JOHN WENDELL THOMPSON (born April 24, 1949) is an American CEO of
privately held Virtual Instruments and the chairman of
Microsoft . He
is a former 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. 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
* 4 References
* 5 External links
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 in
1983. A large advocate of outdoor conservation, he works largely with
Ducks Unlimited .
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
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
Enrique Salem .
* 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
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* ^ John W. Thompson
* ^ 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
* ^ "John W Thompson, CEO Compensation".
Forbes . April 2006.
* ^ http://liquidr.com/company/leadership/bod.html
* ^ "
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
John W. Thompson
John W. Thompson as commerce
secretary near, sources say".
San Jose Mercury News . January 2009.
* ^ Puzzanghera, Jim (January 2009). "Commerce secretary may hail
from Silicon Valley".
Los Angeles Times
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".