John W. Thompson

John W. Thompson

John W. Thompson (born April 24, 1949) is a former vice-president at IBM and the current CEO of Symantec.

Born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Thompson received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida A&M in 1971 and a Master's degree in Management (M.B.A.) from the Sloan Fellows program of the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1983.

Before moving on to Symantec 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.

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 $71.84 million (USD).

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