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John W. Thompson

CEO, Virtual Instruments

John W. Thompson was named CEO of Virtual Instruments in April of 2010. He has been a member of the Virtual Instruments Board of Directors since 2009. John brings proven leadership, tremendous industry experience and deep understanding of the needs of enterprise customers to Virtual Instruments.

Prior to joining Virtual Instruments, John was chairman of the board and CEO of Symantec Corporation, the leader in internet security, from April 1999 to April 2009. He continued to serve as chairman of the board until October 2011. John also served in a number of senior leadership roles at IBM Corporation, including general manager of IBM Americas, prior to assuming the CEO role at Symantec. During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, Thompson transformed the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, delivering world class products to a global customer base, from individual consumers to many of the world’s largest enterprises. He helped grow revenues from $600M to over $6B in ten years.

Beyond his role at Symantec, Thompson has served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), making recommendations regarding the security of nation’s critical infrastructure, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the cause of the 2008 financial collapse and to make recommendations to Congress on steps to avoid or mitigate the impact of a reoccurrence. He is an active investor in early-stage companies and currently serves on the board of directors of Liquid Robotics, the world’s first wave-powered autonomous platform, and DOMO, an emerging platform for business intelligence. John also serves on the board of UPS, the global leader in logistics, and Microsoft, the world’s largest software company.

John W. Thompson completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M and holds a Master’s degree in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.