Symantec names Salem new CEO

Symantec has named Enrique Salem, currently chief operating officer, as its new CEO effective April 4.Salem will replace current chairman and CEO John Thompson, who will retire at the end of Symantec's fiscal year.

Symantec has named Enrique Salem, currently chief operating officer, as its new CEO effective April 4.

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Salem will replace current chairman and CEO John Thompson, who will retire at the end of Symantec's fiscal year. Thompson will remain chairman as Salem takes over.

Under Thompson's leadership Symantec has broadened from being a consumer security software company to be a leading storage and enterprise security leader. The company made the announcement in a statement.

Salem (right) was named Symantec's operating chief in January 2008. Before that, Salem led the company's security products and consumer business as well as sales and marketing. Salem was brought back to Symantec in 2004 after the security giant acquired Brightmail, where Salem was CEO. Salem originally joined Symantec in 1990 when the company acquired Peter Norton Computing--hence the Norton brand name. In between his Symantec stints, Salem had stopovers as an executive at Oblix and Ask Jeeves.