Symantec Names Stephen Gillett Executive Vice President and Chief
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/19/12 -- Steve Bennett,
chairman and chief executive officer of Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:
SYMC), today announced the appointment of Stephen Gillett as
executive vice president and chief operating officer of Symantec.
Gillett will report to Bennett and begin his new position with
Symantec effective Friday, December 21, 2012. Gillett was formerly
executive vice president and president, Best Buy Digital, Global
Marketing and Strategy. Gillett has been a member of Symantec's board
of directors since January 2012 but will step down effective
immediately. At Symantec, Gillett's initial responsibilities will
include marketing, communications, and the IT function. Additional
responsibilities will be added concurrent with the anticipated
strategy announcement in late January.
Gillett brings a demonstrated track record of new business
innovation, industry marketing, and executive management to Symantec.
At Best Buy, he was responsible for the company's digital,
e-commerce, marketing, information technology, customer insights,
enterprise strategy, corporate development, new business ventures,
enterprise customer care, and channel design. Prior to joining Best
Buy, Gillett was chief information officer and executive vice
president, Digital Ventures at Starbucks. Prior to Starbucks Stephen
held executive roles at Corbis, Yahoo and CNET.
"Stephen is the perfect fit for the direction we are taking
Symantec," said Steve Bennett, Symantec chairman and CEO. "He has
been deeply involved in the transformation of a number of high
profile companies at the executive level and is highly respected in
the CIO community worldwide. Stephen's appointment will ensure that
Symantec is well-positioned for addressing our consumer and business
customers' needs. He will have an immediate impact due to his
familiarity with the company from his tenure on the board. His
arrival is timely as we continue to finalize our strategic direction
and operational plan to be announced in late January."
"Great companies are defined by their market position, customer base,
brand awareness, the quality of their products and by the type of
industry they're involved in," said Gillett. "Symantec is strong in
all of these areas. I look forward to working with everyone at
Symantec to help the company achieve its full potential."
Gillett will operate out of Symantec's world headquarters in Mountain
View, CA. He holds a BS from the University of Oregon and an MBA from
San Francisco State University. He is active in social media and can
be found on Twitter: @stephengillett.
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