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Former Symantec chief joins Microsoft's board

updated 04:30 pm EST, Mon February 20, 2012

Microsoft adds John W. Thompson to board

Microsoft revealed on Monday that it has brought John Thompson onto its board of directors, reinstating it to its full 10 members once again. Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments and was once chairman and CEO of Symantec. He also served at IBM, in the sales, marketing, and software development divisions as well as being the general manager of IBM Americas.

Between 1999 and 2009, when Thompson was CEO of Symantec, the company's revenues went from $632 million to $6.2 billion. He stepped down from the company's board of directors in 2011.

Thompson also currently servers on the board of UPS and has been on a number of government boards and commissions such as the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee, and the Silicon Valley Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security and Technology.

The exec holds a bachelor of business administration certificate from Florida A&M as well as a master's degree in management from the Sloan Fellows program of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

by MacNN Staff



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