Guido Quaroni, Adobe Guido Quaroni, Adobe

A full 24 years after joining Pixar, Guido Quaroni is leaving the studio to join Adobe. He has been named senior director of engineering on the software titan’s 3d and immersive team.

Joining Pixar in 1997, Quaroni worked his way up to become supervising technical director on Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc. He oversaw the technological approach on Toy Story 3, establishing the production pipeline and managing the technical teams. His work on the film earned him nominations for a Bafta and Visual Effects Society award.

Quaroni was named Pixar’s vp of software r&d in 2011. In this capacity, he oversaw the studio’s graphics and animation software, including the Universal Scene Description (USD) Open Source project and the proprietary animation software Presto (which was honored at the Oscars’ Scientific and Technical Awards). He has also voiced several Pixar characters, including the Italian forklift Guido in the Cars franchise.

“I’ve been a customer of Adobe’s software for a number of years, and I always admired Adobe’s commitment to provide top of the line tools to creatives,” said Quaroni in a statement. “When I heard about Adobe’s renewed interest in entering into the 3d market, given how much more pervasive the consumption of 3d content is becoming, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I’m excited to be joining the Adobe team to help accelerate and grow their 3d offerings for creatives worldwide.”

Adobe’s 3d team will make announcements, including about its 3d texturing software Substance, in a live-streamed presentation on January 28. More information can be found here.

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