Microsoft innovation guru Amit Mital has joined Symantec in a bid to accelerate innovation in the product division.
Mital will report directly to Symantec CEO Steve Bennett.
Mital joins Symantec after 20 years with Microsoft, most recently as the corporate vice president for the company's startup business Group, where he was responsible for managing strategic product development along with identifying and executing new innovation opportunities.
Mital holds 43 patents and is an innovator in several technologies that align with Symantec's business including machine learning, big data, and high scale web and cloud services.
Symantec chief executive Steve Bennett said Mital was a leader with proven abilities to innovate, develop and execute new products.
"We're on track executing roadmaps to leverage Symantec's technology to solve our customer's most important problems and Amit's expertise will help us move faster and more effectively in this stage of our transformation. We are thrilled to add such a talented executive to our leadership ranks," he said.
Mital said he was excited to be joining Symantec at such a crucial juncture in the company's history.
"I'm looking forward to working alongside Steve and our more than 20,000 employees worldwide to develop and deliver innovative point solutions and integrated offerings that will drive the industry - and Symantec - forward."
Steve Trilling, Symantec's current CTO, will be moving to an operational senior leadership role in the company.
Mital holds a M.S. in Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.