Virtual Instruments, a provider of storage area network and virtual infrastructure optimization solutions, today announced that John W. Thompson, Symantec Board Chairman and former CEO, has taken on the role of CEO of the company.
Thompson joined Virtual Instruments as an investor and board member in 2009.
John W. Thompson is replacing Mark Urdahl. Urdahl remains a director and a large shareholder of the company.
During Thompson’s 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, he grew revenues from $600 million to over $6 billion. He transformed the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, delivering world class products to a global customer base, including both individuals and large-scale enterprises.
Beyond his role at Symantec, Thompson served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), making recommendations regarding the security of critical US infrastructure, a role to which President George W. Bush appointed him. Before joining Symantec, Thompson spent over 25 years at IBM in various senior sales and marketing management positions, most recently as general manager of IBM Americas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in management science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.