Symantec CEO John W. Thompson to Retire
Board Names Enrique Salem President and Chief Executive Officer
Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that John W. Thompson, chairman and chief executive officer, will retire as CEO
at the end of the fiscal year. The board of directors has appointed Enrique T. Salem, Symantec’s chief operating
officer, as president and chief executive officer effective April 4, 2009. Following the transition, Thompson, 59, will
remain chairman of the board and Salem, 43, will join the board of directors.
“I am proud of our team’s accomplishments over the past ten years as we’ve transformed the company from a consumer
software publisher to the leader in internet security, data protection and storage management,” said Thompson.
“I’ve always believed planning for succession was a critical part of my role and, for the past two years, have been
working with the board on a thoughtful succession plan. Through that process, Enrique emerged as the right person to
lead the company and I am confident in his ability to continue to drive the success of our team.”
“Over the past ten years, John has led the effort to diversify Symantec’s customer base and has grown the company’s
revenue tenfold. The board appreciates all he has done for Symantec and his leadership in driving the succession
planning process,” said Robert S. Miller, lead independent director of Symantec’s board. “We are grateful that John will
remain chairman of the board and work with the team to ensure a smooth transition.”
Salem has been an integral part of the Symantec leadership team and has worked closely with John the past few years to
set the company’s strategic direction. In January 2008, Salem was appointed chief operating officer responsible for the
company’s day-to-day operations, global product development, and sales and marketing. His appointment to chief operating
officer was a critical step in the succession planning process. During the past year, he leveraged R investments to enhance integration across the portfolio and established a common set of metrics to improve execution
and drive results. Salem will continue in his current role as chief operating officer until the end of the fiscal year.
Prior to being named chief operating officer, Salem held a number of important roles at Symantec, including senior vice
president of the security products and solutions group, group president of the consumer business unit and group
president of worldwide sales and marketing.
“Enrique is a strong leader with extensive knowledge of our business and great relationships with our customers and
employees,” said Miller. “His breadth of experience throughout his career and the depth of his knowledge about Symantec
uniquely qualify him to lead the company in its next stage of growth.”
“Symantec has a history of innovation and a solid foundation for growth. I am confident in the team and our ability to
execute for our customers,” said Salem. “I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead a great company through its
next phase of growth and shareholder value creation.”