John W. Thompson

John Wendell Thompson (born April 24, 1949)[2] is an American technology executive, serving as the current Chairman of Microsoft. He is a former chief executive of Virtual Instruments, a Vice-President at IBM and the former chief executive of Symantec. Thompson later became an independent Director on the Board of Microsoft, and on February 4, 2014, he was named the Chairman of the Board.[3] He led the search for Microsoft's next CEO; as a result, Satya Nadella was selected.[4]

John W. Thompson
John Wendell Thompson
John W. Thompson
John Wendell Thompson

April 24, 1949 (age 70)
Alma materFlorida A&M University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationChairman, Microsoft Corporation
Illumio Board Member
Illumina Board of Directors[1]
EmployerIBM (1971–1999)
Symantec (1999–2009)
Microsoft (2014–present)

Personal life

Born at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Thompson attended John F. Kennedy High School in Riviera Beach, Florida (now Suncoast Community High School). He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida A&M University in 1971 and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management in 1983. He has worked with Ducks Unlimited as an advocate for outdoor conservation.

Professional life

Before moving on to become Symantec's CEO in 1999, Thompson's 28-year career with IBM Corporation included senior executive positions in sales, marketing and software development, and lastly as general manager of IBM Americas as well as membership in the company’s Worldwide Management Council.

In September 2002, Thompson was appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC) which makes recommendations regarding the security of the critical infrastructure of the United States.

Thompson purchased a 20 percent share of the Golden State Warriors NBA team in 2005 along with three other Silicon Valley businessmen under the umbrella of the Bay Area Basketball Partners, L.L.C.

In April 2006, Forbes published a list of the most highly compensated CEOs. Thompson was ranked #8 with a total compensation of US$71.84 million.[5]

Thompson retired from his post as CEO of Symantec on April 4, 2009, turning the company's reins over to long-time Symantec executive Enrique Salem.

Board memberships

In 2010, Thompson was recognized for his commitment to education in Silicon Valley at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's 2010 Pioneers & Purpose event. He received the Pioneer Business Leader award, which is awarded to individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in business and education.

On February 4, 2014, Thompson was appointed as chairman of Microsoft, succeeding Bill Gates.[10] Prior to being named chairman, Thompson had been a member of the Microsoft Board for two years. He stated that he joined the board because he had "admired Microsoft for many, many, many years". Thompson said he considered Microsoft to be "one of the true, iconic companies in our country".[11]

Political activity

Thompson was a strong supporter of Barack Obama's campaign during the 2008 election cycle.[12] In January 2009, news sources reported that President-elect Obama was considering Thompson to fill the Secretary of Commerce post in the Obama administration.[13][14][15] Ultimately, Senator Judd Gregg was chosen for the post[16] but withdrew his name on February 12. Thompson again remained a potential candidate until the successful appointment of Gary Locke.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed Thompson to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2009.


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  4. ^ Hughes, Alan (September 2004). "The best CEO in Silicon Valley: John Thompson has transformed Symantec into a multibillion-dollar security software juggernaut". Black Enterprise. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
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  10. ^ "Bill Gates steps down as chairman, will assist new CEO as 'technology advisor'". The Verge. Retrieved 4 February 2014. "Gates will be succeeded as chairman by John Thompson, who joined Microsoft's board in February of 2012. Thompson is currently the CEO of Virtual Instruments and previously served as CEO and chairman of Symantec."
  11. ^ "Meet Microsoft's new board chairman John Thompson". ZDNet. February 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "Nomination of Symantec CEO John W. Thompson as commerce secretary near, sources say". San Jose Mercury News. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  13. ^ Puzzanghera, Jim (January 2009). "Commerce secretary may hail from Silicon Valley". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  14. ^ "Outgoing Symantec CEO eyed for Commerce post". Denver Post. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  15. ^ "Thompson top choice for commerce secretary: sources". Washington Post. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  16. ^ "Obama nominates GOP senator for Commerce secretary". USA Today. January 2009. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-07.

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Preceded by
Bill Gates
Chairman of Microsoft
Succeeded by
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Enrique Salem

Enrique Salem (born 1965) was the president and CEO of software company Symantec from 2009 until 2012, and was a member of the U.S. President's Management Advisory Board.

Salem joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2014, where he focuses on infrastructure software and services with a specialization in cybersecurity. He serves on the boards of several Bain Capital Venture portfolio companies, including DocuSign, and serves independently on the boards of FireEye (FEYE), Atlassian (TEAM), and ForeScout (FSCT). He currently serves on the board of directors for a number of privately held startups including Cloudgenix, Attivo Networks, ShieldX, Leapyear, Awake Security, ShiftLeft, Red Balloon Security, BetterCloud and Rubrik..

Salem served on the Board of City Year San Jose from 2015 through 2018 and is now a trustee of City Year.

Salem attended Dartmouth College where he earned a Bachelor's of Arts (BA) degree in Computer Science. He was a Vice President at Peter Norton Computing which was acquired by Symantec in 1990, and he was a manager of the project to create the Norton Desktop for Windows. He left Symantec, then returned via the Brightmail acquisition.Enrique was named 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year by Hispanic Net.

Salem had held vice-president positions at Security Pacific Merchant Bank, Ask Jeeves and Oblix Inc.Salem was the CEO of Brightmail, a company that made an email program designed to screen out spam email. Brightmail was acquired by Symantec in 2004. He was at Brightmail for almost two years.Salem spent a total of 19 years at Symantec. He took over from John W. Thompson as Symantec CEO in April 2009 through July 2012. Salem became a member of President Barack Obama’s U.S. President's Management Advisory Board in March, 2011, served til the end of the administration.

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