Symantec completes Veritas merger, names new board

Symantec has named the 10 members of its new board, following the successful completion on Saturday of its merger with Veritas Software.

Symantec has named the six former Symantec directors and four former Veritas directors who will sit on its 10-member board, following the completion of its merger with Veritas Software on Saturday.

The merger brings Symantec new lines of backup, archiving and file system software to add to its existing range of software for protecting home and office computer systems and networks from viruses and intrusions.

As previously announced, John W. Thompson will remain as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the enlarged Symantec, while the former CEO of Veritas, Gary Bloom, will become vice chairman and co-president of the merged company, Symantec said Tuesday.

The other directors are:

-- William Coleman, a Symantec board member since January 2003 and former chairman and CEO of software developer BEA Systems;

-- David Mahoney, a Symantec board member since April 2003 and now CEO of health care IT services company iMcKesson;

-- Robert S. Miller, a Symantec board member since Sept. 1994 and also CEO of Delphi;

-- George Reyes, a Symantec board member since July 2000 and chief financial officer (CFO) of Google;

-- Daniel H. Schulman, a Symantec board member since March 2000 and also CEO of mobile phone operator Virgin Mobile USA;

-- Michael Brown, a Veritas board member since 2003 and former chairman and CEO of data backup system manufacturer Quantum;

-- David Roux, a Veritas board member since 2002, and now managing director of a private equity firm he co-founded, Silver Lake Partners;

-- Paul Unruh, a member of the Veritas board since 2003, and a former CFO of construction company Bechtel Group.

The board members will be eligible for re-election at the company's next annual stockholder meeting, a date for which has not yet been announced.

Local shuffle

On the Australian front, Symantec employees dominate the new line-up. Former Symantec enterprise sales director for the Asian region, David Sykes, has been appointed vice-president of the Pacific region, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. He will relocate from Hong Kong for the role.

Symantec's regional director, John Donovan, will stay on as vice-president of channels for the Asia-Pacific and Japan geography, while the vendor's local channel manager, David Blackman, will lead the combined team in Australia and New Zealand.

Previous Veritas regional channel director, Archie Wilson, has resigned from the company. Its former Australia managing director, Bruce Lakin, will assume responsibility for distribution operations in the region.

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