New Symantec CEO Aims for Relevancy
Enrique Salem will become chief executive officer at Symantec on April 6, succeeding John Thompson who has held the post for a decade. Thompson's primary focus was growth. Salem is taking a different tact: making Symantec relevant.Enrique Salem is no stranger to Symantec. Over the past 20 years, Salem has held several executive positions at the security and storage software vendor, and currently serves as chief operating officer. Next week, Salem will move into the corner office, succeeding John Thompson as chief executive officer. While Salem has worked with Thompson for many years, his view of the world and what Symantec needs to do differs from his colleague.
Thompson, who came out of the IBM ranks, was all about growth. When he arrived at Symantec in 1999, it was still less than $1 billion business primarly focused on antivirus software. Ten years and nearly two dozen acquisitions later, Symantec is the world's fourth largest software vendor with lines in security, storage and systems management.