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Symantec gets its fifth India leader in seven years

Yogesh Gupta | Sept. 6, 2017
The post of global CEO at the security giant too has changed hands frequently -- four times in the past eight years.

After John W. Thompson retired from the post of Symantec CEO which he held for a decade, there has been a constant search for a long standing CEO to add impetus to the company.

After three CEOs were fired from 2012 to 2016, former CEO of Blue Coat is now the CEO of Symantec since June 2016.

Since Greg took over, Symantec has witnessed M&A activity to streamline its security portfolio for modern landscape and changing customer demands. The company acquired LifeLock, Fireglass and Skycure in the span of past ten months. Symantec recently sold its SSL unit (certificate authority (CA)) business to DigiCert.

The exit of senior executives at world’s largest security vendor–globally and back in India–has been a cause of concern for Symantec channels and end customers at large.

The more-than-half-a-dozen (former Blue Coat) executives at the top ranks of Symantec including Greg suggests a robust management team.

Symantec seems to have a stable global CEO in Greg Clark with a toned product portfolio under his tenure.

 Will Gaurav Agarwal prove to be the much needed long term bet as Symantec India Leader?

          Rumble at Top for Symantec India Chief

Executive Name

Period as India Chief

Tenure

Gaurav Agarwal

June 2017 to Present

02 months

Shrikant Shitole

May 2015 to Aug 2017

27 months

Sanjay Rohatgi

Jan 2014 to Mar 2015

15 months

Anand Naik

April 2012 to Nov 2013

18 months

Ajay Goel

Nov 2010 to April 2012

18 months

Vishal Dhupar

Sept 2005 to Oct 2010

60 months

HISTORY OF SYMANTEC CEO (1999 – 2017)

Executive Name

Period as Global CEO

Greg Clark

June 2016 to Present

Michael Brown

Sept 2014 to April 2016

Steve Barnett

July 2012 To Mar 2014

Salem Enrique

April 2009 To July 2012

John W. Thompson

April 1999 to April 2009

 

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