Symantec announces change in executive leadership
Mr. Salem served as president and chief executive officer of Symantec and also as a member of Symantec’s board of directors. Throughout his tenure at Symantec Mr. Salem held a variety of senior management roles, most recently he served as chief operating officer, with responsibility for the day - July 25, 2012, Mountain View, Ca., USA – Symantec, a software company, announced that Enrique Salem, president and CEO, has stepped down, effective immediately, and that it has appointed Steve Bennett as president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Salem served as president and chief executive officer of Symantec and also as a member of Symantec’s board of directors. Throughout his tenure at Symantec Mr. Salem held a variety of senior management roles, most recently he served as chief operating officer, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to that, he served as group president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing where he managed global sales and partner programs, marketing, communications and branding.
Before joining Symantec, Mr. Salem was president and CEO of Brightmail, an anti-spam software company that was successfully acquired by Symantec in 2004. From 2001 to 2002, he served as senior vice president of products and technology at Oblix Inc., where he spearheaded corporate strategy and development by leading the company's engineering, product management, and technology groups.
Prior to Oblix Inc., Mr. Salem was vice president of technology and operations at Ask Jeeves Inc. responsible for the engineering group and the company's entire IT operation. Mr. Salem joined Symantec in 1990 through the Peter Norton Computing acquisition and held a number of leadership positions, including vice president of security products and the company’s first chief technology officer.
Earlier in his career, he was a vice president at Security Pacific Merchant Bank, where he led projects for the development of real-time trading systems. In March 2011, Mr. Salem was appointed to the President’s Management Advisory Board, which provides advice on how to implement best business practices on matters related to Federal Government management and operation, with a particular focus on productivity, the application of technology and customer service.
In 2010, Mr. Salem received the Estrella Award by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) which recognizes individuals for their vast achievements in the IT industry and in the community. He was also named 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year by Hispanic Net as well as 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Salem currently serves on the board of directors of Automatic Data Processing Inc (ADP). Mr. Salem received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Bennett joined Symantec’s board of directors in February 2010 and became chairman in 2011. Mr. Bennett previously led Intuit serving as president and chief executive officer from 2000 to 2007. Mr. Bennett joined Intuit after a 23-year career at General Electric, where he managed complex and diverse organizations from consumer appliances to financial services. During his career at GE, he held a variety of key management roles in numerous areas of the business, including GE Capital e-Business, GE Capital Vendor Financial Services, GE Electrical Distribution and Control, GE Appliances, GE Medical Systems and GE Supply. ■