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Symantec's Thompson quits after 10 years as CEO

Internet security vendor names replacement

Symantec CEO John Thompson, who has lead the internet security vendor for the last decade, is retiring.

Thompson, 59, will be replaced by Enrique Salem, Symantec's chief operating officer, effective April 4, 2009.

During his tenure, Thompson built Symantec from a consumer desktop software vendor, best known for its Norton products, into a leading enterprise software provider. The company aggressively acquired new software companies including its most high-profile purchase: the 2005 $10.5bn acquisition of enterprise storage software vendor Veritas.

Although Symantec has warned of a slowdown in sales recently, executives said on Monday that they have been working on the transition for the past 10 months already, an effort called 'Project Texas'.

"I've always believed that 10 years was long enough to sit in this role," Thompson said in a call with financial analysts on Monday.


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