Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Speaker: John Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Microsoft
5:30--8:30 pm Dinner Event
Seattle Yacht Club
W. Thompson was named CEO of Virtual Instruments in April of 2010. He
has been an investor and member of the Virtual Instruments Board of
Directors since 2009.
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. 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 more than $6B
in ten years. 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.
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 is an advisor to
PernixData, a Flash Virtualization Platform (FVP) provider. John is
chairman of the board of Microsoft, the world's largest software
company, and is a trustee for Wetlands America Trust.
has also served on the boards of NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public
Service Company), Fortune Brands, Seagate Technologies, and UPS.
has been recognized by a number of industry and business associations
for his leadership and public service. In 2012, the Silicon Valley
Leadership Group recognized him with the Spirit of Silicon Valley
Lifetime Achievement award, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation
named him Pioneer Business Leader in 2010 and in 2008 Junior Achievement
recognized him as a Business Hall of Fame Laureate. Thompson was also
awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica
Foundation for his contributions to the high-tech industry.
completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M and holds a
Master’s degree in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In
2008, he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of
Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business.
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