John W. Thompson is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Symantec Corporation. Under Thompsonís leadership Symantec has grown from a small consumer software publisher to the market leader for security and availability solutions to help customers manage their rapidly growing digital assets. With global operations in more than 40 countries the company is viewed as a strategic partner to its customers providing a broad range of security storage availability and performance management solutions to help them proactively manage their IT infrastructure.
Prior to joining Symantec Thompson was with the IBM Corporation where he held senior executive positions in sales marketing and software development. Thompson was general manager of IBM Americas and a member of the companyís Worldwide Management Council.
Thompson completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and holds a masterís degree in management science from MITís Sloan School of Management.
In September 2002 President George W. Bush appointed Thompson to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee to make recommendations regarding the security of the critical infrastructure of the United States. In addition Thompson has served as the chair of the Silicon Valley Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security and Technology to identify and evaluate technology-driven solutions to improve the security and efficiency of national and local aviation.