News From Our Partner: Symantec Announces CEO Transition
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Mar.20, 2014 –
Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that its board of directors has appointed board member Michael Brown as interim president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. This appointment follows the termination of Steve Bennett as the company’s president and chief executive officer and his resignation from Symantec’s board of directors. A special committee of the board will immediately begin the search for a permanent CEO with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.
On behalf of Symantec’s board, chairman Daniel Schulman said, “We recognize Steve’s contributions to Symantec, including developing and leading a series of successful initiatives focused on organizational realignment, cost reduction and process effectiveness. These changes have helped establish a solid foundation for Symantec’s future, and we remain committed to our previously announced greater-than 5% organic revenue growth and better-than 30% non-GAAP operating margin targets by FY17. Our priority is now to identify a leader who can leverage our company’s assets and leadership team to drive the next stage of Symantec’s product innovation and growth. This considered decision was the result of an ongoing deliberative process, and not precipitated by any event or impropriety.
Mr. Brown joined Symantec’s board of directors following the company’s merger with VERITAS Software in July 2005, and previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Quantum Corporation. Under his leadership, Quantum grew from $3 billion to $6 billion in revenues and held market leadership positions in data back-up and archiving solutions. More recently, Mr. Brown has been a board chairman and chief executive officer coach for several successful technology companies prior to their acquisitions, including EqualLogic, Line 6 and The Echo Nest. In addition to his deep expertise in growing businesses, Mr. Brown has extensive experience in leading and developing executive management teams.
Mr. Brown said, “With recent key hires, we have a leadership team in place that is capable of accelerating our growth and I look forward to working closely with them to help execute the next phase of the company’s transformation plan. The need for protecting and managing your information has never been stronger, and we must act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market. By concentrating on product innovation and growth initiatives, we aim to leverage Symantec’s tremendous assets across both consumer and enterprise applications to enhance our position as a market leader.”
As interim president and chief executive officer, Mr. Brown will work with Symantec’s executive team to facilitate an orderly leadership transition while overseeing the company’s ongoing transformation. Mr. Brown will remain on Symantec’s board, but will no longer serve on its Compensation and Leadership Development Committee or Nominating and Governance Committee. Board member Robert S. Miller will replace Mr. Brown as the chair of the Compensation and Leadership Development Committee.
Symantec also today reiterated its guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, which was previously provided on January 29, 2014. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, we expect:
- Revenue of $1.615 to $1.655 billion, compared to $1.748 billion in the year-ago period.
- GAAP operating margin of 18.0 to 19.5 percent compared to 14.6 percent in the year-ago period.
- Non-GAAP operating margin of 24.5 to 26.0 percent compared to 24.1 percent in the year ago period.
- GAAP diluted earnings per share between $0.29 and $0.31 as compared to $0.27 in the year-ago period.
- Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share between $0.40 and $0.42 as compared to $0.44 in the year-ago period.
Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings — anytime, anywhere. Founded in April 1982, Symantec, a Fortune 500 company, operating one of the largest global data-intelligence networks, has provided leading security, backup and availability solutions for where vital information is stored, accessed and shared. The company’s more than 20,000 employees reside in more than 50 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2013, it recorded revenues of $6.9 billion. To learn more go to www.symantec.com or connect with Symantec at: go.symantec.com/socialmedia.