The Info List - John W. Thompson

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John Wendell Thompson (born April 24, 1949)[2] is the chairman of Microsoft. He is a former CEO at Virtual Instruments, a vice-president at IBM
and the former chief executive officer (CEO) 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
Satya Nadella
was selected.[4]


1 Personal life 2 Professional life

2.1 Board memberships

3 Political activity 4 References 5 External links

Personal life[edit] 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
MIT Sloan School of Management
in 1983. A large advocate of outdoor conservation, he works largely with Ducks Unlimited. Professional life[edit] 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
Golden State Warriors
NBA team in 2005 along with three other Silicon Valley
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[edit]

Illumina Illinois Governor's Human Resource Advisory Council Teach For America Illumio[6] Liquid Robotics[7]

In 2010, Thompson was recognized for his commitment to education in Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley
at the Silicon Valley
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.[8] 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".[9] Political activity[edit] Thompson was a strong supporter of Barack Obama's campaign during the 2008 election cycle.[10] In January 2009, news sources reported that President-elect Obama was considering Thompson to fill the Secretary of Commerce post in the Obama administration.[11][12][13] Ultimately, Senator Judd Gregg
Judd Gregg
was chosen for the post[14] 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
Nancy Pelosi
appointed Thompson to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2009. References[edit]

^ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170220005178/en/Illumina-Names-John-W.-Thompson-Board-Directors ^ John W. Thompson ^ http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/feb14/02-04newspr.aspx ^ 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.  ^ "John W Thompson, CEO Compensation". Forbes. April 2006. Retrieved 2006-06-07.  ^ https://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/11/10/microsoft-chairman-thompson-joins-board-of-security-startup-illumio/ ^ http://liquidr.com/company/leadership/bod.html ^ " Bill Gates
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." ^ "Meet Microsoft's new board chairman John Thompson". ZDNet. February 4, 2014.  ^ "Nomination of Symantec
CEO John W. Thompson
John W. Thompson
as commerce secretary near, sources say". San Jose Mercury News. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  ^ Puzzanghera, Jim (January 2009). "Commerce secretary may hail from Silicon Valley". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  ^ "Outgoing Symantec
CEO eyed for Commerce post". Denver Post. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  ^ "Thompson top choice for commerce secretary: sources". Washington Post. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-28. [dead link] ^ "Obama nominates GOP senator for Commerce secretary". USA Today. January 2009. Archived from the original on February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

External links[edit]

John W. Thompson-Chairman-Microsoft Speaking at Stanford

Preceded by Bill Gates Chairman of Microsoft 2014- Succeeded by incumbent

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Bill Gates Paul Allen

Board of directors

John W. Thompson
John W. Thompson
(Chairman) Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
(CEO) Dina Dublon Maria Klawe David Marquardt Charles Noski Helmut Panke Mason Morfit John W. Stanton

Senior leadership team

Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella
(CEO) Scott Guthrie Amy Hood (CFO) Terry Myerson Harry Shum Phil Spencer

Corporate VPs

Gabe Aul
Gabe Aul
(VP) Joe Belfiore Richard Rashid
Richard Rashid
(SVP) S. Somasegar
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