is an appropriate allocation of the tax cost of these arrangements between Adobe and the executive and is consistent with market practice.

Our change of control arrangements are designed to be competitive with the pay practices of our peer group. The Committee periodically reviews the terms and conditions of our change of control arrangements and will make adjustments when and to the extent it deems appropriate. The Change of Control Plan will expire on December 13, 2023.

Additional details regarding our Change of Control Plan and the Retention Agreement with Mr. Narayen, including estimates of amounts payable in specified circumstances as of the last day of fiscal year 2020, are disclosed in the “ExecutiveCompensation-Change of Control-Potential Payments upon Termination and/or a Change of Control” table contained in this proxy statement.

Equity-Related Policies

Stock Ownership Guidelines

In 2003, our Board adopted stock ownership guidelines for all employees at the senior vice president level and above (including our executive officers) and directors, which the Committee reviews periodically. These guidelines are designed to align our executive officers’ interests with those of our stockholders by promoting long-term share ownership, which reduces the incentive for excessive short-term risk taking. Under the guidelines, our executive officers should hold 50% of the net shares acquired until they satisfy (and continue to satisfy) the minimum share ownership value requirements listed in the table below.

Minimum Ownership

Position

Value

Chief Executive Officer …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

20x base salary

President, Executive Vice President, or Chief Financial Officer ……………………..

10x base salary

Senior Vice President ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

3x base salary

The minimum share ownership levels for each title are determined annually using the following:

average base salary of the individuals holding such title as of December 31; and the average daily closing share price for the 30 days ending on December 31.

Once an executive officer achieves the minimum share threshold measured by the value of shares held, they should retain shares necessary to meet the minimum ownership requirement throughout the year. Shares that count toward the minimum share ownership levels include: shares owned outright and beneficially owned; shares purchased in the open market or inherited; shares acquired through the company’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan; vested restricted stock; vested RSUs, performance shares and performance units in our Deferred Compensation Plan; and shares issued from the exercise of vested options. Any shares held prior to the executive officer’s date of appointment will also count toward the ownership requirement.

The Committee reviews quarterly reports of the stock holdings of our officers and directors. Our Board may evaluate whether exceptions should be made in the case of any covered person who, due to his or her unique financial circumstances, would incur a hardship by complying with these guidelines. No such exceptions were granted or were in place in fiscal year 2020. As of November 27, 2020, each of our NEOs was in compliance with the applicable guidelines.

Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging Policy

Our insider trading policy explicitly prohibits any director or employee, including our NEOs, from hedging their equity ownership in Adobe by engaging in short sales or trading in any derivatives involving Adobe securities. All employees are also prohibited from holding Adobe stock in a margin account or otherwise pledging Adobe stock or using financial instruments such as prepaid variable forwards, equity swaps, exchange funds, and collars.

Performance-Based Compensation Recovery Policy

Our Board has adopted a Clawback Policy applicable in the event of a material restatement of our financial statements that results from the intentional misconduct or fraud of a Section 16 executive officer. The Clawback Policy enables the Board to require repayment or cancellation of the incremental portion of the performance-based incentive compensation paid or payable to such officer in excess of the amount that would have been paid or payable based on the restated financial results. We will also continue to monitor rule-making actions of the SEC and Nasdaq related to clawback policies and implement such rules when required.

In addition, as a public company subject to Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, if we are required to restate our financial results as the result of misconduct or due to our material noncompliance with any financial reporting requirements under the federal securities laws, our CEO and CFO may be legally required to reimburse us for any bonus or incentive-based or equity-based compensation they receive.

Granting Guidelines for Equity Compensation

Adobe has adopted written guidelines setting forth our grant practices and procedures for all equity awards. Pursuant to these guidelines:

  • • the vesting commencement date for our annual equity awards granted to our employees, including the NEOs, is January 24 of each year, unless another date is approved and documented by the Committee;

  • • the effective grant date for non-executive officer new hire RSU awards is the 15th day of the month following the month of the employee’s hire date, or, if that is not a trading day, the first trading day thereafter; and

  • • the effective grant date for promotion RSU awards is the 15th day of the month following the month of the employee’s promotion.

    Because the foregoing grant dates are pre-established, the timing of the release of material non-public information does not affect the grant dates for equity awards, and Adobe does not time the release of material non-public information based on equity award grant dates. Pursuant to our practices for executive officers, the effective grant date for new hire RSU and performance share awards is the executive officer’s hire date.

    The Committee approves all grants made to our executive officers on or before the grant date. The Committee also has the authority to approve non-executive officer stock option, performance share, and RSU awards. Our Board has also delegated to a Management Committee for Employee Equity Awards (consisting of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief People Officer & Executive Vice President, Employee Experience) the authority to approve RSU awards to non-executive officer employees in accordance with the granting guidelines described above and subject to Committee-approved vesting schedules and share limits. In addition, our Board has delegated to an Acquired Company & Retention Equity Awards Committee (consisting of the CEO in his capacity as a member of the Board) the authority to approve the assumption of outstanding awards in an acquisition, and the granting of stock option, performance share and RSU awards to employees and consultants. Pursuant to its charter, the Committee has the authority to establish the terms and conditions of our equity awards; therefore, the Committee may make exceptions to Adobe’s granting guidelines.

    In the event we award stock options, all stock option awards would be granted with an exercise price equal to or greater than the closing price of the underlying stock on the effective grant date or, in accordance with the terms of our approved equity plans, the closing price of the underlying stock on the last trading day prior to the effective grant date, if an award is granted on a non-trading day.

Tax and Accounting Considerations

The Committee considers the financial accounting and tax consequences to Adobe of our compensation programs and the tax consequences to our employees. In determining the aggregate number and mix of equity grants in any fiscal year, the Committee and management consider the size and share-based compensation expense of outstanding and new equity awards.

Section 162(m) of the Code generally disallows a tax deduction to public companies for compensation greater than $1 million paid for any fiscal year to certain executive officers. For taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, this limit applies to performance-based compensation that was previously eligible for exclusion from the $1 million deduction limit, unless the compensation is eligible for grandfathering under the December 2017 tax law changes.

The Committee believes it is important to preserve flexibility in administering and designing compensation programs. Accordingly, we do not require that all compensation be deductible as corporate objectives may not always be consistent with the requirements for full deductibility. The Committee expects it will grant awards and provide for compensation that will not be deductible under Section 162(m) when it believes that such non-deductible arrangements are otherwise in the best interests of Adobe and its stockholders.

Report of the Executive Compensation Committee

The Executive Compensation Committee has reviewed and discussed with management the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” contained in this proxy statement. Based on this review and discussion, the Executive Compensation Committee recommended to our Board that the Compensation Discussion and Analysis be included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 27, 2020 and in this proxy statement.

Respectfully submitted,

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

Amy Banse, Chair

Melanie Boulden Laura Desmond David Ricks

Summary Compensation Table for Fiscal Years 2020, 2019 and 2018

The following table sets forth information regarding the compensation for services performed during fiscal years 2020, 2019 and 2018 awarded to, paid to, or earned by the NEOs, which include (1) our Chief Executive Officer, (2) our Chief Financial Officer, and (3) our three other most highly compensated executive officers, as determined by reference to total compensation for fiscal year 2020, who were serving as executive officers at the end of fiscal year 2020.

Non-EquitySalaryBonusStock Awards(1)Incentive Plan CompensationAll Other Compensation

(2)

(3)

Name and Principal PositionYear

($)

($)

($)

($)

($)Total ($)

Shantanu Narayen ………………

2020$1,000,000$

  • $42,582,476 $

2,094,000$

  • 213,478 $45,889,954

    • Chairman, President, and 2019 1,000,000

      Chief Executive Officer

    • 2018 1,000,000

    37,025,873 25,539,764

  • 950,000 169,758 39,145,631

  • 1,824,313 33,451 28,397,528

    John Murphy ……………………….

    2020

    638,462

    8,577,610

    668,038

  • 9,378 9,893,488

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    2019

    575,000

    6,604,661

    273,125

  • 9,205 7,461,991

    2018

    532,115

    6,620,002

    469,415

  • 200,011 7,821,543

    Scott Belsky …………………………

    641,863

  • 8,790 9,841,725

    Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud

    Anil Chakravarthy(4) ………………

    2018 2020

    545,769 641,346

    – 1,250,000 3,000,000

    261,250

  • 8,634 7,424,545

    10,193,697 18,442,255

    516,758 675,660

  • 8,313 12,514,537

  • 9,283 22,768,544

Executive Vice President and GM, Digital Experience Business and Worldwide Field Operations

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(1)

These amounts do not reflect the actual economic value realized by the NEO. In accordance with SEC rules, this column represents the grant date fair value, computed in accordance with stock-based compensation accounting principles, of performance shares, assuming the probable outcome of related performance conditions, and RSUs. Pursuant to SEC rules, the amounts shown disregard the impact of estimated forfeitures. For additional information on the valuation assumptions, see Part II, Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of our Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements at Note 12, “Stock-Based Compensation.” As shown above in the table entitled “Equity Awards Granted by the Committee During Fiscal Year 2020,” performance share awards have a maximum payout of 200% of the target number of shares.

(2)

These amounts consist solely of amounts earned under our Executive Incentive Plans. Such amounts are paid in the subsequent fiscal year.

(3)

For all NEOs, these amounts for fiscal year 2020 include matching contributions under Adobe’s 401(k) Plan and life insurance premiums. For Mr. Narayen, the amounts also include the incremental cost of personal use of our corporate jet, based on variable costs for fuel, crew, catering, security, and airport fees, amounting to $197,322 and the costs of executive health concierge service in lieu of the executive physical and company-offered COVID testing.

(4)

Mr. Chakravarthy was not a named executive officer in fiscal year 2019 or 2018.

(5)

Mr. Parasnis was not a named executive officer in fiscal year 2018.

Abhay Parasnis (5) …………………

Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Product Officer, Document Cloud

2020 2019

642,307 600,000

– –

8,577,610 6,604,661

672,209 285,000

  • 9,065 9,901,191

  • 8,745 7,498,406

CEO Pay Ratio

The fiscal year 2020 annual total compensation of our CEO was $45,889,954 and the annual total compensation of our median compensated employee was $153,916, based on the methodology presented in the Summary Compensation Table. This resulted in a ratio of 298 to 1. For purposes of identifying the median employee, we took into account target annual base salary, target cash incentive bonus, and grant date accounting value of ongoing RSU and performance share awards granted to our employees, excluding Mr. Narayen, as of November 27, 2020. We annualized this compensation for employees who did not work the entire year.

The pay ratio reported above is a reasonable estimate calculated in a manner consistent with SEC rules based on our internal records and the methodology described above. The SEC rules for identifying the median compensated employee and calculating the pay ratio based on that employee’s total annual compensation allow companies to adopt a variety of methodologies, to apply certain exclusions, and to make reasonable estimates and assumptions that reflect their employee populations and compensation practices. Therefore, the pay ratio reported by other companies may not be comparable to the pay ratio reported above, as other companies have different employee populations and compensation practices and may utilize different methodologies, exclusions, estimates, and assumptions in calculating their own pay ratios.

Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2020

The following table shows all plan-based awards granted to the NEOs during fiscal year 2020. The equity awards granted in fiscal year 2020 identified in the table below are also reported in “Outstanding Equity Awards at 2020 Fiscal Year End.” For additional information regarding incentive plan awards, please refer to the Cash Incentives and Equity Incentives sections of our “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”

All Other Stock

Awards: NumberEstimated Future Payouts Under Non-Equity IncentiveEstimated Future Payouts Under Equity Incentive Plan

Plan Awards(1)

Awards(2)Grant DateThreshold

ThresholdTargetMaximumof Shares of Stock or Units(3)Grant Date Fair Value of Stock and

Option Awards(4)

($)

(#)

(#)

(#)

(#)

($)

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(1)

These columns represent awards granted under our Executive Incentive Plan for performance in fiscal year 2020. These columns show the awards that were possible at the threshold, target, and maximum levels of performance. Minimum performance under the Executive Incentive Plan could have resulted in a threshold amount equal to $0. Actual cash incentive awards earned in fiscal year 2020 by the NEOs under the Executive Incentive Plan are shown in the column titled “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” in the “Summary Compensation Table.”

(2)

These columns represent awards granted under our 2020 Performance Share Program, which was adopted under our 2019 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2019 Plan”). These columns show the awards that are possible at the threshold, target, and maximum levels of performance. If the company does not achieve the threshold performance metric, zero shares will be earned. Because our 2020 Performance Share Program is based on a three-year performance period, none of the performance shares can be earned until the performance period closes at the end of our 2022 fiscal year. See “Equity Awards Granted by the Committee During Fiscal Year 2020” in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement for additional discussion.

(3)

This column represents awards of RSUs granted under our 2019 Plan.

(4)

These amounts do not reflect the actual economic value realized by the NEO. In accordance with SEC rules, this column represents the grant date fair value, computed in accordance with stock-based compensation accounting principles, of each equity award. For additional information on the valuation assumptions, see Part II, Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of our Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements at Note 12, “Stock-Based Compensation.”

(5)

The grant date fair value included in this column for awards granted under our 2020 Performance Share Program is based on the probable outcome of the performance conditions associated with these grants determined as of the grant date, excluding the effect of estimated forfeitures.

Shantanu Narayen

– 1/27/2020 1/27/2020

$

  • $2,000,000

– –

– –

$4,000,000

  • – 24,920

– 65,579 –

– 131,158 –

– – 28,106

$ – 32,706,870 9,875,605

(5)

Scott Belsky ……….

– 1/27/2020 1/27/2020

  • – 613,050

– –

– –

1,226,100 – –

– 3,834 –

– 10,090 –

– 20,180 –

  • – 5,032,287 10,090 3,545,323

(5)

Target

Maximum

Name

($)

($)

John Murphy ………

638,050

1,276,100

1/27/2020

3,834

10,090

20,180

5,032,287

(5)

1/27/2020

10,090

3,545,323

Anil Chakravarthy.

645,330

1,290,660

1/27/2020

5,477

14,413

28,826

7,188,340

(5)

1/9/2020

33,056

11,253,915

Abhay Parasnis ….

642,033

1,284,066

1/27/2020

3,834

10,090

20,180

5,032,287

(5)

1/27/2020

10,090

3,545,323

Narrative Summary to Summary Compensation Table and Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2020 Table

The material terms of the NEOs’ annual compensation, including base salaries, the Executive Incentive Plan, the 2020 Performance Share Program, the time-based RSUs and the explanations of the amounts of salary, cash incentives, and equity values in proportion to total compensation are described under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” in this proxy statement. Our equity award granting practices are described above and our severance benefits are described under “Change of Control” in this proxy statement. None of our NEOs have entered into a written employment agreement with Adobe.

As discussed in greater detail in “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” the fiscal year 2020 non-equity incentive awards were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan, with amounts earned based on the achievement of certain financial and strategic objective goals, as well as the individual performance applicable to each respective NEO. Cash incentives were fully vested when earned.

As discussed in greater detail in “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” the fiscal year 2020 performance share awards will be settled in stock, subject to the terms of our 2020 Performance Share Program. Actual awards earned under the 2020 Performance Share Program will be determined based on the results achieved with respect to the three-year performance period, as certified by the Committee at the outset of our 2023 fiscal year, contingent upon each NEO’s continued service to Adobe.

The RSUs granted to our NEOs pursuant to our 2019 Plan at the outset of fiscal year 2020 vest over four years with 25% vesting on the first anniversary of the vesting commencement date, and then 6.25% vesting quarterly thereafter for the remaining three years of the grant subject to continued service through each applicable vesting date.

There is no purchase price associated with performance share or RSU awards. We did not pay dividends on our common stock during fiscal year 2020.

Effect of Death and Disability on Equity Compensation Awards

The terms and conditions of our RSU awards provide that if a recipient’s employment is terminated due to death or disability, the recipient will be given credit for an additional 12 months of service, resulting in vesting for the applicable award accelerating by 12 months.

The terms and conditions of our performance share awards granted in fiscal years 2018, 2019 and 2020 (which vest upon the later of the certification of the performance goals and the third anniversary of the grant date) provide that if a recipient’s employment is terminated due to death or disability before certification of the performance goals, the recipient will receive a prorated target award based on the number of months of service provided during the performance period.

Outstanding Equity Awards at 2020 Fiscal Year End

The following table sets forth information regarding outstanding equity awards as of November 27, 2020 for each NEO. All vesting is contingent upon continued employment with Adobe through the applicable vesting date and certain equity awards are subject to performance conditions, each as specified in the footnotes. Market values and payout values in this table are calculated based on the closing market price of our common stock as reported on Nasdaq on November 27, 2020, which was $477.03 per share. No stock options were outstanding as of November 27, 2020.

Stock Awards

Equity Incentive PlanNumber of Shares or Units of Stock That Have Not VestedMarket Value of Shares or Units of Stock That Have

Not VestedName

(#)

($)

John Murphy

5,750 (7) 1,278 (1)

2,742,923

609,644 –

– – 7,670 (2)

11,460 6,961 – 10,090 –

(8)

5,466,764

(3)

3,320,606 –

– –

24,750 (4)

(5)

4,813,233 –

20,180 (6)

– – 3,658,820 – – 11,806,493 – 9,626,465

_________________________

(1)

RSUs granted pursuant to our 2003 Plan. Three-year vesting with 1/3 vesting on each anniversary of the grant date. RSUs fully vested on January 24, 2021.

(2)

These amounts represent the maximum number of shares that could be earned under our 2018 Performance Share Program. The performance period ended at the end of fiscal year 2020, and certification was completed thereafter.

Equity Incentive Plan

Awards: Market or

Awards: Number of

Payout Value of

Unearned Shares, Units

Unearned Shares, Units

or Other Rights That

or Other Rights That

Have Not Vested

Have Not Vested

(#)

($)

Shantanu Narayen

20,448 (1)

$

23,202 (3)

28,106

9,754,309 – 11,068,050 – – 13,407,405

– 122,690 (2)

$

– 58,526,811 –

123,742 (4) 59,028,646

61,872 (4) 29,514,800

(5)

131,158 (6)

– 62,566,301

Scott Belsky

14,216 (9)

6,961 (3)

10,090 (5)

6,781,458 – 3,320,606 – 4,813,233 –

– 25,560

(2)

24,750 (4)

20,180 (6)

– 12,192,887 – 11,806,493 – 9,626,465

The awards fully vested on January 24, 2021. See the discussion in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement for actual achievement amounts.

(3)

RSUs granted pursuant to our 2003 Plan. Four-year vesting with 25% vesting on the first anniversary of the vesting commencement date, and then 6.25% vesting quarterly thereafter for the remaining three years of the grant. RSUs fully vest on January 24, 2023.

(4)

These amounts represent the maximum number of shares that could be earned under our 2019 Performance Share Program. The performance period will end at the end of fiscal year 2021, and the certification will be completed thereafter. The awards will fully vest as of the later of January 24, 2022 or the certification date.

(5)

RSUs granted pursuant to our 2019 Plan. Four-year vesting with 25% vesting on the first anniversary of the vesting commencement date, and then 6.25% vesting quarterly thereafter for the remaining three years of the grant. RSUs fully vest on January 24, 2024.

(6)

These amounts represent the maximum number of shares that could be earned under our 2020 Performance Share Program. The performance period will end at the end of fiscal year 2022, and the certification will be completed thereafter. The awards will fully vest as of the later of January 24, 2023 or the certification date.

(7)

RSUs granted pursuant to our 2003 Plan. Four-year vesting with 25% vesting on each anniversary of the grant date. RSUs fully vest on March 20, 2021.

(8)

RSUs granted pursuant to our 2003 Plan. Four-year vesting with 25% vesting on each anniversary of the grant date. RSUs fully vest on April 9, 2022.

(9)

RSUs granted pursuant to our 2003 Plan. Three-year vesting with 1/3 vesting on each anniversary of the grant date. RSUs fully vested on December 6, 2020.

(10)

RSUs granted pursuant to our 2019 Plan. Three-year vesting with 1/3 vesting on each anniversary of the grant date. RSUs fully vest on January 9, 2023.

Option Exercises and Stock Vested in Fiscal Year 2020

The following table sets forth information regarding the vesting during fiscal year 2020 of time-based stock-settled RSUs, and performance-based stock-settled awards granted under our 2017 Performance Share Program for each of the NEOs, on an aggregate basis. In January 2020, the Committee certified the results of our 2017 Performance Share Program at 200% of target. Because certification occurs in the year following the end of the three-year performance period, none of the awards under our 2018, 2019, or 2020 Performance Share Programs were eligible to be earned or vest in 2020.

The value realized on vesting of stock awards is based on the closing market price of our common stock as reported on Nasdaq on the vesting date of the stock-settled awards.

(#)

($)

$

(1)

Mr. Chakravarthy joined in January 2020 and has not vested any shares.

Option Awards

Stock Awards

Number of

Number of

Shares Acquired Value Realized

Shares Acquired Value Realized

on Exercise on Exercise

on Vesting on Vesting

Name

(#)

($)

Shantanu Narayen

236,780

$

83,735,675

John Murphy

18,172

6,037,264

Scott Belsky

19,631

6,417,529

Anil Chakravarthy(1)

Abhay Parasnis

65,605

23,213,168

_________________________

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation in Fiscal Year 2020

We originally adopted a Deferred Compensation Plan in December 2006, which has been amended from time to time and most recently in December 2019 to remove the ability of executive officer participants who are not directors to defer performance shares or RSUs granted after December 31, 2019. Under the terms of our Deferred Compensation Plan, eligible employees, including each of the NEOs, and directors may elect to defer the receipt of their cash compensation, and directors may elect to defer the receipt of a portion of equity compensation, they would otherwise have received when earned. Amounts deferred under the Deferred Compensation Plan are deemed invested in the investment funds selected by the participant with similar options as available under the 401(k) Plan. We do not contribute to the Deferred Compensation Plan on behalf of its participants, or match the deferrals made by participants, with the exception of situations in which an election to defer under the Deferred Compensation Plan would prevent a participant from receiving the full 401(k) company match. In those situations, we make a contribution to the Deferred Compensation Plan equal to the foregone 401(k) company match. Accordingly, amounts payable under the Deferred Compensation Plan generally are entirely determined by participant contributions and fund elections.

Participants in the Deferred Compensation Plan may elect to contribute 5% to 75% of their base salary and 5% to 100% of other specified compensation, including commissions and bonuses. Members of our Board may contribute 100% per vesting tranche of their RSU awards. Generally, participants may elect the payment of benefits with respect to cash and equity deferrals to begin on a specified date or upon termination of employment. Payment of cash deferrals may be made in the form of a lump sum or annual installments, subject to certain requirements. Payments of equity deferrals may only be made in the form of a lump sum. In addition, each participant elects whether to keep his or her account balance in the Deferred Compensation Plan or to receive a lump sum distribution upon a change of control. If a participant experiences an unforeseeable emergency during the deferral period, the participant may petition to receive a partial or full payout from the Deferred Compensation Plan. All distributions are made in cash, except that deferred RSUs are settled in Adobe stock.

Other than Mr. Narayen, no other NEOs participated in, or had an accrued balance under, the Deferred Compensation Plan in fiscal year 2020. The following table shows accrued balances under the Deferred Compensation Plan as of the last day of our 2020 fiscal year:

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation(1)

Aggregate balance at November 29, 2019

Executive contributions in fiscal 2020

Registrant contributions in fiscal 2020

Aggregate earnings fiscal 2020

Aggregate withdrawals/ distributions in fiscal 2020

Aggregate balance at November 27, 2020

Name

($)

($)

($)

($)

($)

($)

Shantanu Narayen ……..

$

5,214,655

$

907,694

$

$ 694,764

$

$

6,817,113

_________________________

(1)

Executive contribution amounts in this table are reflected in the Summary Compensation table for fiscal year 2020 and were reflected in prior years, as applicable. Aggregate earnings are not reflected in the Summary Compensation Table for fiscal year 2020 and were not reflected in prior years.

Change of Control

Each of the NEOs is eligible to receive severance benefits in the event of certain terminations of employment upon or after a change of control of Adobe, pursuant to the terms of our Change of Control Plan applicable to each of our current NEOs or, in the case of our Chief Executive Officer, upon or after a change of control of Adobe, in some cases whether or not his employment is terminated, pursuant to his Retention Agreement. Mr. Narayen would need to waive all benefits under his Retention Agreement to receive any benefits under the Change of Control Plan.

The terms of the Change of Control Plan are described below.

Change of Control Terms

Change of Control Plan. Each of our NEOs is an eligible participant in our 2020 Change of Control Plan. The Change of Control Plan will expire on December 13, 2023, unless extended by Adobe. If a change of control occurs prior to itsexpiration, the Change of Control Plan will terminate following the later of the date which is twelve months after the occurrence of a change of control or the payment of all severance benefits due under the Change of Control Plan.

Pursuant to the Change of Control Plan, if there is a qualifying change of control of Adobe (as defined in the plan), and within three months prior and twelve months following the change of control, one of our NEOs (other than Mr. Narayen) experiences a separation from service as a result of Adobe (or any successor) terminating his employment without cause (and not due to death or disability), or if he resigns for good reason, such executive officer would be eligible to receive:

  • • twenty-four months of salary and target bonus;

  • • a lump sum payment equal to eighteen months of COBRA premiums for the eligible executive and covered dependents; and

  • • accelerated vesting of all outstanding equity awards (including, for performance shares, solely to the extent shares are credited to the executive based upon performance achieved as of the change of control).

    In the event that any amount under the Change of Control Plan would constitute an excess parachute payment within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, the amounts payable will not exceed the amount which produces the greatest after-tax benefit to the affected individual. All of the benefits under the Change of Control Plan are conditioned upon the executive officer signing a release of claims.

    Chief Executive Officer Retention Agreement. Effective January 12, 1998, Adobe entered into a Retention Agreement with Mr. Narayen, which has been amended three times: the first time effective February 11, 2008, based on his promotion to Chief Executive Officer, and the second and third times on December 17, 2010 and December 5, 2014, respectively, both times in order to clarify the manner of compliance with, or exemption from, Section 409A of the Code, in light of updates to, and interpretations of, applicable tax regulations.

    Pursuant to his Retention Agreement, if there is a qualifying change of control of Adobe (as defined in the agreement), and prior to or within two years following the change of control, Mr. Narayen experiences a separation from service as a result of Adobe (or any successor) terminating his employment without cause, or as a result of a disability, or if he resigns for good reason, Mr. Narayen would be eligible to receive:

  • • thirty-six months of salary and target bonus;

  • • pro-rata target bonus for the fiscal year of termination based on the base salary then in effect; and

  • • COBRA premiums for him and covered dependents until the earlier of (1) the last month in which he and his covered dependents are eligible for and enrolled in COBRA coverage and (2) thirty-six months.

    Upon a change of control, regardless of whether his employment is terminated, Mr. Narayen would be eligible to receive accelerated vesting of all outstanding equity awards (including, for performance shares, solely to the extent shares are credited to him based upon performance achieved at the change of control) and any stock options would become fully exercisable.

    In the event that any amount under Mr. Narayen’s Retention Agreement would constitute an “excess parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, the amounts payable will not exceed the amount which produces the greatest after-tax benefit to Mr. Narayen. All benefits provided under the Retention Agreement are conditioned upon him signing a release of claims. The Retention Agreement has no expiration date.

2019 and 2003 Plans

In the event of a “Change of Control” (as defined in the 2003 Plan and the 2019 Plan, “COC”), the surviving, continuing successor or purchasing entity or its parent may, without the consent of any participant, either assume Adobe’s rights and obligations under outstanding awards or substitute substantially equivalent equity awards. If the acquiring entity elects not to do so, then all unexercised and unvested portions of all outstanding awards will become immediately exercisable and vested in full. Any awards which are not assumed or replaced in connection with a Change of Control or exercised prior to the Change of Control will terminate effective as of the time of the Change of Control.

Equity awards granted to non-employee directors generally provide under the applicable award agreements that the awards will fully accelerate immediately prior to the effective date of a Change of Control, subject to the consummation of the Change of Control. We have provided, and may provide in the future, additional benefits upon a Change of Control or other similar transactions. For example, our executive officers are either covered by the Change of Control Plan or, with respect to Mr. Narayen, his Retention Agreement, which provide for certain acceleration benefits applicable to equity compensation awards in the event of a Change of Control (see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis-Other Benefits and Programs-Severance and Change of Control Compensation” and “Executive Compensation-Change of Control” contained in this proxy statement for more information).

Performance Share Programs

Pursuant to our Performance Share Programs in 2018, 2019 and 2020, in the event of a change of control prior to the certification date, the performance period will be shortened and the Committee will determine the level of achievement and the number of shares credited as of immediately prior to the date of the change of control, but the applicable time-based service vesting requirements will continue to apply. The Change of Control Plan and Mr. Narayen’s Retention Agreement, as applicable, provide for acceleration of the applicable time-based service vesting requirements under our Performance Share Programs for the awards held by the NEOs, as described above.

Potential Payments upon Termination and/or a Change of Control

The following table sets forth the estimated potential payments and benefits payable to each NEO under the Change of Control Plan (as in effect on November 27, 2020), and in the case of Mr. Narayen, his Retention Agreement, in the event of a termination of employment and/or a COC, as if such termination or COC event had occurred on November 27, 2020, the last day of fiscal year 2020. The value of the equity awards is based on the closing market price of our common stock as reported on Nasdaq on November 27, 2020, which was $477.03 per share. Each NEO must sign a release of claims to receive any of the benefits below except those for Death/Disability, COC Only (continued employment), or COC Only/Equity Not Assumed or Substituted.

LumpTarget Bonus (1)

Sum Severance (2)Accelerated PerformanceAccelerated Restricted

Awards (3)Triggering Event

($)

($)

($)

Stock Units ($)Cont. Health Insurance Coverage (pres. val.)(4)Total (5)

($)

($)

Shantanu Narayen

Death/Disability(6)

$

  • $

  • – $ 69,205,604

Voluntary Termination/Involuntary

Termination with CauseInvoluntary Termination Without

Cause/Resignation for Good Reason

Involuntary Termination/

Resignation for Good Reason upon COC(7)

COC Only (continued employment)(8)

COC Only/Equity Not Assumed or

Substituted(9)

John Murphy

Death/Disability(6)

Voluntary Termination/Involuntary

– –

– –

7,369,160 –

9,667,013 –

  • – 17,036,173

Termination with CauseInvoluntary Termination Without

Cause/Resignation for Good Reason

Involuntary Termination/

638,050

2,600,000 (10)

12,545,889

16,953,169

15,085

32,752,193

Resignation for Good Reason upon COC(7)

COC Only (continued employment)(8)

COC Only/Equity Not Assumed or

– –

– 12,545,889

– 16,953,169

  • – 29,499,058

Substituted(9)

LumpTarget Bonus (1)

Sum Severance (2)Accelerated PerformanceAccelerated Restricted

Awards (3)Triggering Event

($)

($)

($)

Stock Units ($)Cont. Health Insurance Coverage (pres. val.)(4)Total (5)

($)

($)

Anil Chakravarthy

Death/Disability(6)

Voluntary Termination/ Involuntary Termination with Cause

– –

– –

2,291,652 –

5,255,917 –

  • – 7,547,569

Involuntary Termination Without Cause/Resignation for Good Reason

Involuntary Termination/

645,330

2,053,599 (11)

6,875,433

15,768,705

43,812

25,386,879

Resignation for Good Reason upon COC(7)

COC Only (continued employment)(8)

COC Only/Equity Not Assumed or

– –

– 6,875,433

– 15,768,705

  • – 22,644,138

    Substituted(9)

    _________________________

    (1)

    This amount represents the fiscal year 2020 target annual cash incentive opportunity under the Executive Incentive Plan. The cash incentive opportunity amount is pro-rated for the elapsed time in the current incentive period, assuming that all performance targets have been met; therefore, the amount reported is 100% of the target annual cash incentive opportunity. Actual fiscal year 2020 bonuses earned by each NEO are reported in the column titled “Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation” in the “Summary Compensation Table.”

    (2)

    Based on the base salary and target bonus on November 27, 2020.

    (3)

    This amount includes the full acceleration of the number of shares at 100% of target under the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Performance Share Programs. As of November 27, 2020, the 2018 Performance Share Program’s performance certification by the Committee was not completed; the 2019 and 2020 Performance Share Programs had not yet completed each of their respective performance periods. For purposes of this disclosure, achievement of performance is assumed to be 100%, but actual achievement may vary. The Committee’s certification of

  • Scott Belsky

    Death/Disability(6)

    Voluntary Termination/Involuntary

    Termination with Cause

    Involuntary Termination Without

    Cause/Resignation for Good Reason

    Involuntary Termination/

    Resignation for Good Reason upon COC(7)

    COC Only (continued employment)(8)

    COC Only/Equity Not Assumed or

    Substituted(9)

    – –

    – –

    11,636,193 –

    10,362,522 –

    • – 21,998,715

    613,050

    2,500,000 (10)

    16,812,922

    14,915,296

    43,812

    34,885,080

    – –

    – 16,812,922

    – 14,915,296

    • – 31,728,218

    Abhay Parasnis

    Death/Disability(6)

    Voluntary Termination/

    – –

    – –

    12,857,390 –

    6,020,118 –

  • – 18,877,508

Involuntary Termination with

Cause

Involuntary Termination Without

Cause/Resignation for Good

Reason

Involuntary Termination/

642,033

2,600,000

18,034,119

10,572,892

43,812

31,892,856

Resignation for Good Reason

upon COC(7)

COC Only (continued

employment)(8)

COC Only/Equity Not Assumed or

– –

– –

– 18,034,119

– 10,572,892

  • – 28,607,011

Substituted(9)

achievement under the 2018 Performance Share Program was completed on January 14, 2021. See the discussion in the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” section of this proxy statement for actual achievement amounts.

(4)

Amounts reported represent the present value of 18 months of COBRA payments with an estimated 4% premium increase every 12 months. The present value is calculated by using 120% of the short term applicable federal rate of 0.16%.

(5)

In accordance with the terms of the Change of Control Plan and Mr. Narayen’s Retention Agreement, all of the benefits in this table are subject to a reduction in the event the amounts payable would constitute an excess parachute payment within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, to the extent the reduced benefits would result in a better after-tax economic position for the effected NEO. See footnotes 10 and 11 below regarding Messrs. Belsky, Murphy, and Chakravarthy’s benefits.

(6)

For an explanation of benefits to be received by our NEOs as a result of death or disability, see “Executive Compensation-Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2020-Narrative Summary to Summary Compensation Table” and “Grants of Plan-Based Awards in Fiscal Year 2020 Table-Effect of Retirement, Death and Disability on Equity Compensation Awards” above.

(7)

For an explanation of benefits received by our NEOs as a result of an involuntary termination or resignation for good reason upon a COC, see “Change of Control” above.

(8)

Assumes that all equity awards were assumed or substituted by the hypothetical acquiring company. No benefits are payable to the NEOs pursuant to the Change of Control Plan and there is no accelerated vesting pursuant to the terms of the applicable equity award agreements if the NEOs’ employment continues after a COC; however, Mr. Narayen’s Retention Agreement provides that all outstanding equity awards (for performance shares, however, solely to the extent shares are credited at the change of control) accelerate and are immediately exercisable and vested in full upon a COC, regardless of whether his employment is terminated.

(9)

Assumes that equity awards were not assumed or substituted by the hypothetical acquiring company. Pursuant to the terms of the applicable equity plans, any unvested portions of any outstanding equity awards that are not assumed or substituted by the acquiring company are immediately vested in full as of the date immediately prior to the effective date of the COC.

(10)

Messrs. Belsky’s and Murphy’s total payments exceed their Section 280G threshold; however, receipt of the full amounts would result in a better after-tax economic position. Therefore, Messrs. Belsky’s and Murphy’s payments are not subject to a reduction and Messrs. Belsky and Murphy would receive their full lump sum severance.

(11)

Mr. Chakravarthy’s total payments exceed his Section 280G threshold, and a cutback of severance payments would result in a better after-tax economic position. Therefore, Mr. Chakravarthy’s payments are subject to a reduction and Mr. Chakravarthy would receive a reduced severance payment.

Equity Compensation Plan Information

The following table shows information related to our common stock which may be issued under our existing equity compensation plans as of November 27, 2020, including our 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“2020 ESPP”), 2003 Plan and 2019 Plan, plus certain non-stockholder-approved equity compensation plans and awards assumed by us (and which were not subsequently voted on by Adobe’s stockholders) in connection with certain acquisitions described below:

Number of securitiesPlan Category

Number of securities to be issued upon exercise of outstanding options, warrants and rights(1)Weighted-average exercise price of outstanding options, warrants and rights(1)(2)remaining available for future issuance under equity compensation plans (excluding securities reflected in first column)

Equity compensation plans approved by

Adobe’s stockholders ………………………………………………….. Equity compensation plans not approved by

8,398,958

(3)

Adobe’s stockholders(5) ………………………………………………

Total ………………………………………………………………………. _________________________

61,070 8,460,028

– $61.92 $61.92

50,618,758

(4)

– 50,618,758

(1)

Rights include performance shares and RSUs.

(2)

Weighted-average exercise prices are calculated without regard to performance shares and RSUs, which do not have any exercise price.

(3)

Includes 454,040 shares of common stock issuable pursuant to the terms of our 2018 Performance Share Program at maximum levels (200%) as of November 27, 2020. However, 173,710 shares were forfeited due to participants’ departure from Adobe prior to the certification date. Includes 520,936 shares of common stock issuable pursuant to the terms of our 2019 Performance Share Program at maximum levels (200%) as of November 27, 2020. This number does not include 92,682 shares at maximum levels (200%) under our 2019 Performance Share Program that were forfeited due to participants’ departure from Adobe prior to the certification date. Includes 459,166 shares of common stock issuable pursuant to the terms of our 2020 Performance Share Program at maximum levels (200%) as of November 27, 2020. This number does not include 52,894 shares at maximum levels (200%) under our 2020 Performance Shares Program that were forfeited due to participants’ departure from Adobe prior to the certification date.

(4)

Includes 12,564,605 shares that are reserved for issuance under the 2020 Employee Stock Purchase Plan as of November 27, 2020 and 38,054,153 shares that are reserved for issuance under the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan.

(5)

We assumed the outstanding stock awards under various equity incentive plans maintained by companies we acquired, as follows:

Company

Date of Acquisition

Auditude

October 18, 2011

Efficient Frontier

January 13, 2012

Behance

December 20, 2012

Neolane

July 22, 2013

Aviary

September 22, 2014

TubeMogul

December 19, 2016

Magento

June 19, 2018

Effective December 3, 2005, our Board adopted the Adobe Systems Incorporated 2005 Equity Incentive Assumption Plan (the “Assumption Plan”), which was amended by the Committee on November 16, 2009. The Assumption Plan permits the grant of non-statutory stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock purchase rights, stock bonuses, restricted stock, restricted stock units, performance shares and performance units using shares reserved under certain assumed plans (as described below). The Assumption Plan has not been approved by our stockholders. The terms and conditions of stock awards under the Assumption Plan are substantially similar to those under our 2019 Equity Incentive Plan. In accordance with applicable Nasdaq listing requirements, we previously granted new stock awards under the Assumption Plan to our employees who were not employed by or providing services to us or any of our affiliates prior to December 3, 2005 (other than employees of certain acquired companies prior to the acquisition dates, and their respective affiliates and subsidiaries).

Our Executive Compensation Committee elected to retire all remaining outstanding share reserves under the Assumption Plan in 2015 and no additional shares will be granted out of those Assumption Plan reserves. However, the plan remains in place to govern the awards issued and outstanding thereunder and to facilitate the assumption of, and grants from, equity plan share reserves as deemed appropriate in connection with potential future acquisitions.

In addition to the Assumption Plan, as of the fiscal year ended November 27, 2020, we maintained equity compensation plans covering stock awards that were assumed by us as follows: one plan in connection with the Auditude acquisition; one plan in connection with the Efficient Frontier acquisition; one plan in connection with the Behance acquisition; one plan in connection with the Neolane acquisition; one plan in connection with the Aviary acquisition; one plan in connection with the TubeMogul acquisition; and one plan in connection with the Magento acquisition, in each case under which stock awards had been granted by these predecessor entities that remained outstanding at the time of the respective acquisition. We did not assume the reserves of the plans from which these awards were issued. The “Equity compensation plans not approved by Adobe’s stockholders” row in the “Equity Compensation Plan Information” table above shows aggregated share reserve information for these awards in addition to the Assumption Plan. No future awards may be granted under any of our acquired plans.

Please see Part II, Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the notes to Consolidated Financial Statements at Note 12, “Stock-based Compensation” for further information regarding our equity compensation plans and awards.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial

Owners and Management

The following table sets forth the beneficial ownership of our common stock as of February 22, 2021 by each entity or person who is known to beneficially own 5% or more of our common stock, each named executive officer (“NEO”) identified in “Executive Compensation-Summary Compensation Table” contained in this proxy statement, each of our directors, and all of our directors and current executive officers as a group.

Amount and Nature of

Name of Beneficial

Beneficial

Percent of

Owner(1)

Ownership(2)(3)

Class(4)

The Vanguard Group ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

38,284,290

(5)

7.99%

100 Vanguard Blvd.

Malvern, PA 19355

BlackRock, Inc. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

37,765,781

(6)

7.88%

55 East 52nd Street

New York, NY 10022

FMR LLC ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

26,961,979

(7)

5.62%

245 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

Shantanu Narayen …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

365,345

(8)

*

John Murphy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

27,706

(9)

*

Scott Belsky …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

28,357

*

Anil Chakravarthy …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

5,598

*

Abhay Parasnis ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

43,746

*

Amy Banse …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

31,412

(10)

*

Melanie Boulden ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

309

(11)

*

Frank Calderoni …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

29,061

(12)

*

James Daley ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

36,096

(13)

*

Laura Desmond …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

29,096

(14)

*

Kathleen Oberg …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

2,264

(15)

*

Dheeraj Pandey …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

2,264

(16)

*

David Ricks ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

3,324

(17)

*

Daniel Rosensweig …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

16,278

(18)

*

John Warnock …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

445,442

(19)

*

All directors and current executive officers as a group (19 persons) …………

1,122,811

(20)

*

_________________________

*

Less than 1%.

(1)

The address of each person named in the table, unless otherwise indicated, is c/o Adobe Inc., 345 Park Avenue, San

Jose, California 95110.

(2)

This table is based upon information supplied by executive officers, directors and principal stockholders, as well as

beneficial ownership reports filed with the SEC. Unless otherwise indicated in the footnotes to this table, and subject

to community property laws where applicable, each of the stockholders named in this table has sole voting and

investment power with respect to the shares indicated as beneficially owned. None of the shares beneficially owned

by our executive officers and directors are pledged as security.

(3)

Holdings reported include any equity awards deferred under our deferred compensation plan.

(4)

Applicable percentages are based on 479,325,592 shares outstanding on February 22, 2021, adjusted as required by

rules promulgated by the SEC.

(5)

Based solely on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 10, 2021, reporting beneficial ownership as of

December 31, 2020, with sole dispositive power as to 36,134,761 shares, shared dispositive power as to 2,149,529

shares and shared voting power with respect to 838,547 shares.

(6)

Based solely on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on January 28, 2021, reporting beneficial ownership as of

December 31, 2020, with sole dispositive power as to all shares and sole voting power with respect to 32,539,340

shares.

(7)

Based solely on a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 8, 2021, reporting beneficial ownership as of

December 31, 2020, with sole dispositive power as to all shares and sole voting power with respect to 4,363,508

shares.

(8)

Shares held by the Narayen Family Trust, of which Mr. Narayen is a trustee.

(9)

Includes 11,480 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by

Mr. Murphy.

(10)

Includes 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by Ms.

Banse.

(11)

Includes 309 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by Ms.

Boulden.

(12)

Includes 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by Mr.

Calderoni.

(13)

Includes 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by

Mr. Daley.

(14)

Includes 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by Ms.

Desmond.

(15)

Includes 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by Ms.

Oberg.

(16)

Includes 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by Mr.

Pandey.

(17)

Includes 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by Mr.

Ricks.

(18)

Consists of 2,268 shares held by The Rosensweig 2012 Irrevocable Children’s Trust, of which Mr. Rosensweig is a

trustee; 11,909 shares held by the Rosensweig Family Revocable Trust, of which Mr. Rosensweig is a trustee; 1,177

shares held by Mr. Rosensweig; and 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of

restricted stock units held by Mr. Rosensweig.

(19)

Consists of 425,636 shares held by the Warnock Family Trust, of which Dr. Warnock is a trustee; 18,882 shares held

by Dr. Warnock; and 924 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units

held by Dr. Warnock.

(20)

Includes 20,105 shares issuable within 60 days of the date of this table upon vesting of restricted stock units held by our directors and current executive officers. See also footnotes 9 through 19.

PROPOSAL 1

Election of Directors

We currently have eleven members of our Board, all of whose terms will expire at the 2021 Annual Meeting. Stockholders will vote for the eleven nominees listed above in the section captioned “Board of Directors and Corporate Governance-Director Nominees” to serve for a one-year term expiring at our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Each director will serve until such director’s successor has been elected and qualified, or until such director’s earlier death, resignation or removal. Under the terms of our Restated Certificate of Incorporation, all directors of Adobe are elected to one-year terms and stand for election annually.

Each of the nominees is currently a director of Adobe and has previously been elected by our stockholders. There are no family relationships among our directors or executive officers. If any nominee is unable or declines to serve as a director, the Board may designate another nominee to fill the vacancy and the proxy will be voted for that nominee.

Vote Required and Board Recommendation

Our Bylaws require that each director be elected by the majority of votes cast (excluding abstentions) with respect to such director in uncontested elections. Under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, any nominee for director, in an uncontested election, who receives a greater number of votes “AGAINST” his or her election than votes “FOR” such election shall promptly tender his or her resignation to the Board, and the Board, after taking into consideration the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board, will determine whether or not to accept the director’s resignation. The election of directors pursuant to this Proposal is an uncontested election, and, therefore, the majority vote standard will apply. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not have any effect on the outcome of this Proposal. In tabulating the voting results for the election of directors, only “FOR” and “AGAINST” votes are counted.

THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” ALL NOMINEES

PROPOSAL 2

Approval of the Adobe Inc. 2019 Equity

Incentive Plan, as amended

At the 2021 Annual Meeting, our stockholders will be asked to approve the Adobe Inc. 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended (the “2019 Plan”), to increase the number of shares reserved for issuance by 6 million shares of our common stock.

Our Board believes that the 2019 Plan is a vital component of our employee compensation program, since it allows us the ability to compensate our employees, consultants, and non-employee directors whose contributions are important to our success by offering them the opportunity to participate in our future performance while at the same time providing an incentive to build long-term stockholder value. We operate in a competitive market and new hire grants are essential in helping us attract talented individuals. Likewise, annual grants are essential in helping us retain and motivate our most valuable employees. Both new hire grants and annual grants help keep employees’ interests aligned with the interests of our stockholders.

In February 2021, the Executive Compensation Committee, under authority delegated by the Board, approved the amendment to the 2019 Plan for the reasons discussed below, subject to approval by our stockholders. Our Board and management recommend that our stockholders approve the amendment to our 2019 Plan. If our stockholders do not approve the 2019 Plan, it will remain in effect with its current terms and conditions and the number of shares reserved for issuance will not increase.

Other than the increase in the number of shares reserved for issuance under our 2019 Plan, our 2019 Plan has not been amended in any material way since our stockholders last approved the 2019 Plan at our 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

2019 Plan Share Reserve

As of January 27, 2021, an aggregate of 34,018,438 shares of our common stock remained available for future grants under our 2019 Plan, which equates to 19,219,457 full value shares of common stock when applying the fungible ratio of 1.77. As of such date, 479,264,401 shares of our common stock were outstanding. If the increase in the number of shares reserved for issuance under the 2019 Plan is not approved, we may not have enough shares available to reliably sustain our equity grant programs in the future. We anticipate that if the amendment is approved, we will have sufficient shares to grant equity awards until approximately the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The shares requested may, however, last for a shorter or longer period of time depending on various factors, such as the number of grant recipients, future grant practices, our stock price, and forfeiture rates.

As a high-growth cloud technology company, Adobe utilizes a value-based equity strategy across all levels of our organization as we anticipate continued revenue and headcount growth in the future. We strive to maintain an effective incentive compensation program for Adobe in light of this anticipated growth to remain competitive for talent in the company’s market and support inorganic growth via strategic acquisitions, when appropriate. We will continue to manage dilution, as discussed below, and expense as we consider both our current equity strategy and whether it is reasonable and appropriate to make changes.

Adobe is committed to effectively managing its employee equity compensation programs in light of potential stockholder dilution. For this reason, in administering our equity compensation program, we consider both our “burn rate” and our “overhang” in evaluating the impact of the program on our stockholders. We define “burn rate” as the number of equity awards granted during the fiscal year, divided by the number of weighted average shares of common stock outstanding. The burn rate measures the potential dilutive effect of our equity grants. We define “total overhang” as the stock options outstanding but not exercised and outstanding full value awards (which include restricted stock units and similar awards), plus equity awards available to be granted, divided by the total shares of common stock outstanding. The overhang measures the potential dilutive effect of outstanding equity awards plus shares available for grant in our 2019 Plan.

We endeavor to ensure that our burn rate and overhang approximate the average rates of our peer group, and that they are within the limits recommended by certain independent stockholder advisory groups. We calculated a burn rate (without excluding forfeited or canceled awards and including performance shares at maximum) of 200% for fiscal year 2020 using a fungible ratio of 1.77 for each share subject to a full value award (a “full value share”). From time to time, the Board also calculates the burn rate using other ratios as we evaluate our burn rate in comparison to our peers and industry standards. Our average adjusted gross burn rate for our last three fiscal years is calculated to be 1.9%, which we estimate is approximately at the 23rd percentile when compared to our peer group using a conversion ratio of 2x for each Adobe full value share subject to an award. Our total overhang at the end of fiscal year 2020 is aligned with the 55th percentile when compared to our peer group. Additionally, purchases under our share repurchase program (as described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K) have enabled us to mitigate the dilutive effect of past awards under our equity plans.

Accordingly, the Board believes that the request for an additional 6 million shares for the 2019 Plan is reasonable and prudent to allow us to replenish our share usage from previous fiscal years, to continue our current granting practices in the future, and to be able to respond to growth (both organic and inorganic), market competition, and potential stock price fluctuations.

The closing market price of our common stock on January 27, 2021 was $460.00.

Equity Awards

Our 2019 Plan is the primary equity plan we use to grant equity awards. We also have awards outstanding under the 2003 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2003 Plan”), which the 2019 Plan replaced, and the 2005 Equity Incentive Assumption Plan (the “Assumption Plan”). The then remaining share reserves under the 2003 Plan and the Assumption Plan have been retired, but the plans remain outstanding to govern the awards issued and outstanding thereunder. Additional information regarding the 2003 Plan and the Assumption Plan can be found in “Equity Compensation Plan Information” above.

As of January 27, 2021, we had, under our 2019 Plan, the 2003 Plan, the Assumption Plan and other equity plans and grants assumed as the result of acquisitions, an aggregate of 57,331 shares subject to outstanding stock options, with a weighted average exercise price of $61.99 and a weighted average remaining term of 4.27 years, as well as 9,048,063 shares issuable upon vesting of outstanding RSUs and performance shares (at maximum payout with respect to performance shares). The burn rate and overhang figures discussed above take into account equity awards granted under the 2019 Plan, the 2003 Plan and the Assumption Plan and the shares remaining available for grant under the 2019 Plan.

Governance Provisions

The 2019 Plan contains a number of provisions that we believe are consistent with the interests of our stockholders and sound corporate governance and compensation practices, including:

  • Fungible share pool, with shares subject to awards other than options or stock appreciation rights counting as 1.77 shares against the total share limit

  • No recycling of shares or “liberal share counting”

  • No “liberal change in control” definition

  • No repricing or cashout of stock options without stockholder approval

  • No dividends on unvested awards

  • Limits on non-employee director cash and equity compensation

  • No excise tax gross ups

  • The ability to clawback awards under company clawback policies and/or any recoupment requirements imposed under applicable law or listing standards

Vote Required and Board Recommendation

Stockholders are requested to approve our 2019 Plan to increase the number of shares reserved for issuance by 6 million shares of common stock. A summary of the 2019 Plan is included below in the section captioned “Summary of the 2019 Plan, and the 2019 Plan, as amended to give effect to the amendments described in this Proposal 2, is attached to this proxy statement as Annex B.

We believe that the approval of the 2019 Plan to increase the share reserve is essential to continue to grow our business. The Board believes that equity awards in meaningful amounts motivate high levels of performance, align theinterests of our employees and stockholders by giving employees the perspective of an owner with an equity stake in the company and provide an effective means of recognizing employee contributions to the success of the company. The Board believes that equity awards are a competitive necessity in the environment in which we operate, and are essential to our continued success at recruiting and retaining the highly qualified technical and other key personnel who help the company meet its goals, as well as rewarding and encouraging current employees. The Board believes that the ability to continue granting meaningful equity awards will be important to our future success.

Approval of the 2019 Plan requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast, excluding abstentions, at this meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not have any effect on the outcome of this Proposal. Our executive officers and members of the Board have a financial interest in this Proposal because they are eligible to receive awards under the 2019 Plan.

THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THIS PROPOSAL

Summary of the 2019 Plan

The following paragraphs provide a summary of the principal features of the 2019 Plan. This summary does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the 2019 Plan, as amended, to give effect to this Proposal 2, a copy of which has been filed with the SEC with this proxy statement as Annex B. For purposes of this summary of the 2019 Plan, the term “Committee” refers to the Executive Compensation Committee, unless the context or applicable law requires otherwise.

History. Our 2019 Plan was originally adopted by the Committee, under authority delegated by the Board, in February 2019 and approved by our stockholders in April 2019. The 2019 Plan replaced our 2003 Plan under which no further awards may be granted. This is the first amendment to the 2019 Plan since its approval by our stockholders.

Purpose. Our 2019 Plan advances the interests of Adobe and our stockholders by providing equity-based incentives that are necessary in today’s competitive labor market to attract, motivate, reward, and retain employees, consultants, directors, and other advisors upon whose judgment and contributions we depend for our success. The 2019 Plan allows us to achieve these purposes by providing for grants of stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock purchase rights, stock grants, RSUs, performance shares, and performance units.

Eligibility. We may grant awards to employees (including executive officers) and consultants of Adobe, our subsidiary corporations, or other affiliated entities of Adobe and members of our Board. Pursuant to applicable tax law, we may grant incentive stock options only to employees; however, we may grant all other awards to any eligible participant. As of January 27, 2021, we had a total of 22,572 employees, including 10 executive officers, and 10 non-employee directors who would be eligible to be granted awards from the 2019 Plan. In fiscal 2020, approximately 94% of all equity awards, on a share basis, were issued to employees who are not NEOs or directors, with approximately 60% of all employees who are not NEOs or directors receiving awards.

Shares Subject to the 2019 Plan. We are proposing an increase in the available share reserve under the 2019 Plan by 6 million shares of our common stock. If this increase is not approved, we may not have enough shares available to reliably sustain our equity grant programs in the future. As of January 27, 2021, awards covering 6,070,488 shares were outstanding under the 2019 Plan’s existing share reserve, and 34,018,438 shares remained available for future awards under the 2019 Plan’s existing share reserve. If our stockholders approve the 2019 Plan, as amended, to increase the share reserve, then the maximum aggregate number of shares that may be issued under the 2019 Plan will be increased from 46,000,000 to 52,000,000.

Multiples for Determining the Number of Shares Available for Grant. The share reserve for the 2019 Plan is reduced by one share for each share granted pursuant to stock options or stock appreciation rights awarded at any time under the 2019 Plan, and by 1.77 shares for each share granted pursuant to all awards other than stock options or stock appreciation rights awarded under the 2019 Plan.

If any award granted under the 2019 Plan expires, lapses, or otherwise terminates for any reason without having been exercised or settled in full, or if shares subject to forfeiture or repurchase upon failure to vest at termination of service are forfeited or repurchased, such shares will again become available for issuance under the 2019 Plan in proportion to the number of shares by which the reserve was originally reduced at the time of grant or issuance. Shares will not be treated as having been issued under the 2019 Plan, and will therefore not reduce the number of shares available for grant, to the extent an award is settled in cash (other than stock appreciation rights). Shares will be treated as having been issued under the 2019 Plan to the extent such shares are withheld in satisfaction of tax withholding obligations or the payment of the award’s exercise or purchase price. Upon exercise of stock appreciation rights or net exercise of options, the gross number of shares exercised will be treated as having been issued under the 2019 Plan. Shares issued under the 2019 Plan may be authorized but unissued or reacquired shares of Adobe common stock or any combination thereof.

Share Adjustments for Changes in Capital Structure. Appropriate adjustments will be made to the number and class of shares reserved under the 2019 Plan, the other numerical limits described in the 2019 Plan and the number of shares and exercise or purchase price of outstanding awards granted under the 2019 Plan, in the event of any change in our common stock through a stock split, stock dividend, merger, reorganization, or similar change in Adobe’s capital structure, or in the event of a dividend or distribution to our stockholders in a form other than Adobe common stock (excepting normal cash dividends) that has a material effect on the fair market value of shares of Adobe common stock.

Award Types. The 2019 Plan authorizes the award of stock options, stock appreciation rights, stock grants, stock purchase rights, RSUs, performance shares, and performance units and cash-based amounts (including, without limitation, retainers) for services as a director.

Administration. The 2019 Plan is administered by the Board and the Committee (the “Plan Administrator”). The Board authorizes grants of awards to directors pursuant to the terms of the 2019 Plan. The Committee, which consists entirely of “non-employee directors” within the meaning of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act, is authorized to grant all types of awards to employees, executive officers and consultants. Subject to the provisions of the 2019 Plan and the authority delegated to it by the Board, the Committee determines, in its discretion, the persons to whom and the times at which awards are granted, the types and sizes of such awards, and all of their terms and conditions. The Plan Administrator interprets the 2019 Plan and may also establish rules and policies for administration of the 2019 Plan. The Plan Administrator has the power and authority to make all determinations and take any actions with respect to the 2019 Plan and awards granted under the 2019 Plan that the Plan Administrator deems advisable and otherwise not inconsistent with the 2019 Plan terms or applicable law.

In addition, the Board has delegated to the Management Committee for Employee Equity Awards, which currently consists of our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief People Officer & Executive Vice President, Employee Experience, the authority to grant RSUs to eligible employees who are not executive officers, directors or consultants in accordance with granting guidelines, vesting schedules and share limits approved by the Committee. The Board has also delegated to the Acquired Company & Retention Equity Awards Committee (the “CEO Committee”), consisting of the Chief Executive Officer, in his capacity as a member of the Board, the authority to grant new hire and retention RSU awards with customized vesting schedules, and to approve the assumption of outstanding awards in an acquisition and the granting of stock option, performance share and RSU awards to employees of the acquired company who continue as non-executive officers. The CEO Committee is also authorized to grant RSUs to consultants.

Stock Options. The Plan Administrator may grant stock options under the 2019 Plan. The exercise price of each stock option may not be less than the fair market value of a share of our common stock on the date of grant (except in connection with the assumption or substitution for another stock option in a manner qualifying under Sections 409A and 424(a) of the Code). In addition, any incentive stock option granted to a person who at the time of grant owns stock possessing more than 10% of the total combined voting power of all classes of our stock or any subsidiary corporation of Adobe (a “Ten Percent Stockholder”) must have an exercise price equal to at least 110% of the fair market value of a share of our common stock on the date of grant.

The Plan Administrator may permit payment of the exercise price of an option in such form of consideration as approved by the Plan Administrator to the extent permitted by applicable law.

Stock options become vested and exercisable at such times or upon such events and subject to such terms, conditions, performance criteria or restrictions as specified by the Plan Administrator. Stock options granted under the 2019 Plan will expire not later than seven years from the date of grant and in no event will the term of an incentive stock option granted to a Ten Percent Stockholder exceed five years. Subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of a change in our capital structure, we may not grant to any one employee in any fiscal year stock options which, together with Freestanding SARs (as defined below) granted that year, cover more than 4,000,000 shares in the aggregate.

Stock Appreciation Rights. The Plan Administrator may grant stock appreciation rights either in tandem with a related stock option (a “Tandem SAR”) or independently of any stock option (a “Freestanding SAR”). A Tandem SAR requires the stock option holder to elect either the exercise of the underlying stock option for shares of common stock which will result in the surrender of the related Tandem SAR, or the exercise of the Tandem SAR which will result in the surrender of the related stock option. A Tandem SAR is exercisable only at the time and only to the extent that the related stock option is exercisable, while a Freestanding SAR is exercisable at such times or upon such events and subject to such terms, conditions, performance criteria or restrictions as specified by the Plan Administrator, provided that a Freestanding SAR will expire not later than seven years from the date of grant. The exercise price of a stock appreciation right may not be less than the fair market value of a share of our common stock on the date of grant. Subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of any change in our capital structure, we may not grant to any one employee in any fiscal year Freestanding SARs which, together with any stock options granted that year, cover in the aggregate more than 4,000,000 shares.

Upon the exercise of a stock appreciation right, the participant is entitled to receive an amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of the underlying shares of common stock as to which the right is exercised over the aggregate exercise price for such shares. At the Plan Administrator’s discretion, we may pay this stock price appreciation in cash, in shares ofcommon stock whose fair market value on the exercise date equals the payment amount, or a combination of both. Payment generally is made in a lump sum as soon as possible following exercise.

Repricing Prohibition. Repricing a stock option or a stock appreciation right is prohibited without prior stockholder approval.

Stock Awards. Stock awards may be granted under the 2019 Plan in the form of a stock grant, a stock purchase right or an RSU. No monetary payment is required for receipt of shares pursuant to a stock grant or RSU, except that the participant must furnish consideration in the form of cash or past or future services rendered having a value not less than the par value of the shares acquired, to the extent required by law. The purchase price for shares issuable under each stock purchase right will be established by the Plan Administrator in its discretion and may be paid in cash, by check, in cash equivalent, by such other lawful consideration as approved by the Plan Administrator, or any combination thereof.

Stock awards may be granted by the Plan Administrator subject to such restrictions for such periods as determined by the Plan Administrator and set forth in a written agreement between Adobe and the participant, and neither the award nor the shares acquired pursuant to the award may be sold or otherwise transferred or pledged until the restrictions lapse or are terminated. Restrictions may lapse in full or in installments on the basis of the participant’s continued service or other factors, such as the attainment of one or more performance goals established by the Plan Administrator.

Unless determined otherwise by the Plan Administrator, a participant generally will have all the rights of a stockholder, including voting rights and the right to receive dividends with respect to shares underlying a stock grant or stock purchase right. The Plan Administrator may grant dividends or dividend equivalent rights with respect to stock grants, stock purchase rights and RSUs but payments with respect to such dividends or dividend equivalent rights will not be made unless the related award vests. Subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of any change in our capital structure, the 2019 Plan limits the granting of stock awards in any fiscal year to any one employee to 1.5 million shares in the aggregate.

Performance Awards. The Plan Administrator may grant performance shares and performance units (“performance awards”) subject to such conditions and the attainment of such performance goals over such periods as the Plan Administrator determines. Performance shares and performance units are unfunded bookkeeping entries generally having initial values equal to the fair market value determined on the grant date of one share of common stock and $100 per unit, respectively. Performance awards will specify a predetermined amount of performance shares or performance units that may be earned by the participant to the extent that one or more predetermined performance goals are attained within a predetermined performance period. The final amount payable under a performance award in settlement of the performance award will depend on the extent to which the performance goals are attained during the performance period, as determined by the Committee. We may settle performance awards to the extent earned in cash, shares of our common stock (including shares of restricted stock) or a combination of both. The Plan Administrator may grant dividend equivalent rights with respect to performance shares for cash dividends, which may be paid to the participant in the form of cash, shares of common stock or a combination of both but will only be payable if the related performance shares are earned.

Subject to appropriate adjustment in the event of any change in our capital structure, the 2019 Plan limits the granting of performance shares to any one employee to the number that could result in the employee receiving more than 1.5 million shares in the aggregate during any fiscal year or performance units to any one employee to the number that could result in the employee receiving more than $2,500,000 during any fiscal year of the company.

Performance goals will be based on the achievement of company-wide, divisional or individual goals or any other basis determined by the Plan Administrator in its discretion.

Following completion of the applicable performance period, the Plan Administrator will determine the extent to which the applicable performance goals have been attained and the resulting value to be paid to the participant. The Plan Administrator may otherwise make positive or negative adjustments to performance award payments to participants to reflect the participant’s individual job performance or other factors determined by the Plan Administrator.

Award Limits. Awards granted in previous fiscal years will not count toward award limits in subsequent years, even if awards from previous fiscal years are earned or settle in future years. In addition, more than one award of the same type can be granted in a fiscal year, as long as the aggregate number of shares of common stock granted pursuant to all awards of that type do not exceed the fiscal year limit applicable to that award type. Subject to appropriate adjustment in the eventof any change in our capital structure, the 2019 Plan limits the value of the aggregate cash-based and stock-based awards granted in any fiscal year to any one non-employee director to $1.5 million in the aggregate.

Clawback/Recovery. Any award granted under the 2019 Plan is subject to recovery pursuant to any clawback requirements that the Plan Administrator sets forth in the award agreement and any clawback policy that Adobe has adopted or otherwise is required to adopt under applicable law. In addition, performance-based awards granted under the 2019 Plan to our executive officers are subject to recovery pursuant to the clawback policy adopted by the Board.

Change of Control. In the event of a “Change of Control” (as defined in the 2019 Plan), the surviving, continuing successor or purchasing entity or its parent may, without the consent of any participant, either assume Adobe’s rights and obligations under outstanding awards or substitute substantially equivalent equity awards. If the acquiring entity elects not to do so, then all unexercised and unvested portions of all outstanding awards will become immediately exercisable and vested in full, except that vesting of performance share awards will be based on achievement of applicable performance goals determined as of the Change of Control, unless the Committee determines otherwise. Any awards which are not assumed or replaced in connection with a Change of Control or exercised prior to the Change of Control will terminate effective as of the time of the Change of Control.

Equity awards granted to directors generally provide under the applicable award agreements that the awards will fully accelerate immediately prior to the effective date of a Change of Control, subject to the consummation of the Change of Control.

In the event of a Change of Control or other similar transactions, our executive officers are either covered by the terms of a separate retention agreement or the 2020 Executive Severance Plan in the Event of a Change of Control (“Change of Control Plan”), which provide for certain acceleration benefits applicable to equity awards in the event of a Change of Control. Benefits under the Change of Control Plan require both a qualifying change of control and a qualifying termination of employment within three months prior and twelve months after the occurrence of a Change of Control (see “Compensation Discussion and Analysis-Other Benefits and Programs-Severance and Change of Control Compensation” and “Executive Compensation-Change of Control” contained in this proxy statement for more information).

Transferability. Generally, awards under the 2019 Plan may not be transferred except by will or the laws of descent and distribution, and may be exercised during a participant’s lifetime only by the participant.

Tax Withholding. To the extent permitted by law, we may deduct from the shares issuable to a participant upon the exercise or settlement of an award, or accept from the participant the tender of, shares having a value equal to all or any part of the tax withholding obligations; provided that, the value of shares withheld or tendered to satisfy any such tax withholding obligations may not exceed the amount determined by the Plan Administrator or the amount of taxes owed by the participant up to the maximum statutory tax rate in the participant’s applicable jurisdiction.

Termination or Amendment. The 2019 Plan will continue in effect until the first to occur of (1) its termination by the Board, or (2) the date on which all shares available for issuance under the 2019 Plan have been issued and all restrictions on such shares under the terms of the 2019 Plan and the agreements evidencing awards granted under the 2019 Plan have lapsed. All incentive stock options must be granted, if at all, within ten years from the earlier of the date the 2019 Plan was adopted by the Board or the Committee or the date the 2019 Plan was approved by our stockholders.

The Plan Administrator may terminate or amend the 2019 Plan at any time, provided that without stockholder approval, the 2019 Plan cannot be amended to effect any change that would require stockholder approval under any applicable law, regulation or rule. Further, generally no termination or amendment of the 2019 Plan may adversely affect an outstanding award without the participant’s consent, unless such termination or amendment is necessary to comply with applicable law, regulation, or rule.

Summary of Federal Income Tax Consequences

The following summary is intended only as a general guide to the current U.S. federal income tax consequences of participation in the 2019 Plan and does not attempt to describe all possible federal or other tax consequences of such participation or tax consequences based on particular circumstances, and, among other considerations, does not describe state, local, or international tax consequences. Furthermore, the tax consequences are complex and subject to change, and a taxpayer’s particular situation may be such that some variation of the described rules is applicable.

Incentive Stock Options. A participant recognizes no taxable ordinary income as a result of the grant or exercise of an incentive stock option qualifying under Section 422 of the Code. However, the exercise of an incentive stock option may increase the participant’s alternative minimum tax liability, if any.

If a participant holds stock acquired through the exercise of an incentive stock option for more than two years from the date on which the stock option was granted and more than one year after the date the stock option was exercised for those shares, any gain or loss on a disposition of those shares (a “qualifying disposition”) will be a long-term capital gain or loss. Upon such a qualifying disposition, Adobe will not be entitled to any income tax deduction.

Generally, if the participant disposes of the stock before the expiration of either of those holding periods described above (a “disqualifying disposition”), then at the time of such disqualifying disposition the participant will realize taxable ordinary income equal to the lesser of (1) the excess of the stock’s fair market value on the date of exercise over the exercise price, or (2) the participant’s actual gain, if any, on the purchase and sale. The participant’s additional gain or any loss upon the disqualifying disposition will be a capital gain or loss, which will be long term or short term depending on whether the stock was held for more than one year. To the extent the participant recognizes ordinary income by reason of a disqualifying disposition, generally Adobe will be entitled to a corresponding income tax deduction in the tax year in which the disqualifying disposition occurs.

Nonstatutory Stock Options and Stock Appreciation Rights. A participant generally recognizes no taxable ordinary income as a result of the grant of a nonstatutory stock option or stock appreciation right with a per share exercise price equal to not less than the fair market value of a share of the underlying stock on the date of grant. Upon exercise of a nonstatutory stock option or stock appreciation right, the participant generally recognizes ordinary income in the amount equal to the excess of the fair market value of the exercised shares on the date of purchase over the exercise price of such shares. Generally, Adobe will be entitled to an income tax deduction in the taxable year in which such ordinary income is recognized by the participant.

Upon the disposition of stock acquired by the exercise of a nonstatutory stock option, any gain or loss, based on the difference between the sale price and the fair market value of the stock on the exercise date, will be taxed as capital gain or loss.

Stock Grants and Stock Purchase Rights. A participant acquiring stock generally will recognize ordinary income equal to the difference between the fair market value of the shares on the “determination date” and the participant’s purchase price, if any. The “determination date” is the date on which the participant acquires the shares unless they are subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture and are not transferable, in which case the determination date is the earlier of (1) the date on which the shares become transferable, or (2) the date on which the shares are no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture. If the determination date is after the date on which the participant acquires the shares, the participant may elect, pursuant to Section 83(b) of the Code, to have the date of acquisition be the determination date by filing an election with the Internal Revenue Service no later than 30 days after the date the shares are acquired. Upon the sale of shares acquired pursuant to a stock award, any gain or loss, based on the difference between the sale price and the fair market value on the determination date, will be taxed as a capital gain or loss. Such gain or loss will be long term or short term depending on whether the stock was held for more than one year. Adobe generally will be entitled to a corresponding income tax deduction in the taxable year in which ordinary income is recognized by the participant.

Restricted Stock Units. A participant generally recognizes no taxable ordinary income as a result of the grant of an RSU award. In general, the participant will recognize ordinary income in the year in which the shares subject to that award vest and are actually issued to the participant, in an amount equal to the fair market value of the shares on the date of issuance. Adobe generally will be entitled to an income tax deduction equal to the amount of ordinary income recognized by the participant for the taxable year in which such ordinary income is recognized by the participant.

Performance Awards. A participant generally will recognize no income as a result of the grant of a performance share or a performance unit award. Upon the settlement of such awards, participants generally will recognize ordinary income in the year of receipt in an amount equal to the cash received, if any, and the fair market value of any unrestricted shares received. If the participant receives shares of restricted stock, the participant generally will be taxed in the same manner as described above in “Stock Grants and Stock Purchase Rights.” Upon the sale of any shares received, any gain or loss, based on the difference between the sale price and the fair market value on the “determination date,” will be taxed as a capital gain or loss. Adobe generally will be entitled to a deduction equal to the amount of ordinary income recognized by the participant for the taxable year in which such ordinary income is recognized by the participant.

Section 409A. Section 409A of the Code provides certain requirements for non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements with respect to an individual’s deferral and distribution elections and permissible distribution events. Awards granted under the 2019 Plan with a deferral feature generally will be subject to the requirements of Section 409A. If an award is subject to and fails to satisfy the requirements of Section 409A, the recipient of that award may recognize ordinary income on the amounts deferred under the award, to the extent vested, which may be prior to when the compensation actually or constructively is received. Also, if an award that is subject to Section 409A fails to comply with Section 409A’s provisions, Section 409A imposes an additional 20% federal income tax on compensation recognized as ordinary income, as well as interest on such deferred compensation.

Awards under the 2019 Plan

Awards under the 2019 Plan are made at the discretion of the Committee. Therefore, the benefits and amounts that will be received or allocated under the amended 2019 Plan in the future are not determinable at this time. No awards have been granted that are contingent on the approval of the amendment to the 2019 Plan.

Pursuant to the terms of our current 2021 and 2022 Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy, our eligible directors will each receive, on the day of the 2021 Annual Meeting, an annual grant of RSUs under the 2019 Plan, which will vest 100% on the day of our next annual meeting of stockholders. The annual grant is valued at $300,000 per director (on the date of grant) and is converted into RSUs as described in “Director Compensation-Equity Awards” in this proxy statement. The aggregate dollar value of anticipated awards to be made to our ten non-employee directors eligible to receive awards under the 2019 Plan on April 20, 2021 (the day of the scheduled date of the 2021 Annual Meeting), based on the valuation method described under “Director Compensation-Equity Awards” in this proxy statement, is $3,000,000. As of January 27, 2021, there were 6,070,488 shares of common stock subject to outstanding unvested RSUs and performance shares (at maximum payout with respect to performance shares) under the 2019 Plan. No stock options have been granted under the 2019 Plan.

PROPOSAL 3

Ratification of Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting

Firm

The Audit Committee appointed KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending on December 3, 2021, and urges you to vote for ratification of KPMG’s appointment. KPMG has audited our financial statements since fiscal year 1983. Although we are not required to seek your approval of this appointment, we believe it is good corporate governance to do so. No determination has been made as to what action our Audit Committee would take if you do not ratify the appointment. Even if the appointment is ratified, the Audit Committee retains discretion to appoint a new independent registered public accounting firm if the Audit Committee concludes such a change would be in the best interests of Adobe and its stockholders.

We expect representatives of KPMG to be present at the 2021 Annual Meeting and available to respond to appropriate questions by stockholders. Additionally, the representatives of KPMG will have the opportunity to make a statement if they so desire.

Vote Required and Board Recommendation

Stockholder ratification of the appointment of KPMG as our independent registered public accounting firm requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast, excluding abstentions, at this meeting. Abstentions will not have any effect on the outcome of this Proposal and there will be no broker non-votes with respect to this Proposal because it is the only item on the agenda on which brokers may exercise their discretion to vote for or against the Proposal in the absence of instruction from the beneficial owners.

THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THIS PROPOSAL

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

During fiscal years 2020 and 2019, we retained KPMG to provide services in the following categories and amounts:

Fee Category

Fiscal 2020 Fiscal 2019

Audit Fees ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $ 6,882,189

$ 6,048,000

Audit-Related Fees …………………………………………………………………………………………………. Tax Fees ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. All Other Fees ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • 499,874 1,271,557

  • 696,952 885,263

Total ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $ 8,079,015

– $ 8,204,820

Audit fees include the audit of Adobe’s annual financial statements, review of financial statements included in each of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and services that are normally provided by KPMG in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements for those fiscal years. This category also includes audit related work over our ongoing adoption of new accounting standards and acquisitions.

Audit-related fees consist of fees for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of our financial statements. This category includes fees primarily related to due diligence in connection with completed acquisitions and service organization control examinations.

Tax fees consist of fees for professional services for tax compliance and consulting, including for matters related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This category includes fees primarily related to the preparation and review of federal, state, and international tax returns and assistance with tax audits.

All other fees include assurance services not related to the audit or review of our financial statements. This category includes fees primarily related to due diligence in connection with proposed acquisitions and review of finance integration strategy and process for its acquired companies.

Our Audit Committee determined that the rendering of non-audit services by KPMG is compatible with maintaining the independence of KPMG.

Audit Committee Pre-Approval Policy

It is the policy of our Audit Committee to pre-approve all audit and permissible non-audit services to be performed by KPMG. Our Audit Committee pre-approves services by authorizing specific projects within the categories outlined above, subject to a budget for each category. Our Audit Committee’s charter gives the Audit Committee the power to delegate to a subcommittee when appropriate, or to one or more members of the Audit Committee, the authority to address and grant any requests for pre-approval of services between Audit Committee meetings, and the subcommittee or such member or members must report any pre-approval decisions to our Audit Committee at its next scheduled meeting.

All services related to audit fees, audit-related fees, tax fees, and all other fees provided by KPMG during fiscal years 2020 and 2019 were pre-approved by the Audit Committee in accordance with the pre-approval policy described above.

For more information on KPMG, please see “Report of the Audit Committee.”

Report of the Audit Committee

The Audit Committee’s role includes assisting the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities related to the oversight of our financial, accounting, and reporting processes; our system of internal accounting and financial controls; our enterprise risk management program; and our compliance with related legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements. The Audit Committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation, engagement, retention, termination, and services of our independent registered public accounting firm, including conducting a review of its independence; reviewing and approving the planned scope of our annual audit; overseeing our independent registered public accounting firm’s audit work; reviewing and pre-approving any audit and non-audit services that may be performed by our independent registered public accounting firm; reviewing with management and our independent registered public accounting firm the adequacy of our internal financial and disclosure controls; reviewing our critical accounting policies and the application of accounting principles; reviewing the auditors’ report and critical audit matters; monitoring the rotation of partners of our independent registered public accounting firm on our audit engagement team as required by regulation; reviewing the company’s policies and practices with respect to swaps transactions; overseeing Adobe’s worldwide investment policy; and overseeing the performance of our internal audit function. The Audit Committee establishes procedures, as required under applicable regulation, for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by us regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters. The Audit Committee also reviews and discusses with management the adequacy and effectiveness of the company’s information and technology security policies and the internal controls regarding information and technology security, cybersecurity, and privacy. The Audit Committee’s role also includes meeting to review our annual audited financial statements and quarterly financial statements with management and our independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee held eight meetings during fiscal year 2020. The Audit Committee has the authority to obtain independent advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting, and other advisors, at Adobe’s expense.

Each member of the Audit Committee meets the independence criteria prescribed by applicable regulations and the rules of the SEC for audit committee membership and is an “independent director” within the meaning of applicable Nasdaq listing standards. Each Audit Committee member meets Nasdaq’s financial sophistication requirements, and the Board has further determined that each Audit Committee member is an “audit committee financial expert” as such term is defined in Item 407(d) of Regulation S-K. The Audit Committee acts pursuant to a written charter, which complies with the applicable provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and related rules of the SEC and Nasdaq, a copy of which can be found on our website at: http://www.adobe.com/investor-relations/governance.html.

The Audit Committee is involved in closely monitoring and negotiating KPMG’s annual audit fees and any audit-related, tax, or other fees that arise during the year. The Audit Committee conducts an annual evaluation of the independent registered public accounting firm in connection with the committee’s determination of whether to continue to retain KPMG or engage another firm as Adobe’s independent external auditor.

In the course of these reviews, the committee has considered, among other things:

  • • KPMG’s historical and recent performance, including the results of an internal survey of KPMG’s service, quality, and professional reputation, utilizing the questionnaire published by the Center for Audit Quality;

  • • external data relating to audit quality and performance, including recent Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) reports on KPMG and its peer firms;

  • • the value of KPMG’s services in light of the fees charged to Adobe;

  • • KPMG’s tenure as our independent auditor and its familiarity with our global operations and businesses, accounting policies and practices and internal control over financial reporting;

  • • KPMG’s capability and expertise in handling the breadth and complexity of our worldwide operations;

  • • KPMG’s integrity and objectivity; and

  • • KPMG’s independence.

Based on this evaluation, including the factors discussed above, the Audit Committee has concluded that KPMG is independent and believes it is in the best interests of Adobe and its stockholders to retain KPMG to serve as the company’sindependent registered public accounting firm for fiscal year 2021. Accordingly, the Audit Committee has reappointed KPMG as Adobe’s independent external auditor for fiscal year 2021.

We have reviewed and discussed with management and KPMG our audited financial statements. We discussed with KPMG and Adobe’s internal auditors the overall scope and plans of their audits. We met with KPMG, with and without management present, to discuss results of its examinations, its evaluation of Adobe’s internal controls, and the overall quality of Adobe’s financial reporting.

We have reviewed and discussed with KPMG matters required to be discussed pursuant to the PCAOB Auditing Standard 1301 “Communications with Audit Committees” and Rule 2-07 of Regulation S-X, “Communications with Audit Committees.” We have received from KPMG the written disclosures and letter required by the applicable requirements of the PCAOB regarding KPMG’s communications with the Audit Committee concerning independence. We have discussed with KPMG matters relating to its independence, including a review of both audit and non-audit fees, and considered the compatibility of non-audit services with KPMG’s independence.

Based on the reviews and discussions referred to above and our review of Adobe’s audited financial statements for fiscal year 2020, we, the Audit Committee as of the end of fiscal year 2020, recommended to the Board that Adobe’s audited financial statements be included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 27, 2020, for filing with the SEC.

Respectfully submitted,

AUDIT COMMITTEE Kathleen Oberg, Chair James Daley

Dheeraj Pandey Daniel Rosensweig

PROPOSAL 4

Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation

In accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Section 14A of the Exchange Act, Adobe is asking its stockholders to cast a non-binding, advisory vote to approve the fiscal year 2020 compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this proxy statement (our “NEOs”). This Proposal, commonly known as “say-on-pay,” gives our stockholders the opportunity to express their views on the design and effectiveness of our executive compensation programs.

As described in detail under the heading “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” within the Executive Compensation section of this proxy statement, our executive compensation programs are designed to align the interests of our executive officers with those of our stockholders, as well as attract, motivate, and retain key employees who are critical to our success. Under these programs, our executive officers, including our NEOs, are motivated to achieve specific financial and strategic objectives that are expected to increase stockholder value. Please read the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and the accompanying tables and narrative discussion for additional details about our executive compensation programs, including information about the fiscal year 2020 compensation of our NEOs. Biographical information regarding our executive officers is contained in the section titled “Executive Officers”.

Advisory Vote and Board Recommendation; Vote Required

We request stockholder approval of the fiscal year 2020 compensation of our NEOs as disclosed in this proxy statement pursuant to the SEC’s compensation disclosure rules (which disclosure includes the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” the compensation tables, and the narrative discussion that accompanies the compensation tables within the Executive Compensation section of this proxy statement). We encourage you to review the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and accompanying compensation tables and narrative discussion elsewhere in this proxy statement for a description and analysis of our principal executive compensation actions and decisions for fiscal year 2020.

This vote is not intended to address any specific element of compensation, but rather the overall compensation of our NEOs and the compensation philosophy, policies, practices and disclosures described in this proxy statement.

Accordingly, we ask that you vote “FOR” the following resolution at this meeting:

“RESOLVED, that the stockholders of Adobe Inc. approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the named executive officers as disclosed in the company’s proxy statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders pursuant to the compensation disclosure rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Compensation Discussion and Analysis, the 2020 Summary Compensation Table and the accompanying compensation tables and narrative discussion within the Executive Compensation section of this proxy statement.”

Approval of the above resolution requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast, excluding abstentions, at this meeting. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not have any effect on the outcome of this Proposal. As an advisory vote, the outcome of the vote on this Proposal is not binding upon us or our Board. However, our Executive Compensation Committee, which is responsible for designing and administering our executive compensation programs, values the opinions expressed by our stockholders in their vote on this Proposal and will consider the outcome of this vote when making future compensation decisions for our executive officers. We hold such advisory votes on executive compensation each year and will hold another advisory vote at our 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THIS PROPOSAL

Information About the Meeting, Voting and Proxies

Date, Time, and Place of Meeting

Date & Time

Location

Record Date

Quorum for the Annual Meeting

In order to have a quorum to hold the meeting and conduct business, a majority of our outstanding shares entitled to vote as of the record date must be present at the meeting. Your shares will be counted as present at the meeting if:

  • • you are entitled to vote and you are present in person at the meeting; or

  • • you have properly voted by proxy online, by phone, or by submitting a proxy card or voting instruction card.

    Both abstentions and broker non-votes are counted for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum.

Proxy Materials are Available on the Internet

We have elected to provide access to our proxy materials, including this proxy statement, our 2020 Annual Report, and a form of proxy card, over the Internet. Accordingly, a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the “Notice of Internet Availability”) will be mailed on or about March 5, 2021 to most of our stockholders who owned our common stock at the close of business on the Record Date. The Notice of Internet Availability contains instructions about how to access our proxy materials over the Internet and vote online or by telephone. The Notice of Internet Availability will also provide instructions on how you can elect to receive future proxy materials electronically or in printed form by mail. All stockholders who have previously requested a paper copy of our proxy materials will continue to receive a paper copy of the proxy materials by mail.

If you choose to receive future proxy materials electronically, you will receive an email next year with instructions containing a link to the proxy materials and a link to the proxy voting site. Your election to receive proxy materials electronically or in printed form by mail will remain in effect until you terminate such election. Choosing to receive future proxy materials electronically will allow us to provide you with the information you need in a timelier manner, will save us the cost of printing and mailing documents to you and will conserve natural resources.

This proxy statement and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 27, 2020, as filed with the SEC, are also available at http://www.proxyvote.com, as well as at http://www.adobe.com/ADBE.

Participating in Our Virtual Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting will be accessible only through the Internet. We have adopted a virtual format for our Annual Meeting to make participation accessible for stockholders from any geographic location with Internet connectivity. We have worked to offer the same participation opportunities as were provided at the in-person portion of our past meetings while further enhancing the online experience available to all stockholders regardless of their location.

You are entitled to participate in the Annual Meeting if you were a stockholder as of the close of business on the Record Date, or hold a valid proxy for the Annual Meeting. To be admitted to the Annual Meeting at http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/ADBE2021, you must enter the 16-digit control number found on your Notice of Internet Availability or proxy card next to the label “Control Number” for postal mail recipients or within the email for electronic delivery recipients.

Stockholders may submit questions online shortly before and during the Annual Meeting at http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/ADBE2021. A copy of the Annual Meeting rules of conduct will be available online at the Annual Meeting. We will post questions and answers if applicable to Adobe’s business on our Investor Relations website shortly after the meeting.

We encourage you to access the Annual Meeting before it begins. Online check-in will start shortly before the meeting on April 20, 2021. If you have difficulty accessing the meeting, please call 1-800-586-1548 (toll free) or 303-562-9288 (international). We will have technicians available to assist you.

Voting

How to Vote

Who Can Vote

Each stockholder is entitled to one vote for each share of common stock held on each of the matters to be voted on. Only holders of record of Adobe common stock at the close of business on February 22, 2021 (the “Record Date”) may attend and vote at the meeting. As of the Record Date, there were 479,325,592 shares of our common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the meeting.

A list of stockholders eligible to vote at the meeting will be available for review during our regular business hours at our principal executive offices at 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, California 95110 for the ten days prior to the meeting for any purpose related to the meeting, and will be available during the entire time of the virtual Annual Meeting.

Voting at the Virtual Annual Meeting

Stockholders of Record

If your shares are registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc., you are considered, with respect to those shares, the stockholder of record. As the stockholder of record, you have the right to vote in person at the meeting.

Beneficial Owners of Shares Held in Street Name

If your shares are held in a brokerage account or by another nominee or trustee, you are considered the beneficial owner of shares held in street name. As the beneficial owner, you are also invited to attend the meeting. Since a beneficial owner is not the stockholder of record, you may not vote these shares at the meeting unless you obtain a “legal proxy” from your broker, trustee or nominee that holds your shares, giving you the right to vote the shares at the meeting.

Voting without Attending the Virtual Annual Meeting

Whether you hold shares directly as a registered stockholder or beneficially in street name, you may vote without attending the meeting or prior to the meeting. You may vote by granting a proxy or, for shares held beneficially in street name, by submitting voting instructions to your broker, trustee, or nominee.

Online (or by Phone)

You may submit your proxy by following the instructions provided in the Notice of Internet Availability, or if you received a printed version of the proxy materials by mail, by following the instructions provided with your proxy materials and on your proxy card or voting instruction card. When voting online, the identity of each stockholder is authenticated using a 16-digit control number found on the Notice of Internet Availability.

By Mail

If you received printed proxy materials, you may submit your proxy by mail by signing your proxy card if your shares are registered or, for shares held beneficially in street name, by following the voting instructions included by your stockbroker, trustee or nominee, and mailing it in the enclosed envelope. If you provide specific voting instructions, your shares will be voted as you have instructed.

Changing your Vote

You may revoke your proxy and change your vote at any time before the final vote at the meeting. If you are a stockholder of record, you may do this by signing and submitting a new proxy card with a later date or by voting by phone or online, either of which must be completed by 11: 59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 19, 2021; or by attending the meeting and voting in person by ballot. Attending the meeting alone will not revoke your proxy unless you specifically request your proxy to be revoked. If you hold shares through a bank or brokerage firm, you must contact that bank or firm directly to revoke any prior voting instructions.

Uninstructed Shares

Stockholders of Record

If you are a registered stockholder of record and you indicate when voting online or by phone that you wish to vote as recommended by the Board, or you sign, date, and return a proxy card without giving specific voting instructions, then the proxy holders will vote your shares in the manner recommended by the Board on all matters presented in this proxy statement and as the proxy holders may determine in their best judgment with respect to any other matters properly presented for a vote at the meeting.

Beneficial Owners of Shares Held in Street Name

If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name and do not provide the organization that holds your shares with specific voting instructions, the organization that holds your shares may generally vote at its discretion on routine matters but cannot vote on non-routine matters. If the organization that holds your shares does not receive instructions from you on how to vote your shares on a non-routine matter, the organization will inform the inspector of elections that it does not have the authority to vote on this matter with respect to your shares. This is generally referred to as a “broker non-vote.” In tabulating the voting results for any particular proposal, shares that constitute broker non-votes are not considered entitled to vote on that proposal. Thus, broker non-votes will not affect the outcome of any matter being voted on at the meeting, assuming that a quorum is obtained.

Routine and Non-Routine Proposals

The following proposal is considered a routine matter:

  • • The ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 3, 2021 (Proposal 3).

A broker or other nominee may generally vote on routine matters, and therefore no broker non-votes are expected to exist in connection with Proposal 3.

The following proposals are considered non-routine matters:

  • • Election of directors (Proposal 1);

  • • Approval of the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended, to increase the available share reserve by 6,000,000 shares (Proposal 2); and

  • • Advisory vote on executive compensation (Proposal 4).

A broker or other nominee cannot vote without instructions on non-routine matters, and, therefore, there may be broker non-votes on Proposals 1, 2, and 4.

Reporting of Voting Results

The preliminary voting results will be announced at the meeting. The final voting results will be reported in a Current Report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the SEC within four business days after the meeting. If our final voting results are not available within four business days after the meeting, we will file a Current Report on Form 8-K reporting the preliminary voting results and subsequently file the final voting results in an amendment to the Current Report on Form 8-K within four business days after the final voting results are known to us.

Householding of Proxy Materials

To reduce costs and reduce the environmental impact of our Annual Meeting, we have adopted a procedure approved by the SEC known as “householding,” which is available to both registered stockholders and beneficial owners of shares held in street name. Householding allows multiple stockholders having the same last name and residing at the same address the convenience of receiving a single copy of our Notice of Internet Availability, 2020 Annual Report and proxy materials, as applicable, unless we have received contrary instructions from one or more of the stockholders. Stockholders participating in householding will continue to receive separate proxy cards.

Registered Stockholders

If you are a registered stockholder and would like to enroll in this service, withdraw from this service, or receive additional copies of our Notice of Internet Availability, 2020 Annual Report and proxy materials, as applicable, mailed to you, please contact Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., either by calling 1-800-542-1061 (toll free), or by writing to Broadridge, Householding Department, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717. Your consent will be perpetual unless you revoke it. If you revoke your consent, we will begin sending you individual copies of future mailings of these documents within 30 days after we receive your revocation notice.

Street Name Holders

Stockholders who hold their shares through a brokerage may elect to participate in householding or revoke their consent to participate in householding by contacting their respective brokers.

Annual Report

Accompanying this proxy statement is our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 27, 2020. The 2020 Annual Report contains audited financial statements covering our fiscal years ended November 27, 2020, November 29, 2019, and November 30, 2018. Copies of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended November 27, 2020, as filed with the SEC, are available free of charge on our website at http://www.adobe.com/adbe or you can request a copy free of charge by calling 408-536-4700 or sending an email to[email protected]. Please include your contact information with the request.

Proxy Solicitation Costs

The Board is soliciting proxies for this year’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders. We will bear the expense of soliciting proxies and have retained Innisfree M&A Incorporated, for a fee of $20,000 plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, to help us solicit proxies from brokers, bank nominees, and other institutional owners. Our directors and employees (without additional compensation) may also solicit proxies in person, by telephone or email. We will reimburse banks, brokers, and other custodians, nominees, and fiduciaries for reasonable charges and expenses incurred in forwarding soliciting materials to their clients.

Stockholder Proposals and Nominations for the Next Annual Meeting

Stockholder proposals may be included in our proxy statement for an annual meeting so long as they are provided to us on a timely basis and satisfy the other conditions set forth in SEC regulations under Rule 14a-8 regarding the inclusion of stockholder proposals in company-sponsored proxy materials. For a stockholder proposal to be considered for inclusion in our proxy statement for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, we must receive the proposal at our principal executive offices, addressed to the Corporate Secretary, no later than November 5, 2021. A stockholder nomination of one or more director candidates for election to the Board to be included in our proxy statement for an annual meeting (a “proxy access nomination”) may be included in such proxy statement and properly brought before the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders as long as we receive information and notice of the proxy access nomination in compliance with the requirements set forth in Article III, Section 6 of our Bylaws, addressed to the Corporate Secretary at our principal executive offices no later than November 5, 2021, nor earlier than October 6, 2021.

In addition, a stockholder proposal that is not intended for inclusion in our proxy statement under Rule 14a-8 or a stockholder nomination of a director candidate that is not a proxy access nomination may be brought before the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders so long as we receive information and notice of the proposal in compliance with the requirements set forth in our Bylaws, addressed to the Corporate Secretary at our principal executive offices, no later than December 5, 2021 nor earlier than November 5, 2021 for nominations for election to the Board and for all other business, no later than November 5, 2021 nor earlier than October 6, 2021.

ANNEX A

Non-GAAP Measures

The attached proxy statement includes non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures that are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. We believe that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

For our internal budgeting and resource allocation process, we use non-GAAP financial measures which exclude: (A) stock-based and deferred compensation expense; (B) amortization of intangibles; (C) investment gains and losses; (D) income tax adjustments; and (E) the income tax effect of the non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures in making operating decisions because we believe the measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our operational performance and give us a better understanding of how we should invest in research and development and fund infrastructure and go-to-market strategies. We use these measures to help us make budgeting decisions, for example, as between product development expenses and research and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses and to facilitate our internal comparisons to our historical operating results. In addition, we believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful because they allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. This allows institutional investors, the analyst community and others to better understand and evaluate our operating results and future prospects in the same manner as management and to compare operating results across accounting periods and to those of our peer companies.

As described above, we exclude the following items from one or more of our non-GAAP measures:

A. Stock-based and deferred compensation expenses. Stock-based compensation expense consists of charges for employee restricted stock units, performance shares and employee stock purchases in accordance with current GAAP including stock-based compensation expense associated with any unvested options and restricted stock units assumed in connection with our acquisitions. As we apply current stock-based compensation accounting standards, we believe that it is useful to investors to understand the impact of the application of these standards to our operational performance, liquidity and our ability to invest in research and development and fund acquisitions and capital expenditures. Deferred compensation expense consists of charges associated with movements in our deferred compensation plan liability. Although stock-based compensation and deferred compensation expenses constitute ongoing and recurring expenses, such expenses are excluded from non-GAAP results because they are not expenses that typically require current cash settlement by us and because such expenses are not used by us to assess the core profitability of our business operations. We further believe these measures are useful to investors in that they allow for greater transparency to certain line items in our financial statements. In addition, excluding these items from various non-GAAP measures facilitates comparisons to our competitors’ operating results.

B. Amortization of intangibles. We recognize amortization expense of intangibles in connection with our acquisitions. Intangibles include (i) purchased technology, (ii) trademarks, (iii) customer contracts and relationships, and (iv) other intangible assets. In accordance with GAAP, we amortize the fair value of the intangibles based on the pattern in which we expect the economic benefits of the intangibles will be consumed as revenue is generated. Although the intangibles generate revenue for us, we exclude this item because the expense is non-cash in nature and because we believe the non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our operational performance, liquidity and our ability to invest in research and development, and fund acquisitions and capital expenditures. In addition, excluding this item from various non-GAAP measures facilitates our internal comparisons to our historical operating results and comparisons to our competitors’ operating results.

C. Investment gains and losses. We recognize investment gains and losses principally from realized gains or losses from the sale and exchange of marketable equity investments, other-than-temporary declines in the value of marketable and non-marketable equity securities, unrealized holding gains and losses associated with our available-for-sale securities and deferred compensation plan assets (classified as trading securities), gains and losses on the sale of equity securities held indirectly through investment partnerships, and gains and losses associated with the recording of equity or cost method investments to fair value upon obtaining control through a business combination, as required by GAAP. We do not actively trade publicly held securities nor do we rely on these securities positions for funding our ongoing operations. We exclude investment gains and losses on these equity securities because these items are unrelated to our ongoing business and operating results.

D. Income tax adjustments. Our income tax expense is based on our GAAP taxable income and actual tax rates in effect, which can differ significantly from the non-GAAP tax rate applied to our non-GAAP financial results. In arriving at our non-GAAP tax rate, certain non-recurring and period-specific income tax adjustments, such as a one-time tax charge in connection with an acquisition, resolution of certain income tax audits and any significant financial impacts and certain indirect effects resulting from tax legislation or changes to our trading structure are made to help us assess the core profitability of our business operations. This non-GAAP tax rate could be subject to change for several reasons, including significant changes in our geographic earnings mix or fundamental tax law changes in major jurisdictions in which we operate. In addition, excluding this item from various non-GAAP measures facilitates our internal comparisons to our historical operating results.

E. Income tax effect of the non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes. Excluding the income tax effect of the non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments from the provision for income taxes assists investors in understanding the tax provision associated with those adjustments and the effective tax rate related to our ongoing operations.

We believe that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate our financial results in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures and that is why we qualify the use of non-GAAP financial information in a statement when non-GAAP information is presented.

Reconciliation

The following table shows Adobe’s GAAP results reconciled to non-GAAP results included in this proxy statement (in millions, except per share data).

Year EndedNovember 27, 2020

November 29, 2019

Operating income:

GAAP operating income …………………………………………………………………………………………

$

4,237

$

3,268

Stock-based and deferred compensation expense …………………………………….

924

798

Amortization of intangibles …………………………………………………………………………………..

360

395

Non-GAAP operating income ………………………………………………………………………………

$

5,521

$

4,461

Earnings per share:

GAAP diluted earnings per share ………………………………………………………………………..

$

10.83

$

6.00

Stock-based and deferred compensation expense …………………………………….

$

1.90

$

1.62

Amortization of intangibles …………………………………………………………………………………..

$

0.74

$

0.80

Investment (gains) losses, net ………………………………………………………………………………

$

(0.03)

$

(0.10)

Income tax adjustments ………………………………………………………………………………………….

$

(3.34)

$

(0.45)

Non-GAAP earnings per share ……………………………………………………………………………..

$

10.10

$

7.87

Shares used in computing diluted earnings per share …………………………….

485

492

A-3

Annex B

ADOBE INC.

2019 EQUITY INCENTIVE PLAN

(as amended and restated as of ________________________)

1.

ESTABLISHMENT, PURPOSE AND TERM OF PLAN.

1.1 Establishment. Adobe Inc., a Delaware corporation, established the Adobe Inc. 2019 Equity

Incentive Plan (the “Plan“) effective as of April 11, 2019, the date of its initial approval by the stockholders of the Company (the “Effective Date“).

1.2 Purpose. The purpose of the Plan is to advance the interests of the Participating Company Group and its stockholders by providing an incentive to attract, retain and reward persons performing services for the Participating Company Group and by motivating such persons to contribute to the growth and profitability of the Participating Company Group. The Plan seeks to achieve this purpose by providing for Awards in the form of Options, Stock Appreciation Rights (“SARs“), Stock Purchase Rights, Stock Grants, Restricted Stock Units, Performance Shares, and Performance Units. In addition, the Plan provides for certain cash-based amounts for service as a Director.

1.3 Term of Plan. The Plan shall continue in effect until the earlier of its termination by the Board or the date on which all of the shares of Stock available for issuance under the Plan have been issued and all restrictions on such shares under the terms of the Plan and the agreements evidencing Awards granted under the Plan have lapsed. However, all Incentive Stock Options shall be granted, if at all, within ten (10) years from the earlier of the date the Plan is adopted by the Board or the Committee or the date the Plan is duly approved by the stockholders of the Company.

2.

DEFINITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION.

2.1 Definitions. Whenever used herein, the terms set forth in Appendix I shall have their respective meanings set forth in Appendix I.

2.2 Construction. Captions and titles contained herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of any provision of the Plan. Except when otherwise indicated by the context, the singular shall include the plural and the plural shall include the singular. Use of the term “or” is not intended to be exclusive, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

3.

ADMINISTRATION.

3.1 Administration by the Committee. The Plan shall be administered by the Committee. All questions of interpretation of the Plan or of any Award shall be determined by the Committee, and such determinations shall be final and binding upon all persons having an interest in the Plan or such Award.

3.2 Authority of Officers. Any Officer shall have the authority to act on behalf of the Company with respect to any matter, right, obligation, determination or election which is the responsibility of or which is allocated to the Company herein, provided the Officer has apparent authority with respect to such matter, right, obligation, determination or election. To the extent consistent with applicable law (including but not limited to Delaware General Corporation Law Section 152 or 157(c)), the Board may, in its discretion, delegate to a committee comprised of one or more Officers (any such committee, an “Officer Committee“) the authority to designate Employees (other than themselves) to receive one or more Stock Awards, Options or rights to acquire shares of Stock and to determine the number of shares of Stock subject to such Stock Awards, Options and rights, without further approval of the Board or the Committee. Any such grants will be subject to the terms of the Board resolutions providing for such delegation of authority.

3.3 Powers of the Committee. In addition to any other powers set forth in the Plan and subject to the provisions of the Plan, the Committee shall have the full and final power and authority, in its discretion:

(a) to determine the persons to whom, and the time or times at which, Awards shall be granted and the number of shares of Stock or units to be subject to each Award;

(b) to determine the type of Award granted and to designate Options as Incentive Stock

Options or Nonstatutory Stock Options;

  • (c) to determine the Fair Market Value of shares of Stock or other property;

  • (d) to determine the terms, conditions and restrictions applicable to each Award (which need not be identical) and any shares acquired pursuant thereto, including, without limitation, (i) the exercise or purchase price of shares purchased pursuant to any Award, (ii) the method of payment for shares purchased pursuant to any Award, (iii) the method for satisfaction of any tax withholding obligation arising in connection with any Award, including by the withholding or delivery of shares of Stock, (iv) the timing, terms and conditions of the exercisability or vesting of any Award or any shares acquired pursuant thereto, (v) the Performance Award Formula and Performance Goals applicable to any Award and the extent to which such Performance Goals have been attained, (vi) the time of the expiration of any Award, (vii) the effect of the Participant’s termination of Service on any of the foregoing, and (viii) all other terms, conditions and restrictions applicable to any Award or shares acquired pursuant thereto not inconsistent with the terms of the Plan;

(e) to determine whether an Award of SARs, Restricted Stock Units or Performance Shares or

Performance Share Units will be settled in shares of Stock, cash, or in any combination thereof;

  • (f) to approve one or more forms of Award Agreement;

  • (g) subject to Section 3.4, to amend, modify, extend, cancel or renew any Award or to waive any restrictions or conditions applicable to any Award or any shares acquired pursuant thereto;

(h) to accelerate, continue, extend or defer the exercisability or vesting of any Award or any shares acquired pursuant thereto, including with respect to the period following a Participant’s termination of Service;

(i) to prescribe, amend or rescind rules, guidelines and policies relating to the Plan, or to adopt sub-plans or supplements to, or alternative versions of, the Plan, including, without limitation, as the Committee deems necessary or desirable to comply with the laws of or to accommodate the laws, regulations, tax or accounting effectiveness, accounting principles or customs of, non-United States jurisdictions whose citizens may be granted Awards; and

(j) to correct any defect, supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in the Plan or any Award Agreement and to make all other determinations and take such other actions with respect to the Plan or any Award as the Committee may deem advisable to the extent not inconsistent with the provisions of the Plan or applicable law.

3.4 Repricing. Without the affirmative vote of holders of a majority of the shares of Stock cast in person or by proxy at a meeting of the stockholders of the Company at which a quorum representing a majority of all outstanding shares of Stock is present or represented by proxy, neither the Board nor the Committee shall approve a program providing for (a) the cancellation of outstanding Options or SARs and the grant in substitution therefor of new Awards having a lower exercise or purchase price, (b) the amendment of outstanding Options or SARs to reduce the exercise price thereof or (c) except in connection with an adjustment pursuant to Section 4.2 or a transaction, the cashout of Options or SARs with an exercise price below Fair Market Value. This paragraph shall not be construed to apply to “issuing or assuming a stock option in a transaction to which section 424(a) applies,” within the meaning of Section 424 of the Code.

3.5 Indemnification. In addition to such other rights of indemnification as they may have as members of the Board or the Committee or as Officers or Employees of the Participating Company Group, members of the Board or the Committee and any Officers or Employees of the Participating Company Group to whom authority to act for the Board, the Committee or the Company is delegated shall be indemnified by the Company against all reasonable expenses, including attorneys’ fees, actually and necessarily incurred in connection with the defense of any action, suit or proceeding, or in connection with any appeal therein, to which they or any of them may be a party by reason of any action taken or failure to act under or in connection with the Plan, or any right granted hereunder, and against all amounts paid by them in settlement thereof (provided such settlement is approved by independent legal counsel selected by the Company) or paid by them in satisfaction of a judgment in any such action, suit or proceeding, except in relation to matters as to which it shall be adjudged in such action, suit or proceeding that such person is liable for gross negligence, bad faith or intentional misconduct in duties; provided, however, that within sixty (60) days after the institution of such action, suit or proceeding, such person shall offer to the Company, in writing, the opportunity at its own expense to handle and defend the same.

4.

SHARES SUBJECT TO PLAN.

4.1 Maximum Number of Shares Issuable. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 4.2, the maximum aggregate number of shares of Stock that may be issued under the Plan shall be fifty-two million (52,000,000). The number of shares of Stock available for issuance under the Plan shall be reduced (a) by one share for each share issued pursuant to Options or SARs, and (b) by one and seventy seven-hundredths (1.77) shares for each share issued pursuant to Awards other than those set forth in the preceding clause (a). Such shares shall consist of authorized but unissued or reacquired shares of Stock or any combination thereof. If an outstanding Award for any reason expires or is terminated or canceled without having been exercised or settled in full, or if shares of Stock acquired pursuant to an Award subject to forfeiture or repurchase are forfeited or repurchased by the Company at the Participant’s purchase price to effect a forfeiture of unvested shares upon termination of Service, the shares of Stock allocable to the terminated portion of such Award or such forfeited or repurchased shares of Stock shall be added back to the Plan share reserve in an amount corresponding to the reduction in such share reserve previously made in accordance with the rules described above in this Section 4.1 and again be available for issuance under the Plan. Shares of Stock shall not be deemed to have been issued pursuant to the Plan with respect to any portion of an Award (other than a SAR that may be settled in shares of Stock and/or cash) that is settled in cash. Shares withheld in satisfaction of tax withholding obligations pursuant to Section 13.2 shall not again become available for issuance under the Plan. Upon exercise of a SAR, whether in cash or shares of Stock, the number of shares available for issuance under the Plan shall be reduced by the gross number of shares for which the SAR is exercised. If the exercise price of an Option is paid by “net exercise” (as described in Section 6.3(a)(iv)) or tender to the Company, or attestation to the ownership, of shares of Stock owned by the Participant, the number of shares available for issuance under the Plan shall be reduced by the gross number of shares for which the Option is exercised.

4.2 Adjustments for Changes in Capital Structure. In the event of any change in the Stock through merger, consolidation, reorganization, reincorporation, recapitalization, reclassification, stock dividend, stock split, reverse stock split, split-up, split-off, spin-off, combination of shares, exchange of shares or similar change in the capital structure of the Company, or in the event of payment of a dividend or distribution to the stockholders of the Company in a form other than Stock (excepting normal cash dividends) that has a material effect on the Fair Market Value of shares of Stock, appropriate adjustments shall be made in the number and class of shares subject to the Plan and to any outstanding Awards, in the ISO Share Limit (as defined in Section 5.3(b)), the Award limits set forth in Section 5.4, and in the exercise or purchase price per share under any outstanding Award. Notwithstanding the foregoing, unless the Committee determines otherwise, any fractional share resulting from an adjustment pursuant to this Section 4.2 shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number, and in no event may the exercise or purchase price under any Award be decreased to an amount less than the par value, if any, of the stock subject to such Award. The adjustments determined by the Committee pursuant to this Section 4.2 shall be final, binding and conclusive.

5.

ELIGIBILITY AND AWARD LIMITATIONS.

5.1 Persons Eligible for Awards. Awards may be granted only to Employees, Directors and

Consultants. No Award shall be granted prior to the date on which such person commences Service.

5.2 Participation. Except as otherwise provided in Section 3.2, Awards are granted solely at the discretion of the Committee. Eligible persons may be granted more than one (1) Award. However, eligibility in accordance with this Section shall not entitle any person to be granted an Award, or, having been granted an Award, to be granted an additional Award.

5.3

Incentive Stock Option Limitations.

(a) Persons Eligible. An Incentive Stock Option may be granted only to a person who, on the effective date of grant, is an Employee of the Company, a Parent Corporation or a Subsidiary Corporation (each being an ISO-Qualifying Corporation). Any person who is not an Employee of an ISO-Qualifying Corporation on the effective date of the grant of an Option to such person, but who is otherwise an Employee or a Director of, or a Consultant to, the Company or any of its Affiliates, may be granted only a Nonstatutory Stock Option.

(b) ISO Share Limit. Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 4.2, the maximum number of shares of Stock that may be issued upon the exercise of Incentive Stock Options granted under the Plan will equal the aggregate Share number stated in the first sentence of Section 4.1, plus, to the extent allowable under Code Section 422 and the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder, any shares of Stock that become available for issuance under the Plan pursuant to Section 4.1 (the ISO Share Limit).

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