John Wendell Thompson (born April 24, 1949) is the chairman of
Microsoft. He is a former CEO at Virtual Instruments, a vice-president
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. He led the search for Microsoft's next CEO; as a result,
Satya Nadella was selected.
1 Personal life
2 Professional life
2.1 Board memberships
3 Political activity
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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
MIT Sloan School of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management in
1983. A large advocate of outdoor conservation, he works largely with
Before moving on to become Symantec's CEO in 1999, Thompson's 28-year
IBM Corporation included senior executive positions in
sales, marketing and software development, and lastly as general
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
Thompson purchased a 20 percent share of the
Golden State Warriors
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
Thompson retired from his post as CEO of
Symantec on April 4, 2009,
turning the company's reins over to long-time
Illinois Governor's Human Resource Advisory Council
Teach For America
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. 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".
Thompson was a strong supporter of Barack Obama's campaign during the
2008 election cycle. In January 2009, news sources reported that
President-elect Obama was considering Thompson to fill the Secretary
of Commerce post in the Obama administration. Ultimately,
Judd Gregg was chosen for the post 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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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
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John W. Thompson
John W. Thompson as commerce secretary
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^ Puzzanghera, Jim (January 2009). "Commerce secretary may hail from
Silicon Valley". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
Symantec CEO eyed for Commerce post". Denver Post. January
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