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Symantec Splits Security and Information Management Businesses as Two Publicly-Traded Companies; Announces Management Changes

Symantec announced that it will split itself into two, independent publicly-traded companies, one with focus on the security business and the other on information management. Recently appointed CEO, Michael A. Brown will remain the president and CEO of Symantec while Thomas Seifert will continue to serve as CFO. John Gannon will be the EVP and GM of the new information management business, Don Rath will be its acting CFO and Matt Cain was named Chief Product Officer.

Brown served as interim CEO since March 2014, ever since the board fired previous CEO, Steve Bennett. Bennett himself only held the job for 18 months, following in the footsteps of Enrique Salem, who was also fired. Earlier, Brown served as chairman and CEO of a variety of tech companies, most notably Quantum. He joined Symantec's board following its merger with Veritas in 2005.

Thomas Seifert joined Symantec as EVP and CFO in March 2014. Previously he served as EVP and CFO at Brightstar, CFO and chief accounting officer and interim CEO at Advanced Micro Devices, COO for Qimonda AG, group VP and GM of the Memory Products Group at Infineon Technologies AG, and SVP, COO and CEO of Wirelines Communications Business Group.

John Gannon joined Symantec as EVP and GM of the Information Management Business. He comes to Symantec after working at Quantum, his last role being President and COO. Prior to Quantum, Gannon worked at Hewlett-Packard where his last position was GM of the Commercial PC business. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, having served in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Flight Examiner Pilot and Aircraft Commander.

Don Rath was named acting CFO of the Information Management Business. Rath joined Symantec in 2012. Most recently, he was VP, Global Tax and Corporate Risk Assurance. He served as Symantec's interim CFO and Chief Accounting Officer from January through March 2014. He has previously held a number of senior tax executive roles in software (VERITAS, Synopsys) and life science companies (Chiron) and spent nine years in the tax practice of Ernst & Young.

Matt Cain was named Chief Product Officer of the Information Management Business, responsible for leading all aspects of the product and support group responsible for Symantec’s Backup and Recovery, Archiving and eDiscovery, Storage Management, and Information Availability portfolio. Cain joined Symantec in 2012, and most recently was SVP of Symantec’s Appliance Solutions organization. Prior to Symantec, he spent over a decade at Cisco Systems.

Date: October 13, 2014

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