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John Thompson CEO of Virtual Instruments

Former chairman and CEO of Symantec is a big fish for the start-up.

This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2010.05.07
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Virtual Instruments, in storage area network (SAN) and virtual infrastructure optimization solutions, today announced that John W. Thompson, Symantec Board Chairman and former CEO, has taken on the role of CEO of Virtual Instruments.

virtual_instruments_john_thompson_01 Thompson joined Virtual Instruments as an investor and board member in 2009.

"We are thrilled to welcome John Thompson as CEO," said Jim Davidson, Co-CEO of Silver Lake Partners and Virtual Instruments board member. "With over 100% year-over-year growth in 2009, Virtual Instruments is very fortunate to be able to leverage John's proven leadership, tremendous industry experience and deep understanding of the needs of enterprise customers."

"Successfully applying virtualization to business-critical applications remains a tremendous IT challenge," said John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments. "I am truly excited to join an exceptionally talented team that has created a breakthrough solution for providing deep visibility into virtualized infrastructure."

John W. Thompson is replacing Mark Urdahl. Urdahl remains a director and a large shareholder of the company.

During Thompson's 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, he grew revenues from $600 million to over $6 billion. He transformed the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, delivering world class products to a global customer base, including both individuals and large-scale enterprises. Beyond his role at Symantec, Thompson served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), making recommendations regarding the security of critical US infrastructure, a role to which President George W. Bush appointed him. Before joining Symantec, Thompson spent over 25 years at IBM in various senior sales and marketing management positions, most recently as general manager of IBM Americas. He holds a bachelor's degree from Florida A&M University and a master's degree in management science from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Virtual Instruments had a record setting 2009 with sales increasing more than 100% over the prior year. The company significantly grew its customer and employee base, expanded its European sales and support presence, and added new international and US channel partners, including Dell and most recently, Hitachi Data Systems. The company recently introduced the SANInsight TAP Patch Panel System, the industry's first pre-Tapped fiber-optic patch panel solution, which lowers the cost and simplifies the deployment of network TAPs into Fiber Channel SANs and virtualized infrastructure.

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John Thompson Board’s Director at Virtual Instruments

He is the former chairman and CEO of Symantec.

This is a Press Release edited by StorageNewsletter.com on 2009.11.13
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Virtual Instruments, in virtual infrastructure optimization, announced John W. Thompson, former chief executive officer and current chairman of the board of directors for Symantec was appointed to Virtual Instruments’ board of directors. Thompson will join the board effective immediately.

virtual_instruments_john_thompson During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, Thompson transformed the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, delivering world class products to a global customer base, including both individuals and large-scale enterprises. Beyond his role at Symantec, Thompson served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), making recommendations regarding the security of critical U.S. infrastructure, a role to which President George W. Bush appointed him. In addition, he was recently appointed to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the cause of the recent financial collapse and make recommendations to Congress on step to avoid or mitigate the impact of a reoccurrence.

As Virtual Instruments continues to expand globally, the wisdom and experience of an industry veteran like John Thompson becomes an invaluable asset,” said Mark Urdahl, CEO of Virtual Instruments. “John’s extensive understanding of systems and storage, combined with his perspective on how technology policy affects the national and global stage, will be critical input to help propel Virtual Instruments into the next phase of growth.”

Virtual Instruments is doing an incredible job helping Global 2000 companies lower the capital and operating expenses associated with their SANs and virtual infrastructure,” said Thompson. “It’s clear they play a critical part in improving the efficiency of every large IT organization by increasing overall asset utilization, improving IT productivity, and reducing unnecessary infrastructure expenditures. I look forward to serving on the board of directors, providing guidance and support as the company evolves.”

Before Symantec, Thompson held various senior executive positions in sales, marketing and software development at IBM Corporation, a career that spanned 28 years. In his last assignment at IBM, Thompson served as general manager of IBM Americas and as a member of the company's Worldwide Management Council.

In addition to Virtual Instruments and Symantec’s board of directors, Thompson also serves on the board of directors for JovianDATA, Liquid Robotics, UPS and Seagate Technology.  His leadership expands beyond Silicon Valley, with Thompson serving on the national board of Teach for America, in addition to being inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and recently awarded the David Packard Medal of Achievement by TechAmerica. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in management science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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