The Info List - John W. Thompson

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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
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 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 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 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 million.

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 .


* Illinois Governor's Human Resource Advisory Council * Teach For America * Illumio * Liquid Robotics

In 2010, Thompson was recognized for his commitment to education in Silicon Valley at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation 's 2010 Pioneers -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

* ^ 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
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".