John W. Thompson

About John W. Thompson

Who is it?: CEO of Virtual Instruments
Birth Day: April 24, 1949
Birth Place: Fort Dix, American
Birth Sign: Taurus
Alma mater: Florida A&M University Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation: Chairman of Microsoft Illumio Board Member Illumina Board of Directors
Employer: IBM (1971–1999) Symantec (1999–2009) Microsoft (2014–present)

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John W. Thompson was bornon April 24, 1949 in Fort Dix, American, is CEO of Virtual Instruments. John W. Thompson is the CEO of Virtual Instruments since April 2010. Before joining the company he had served in a number of prestigious positions in several leading technological organizations including IBM and Symantec Corporation. He began his career working as a sales representative for IBM before climbing on the corporate ladder to reach greater heights. He worked devotedly for the same organization for 28 years before surprising himself and the world by taking on a new position in a new company just years short of his retirement. After having seen his share of career ups and lows he decided he was ready for a new challenge and accepted the position of CEO in Symantec Corporation, a major software company in California. During his decade long career with them, he transformed the company into a leading provider of world class products to customers all over the world and helped to grow the company’s revenues manifold. He identified the field of internet security as the area to focus on and this strategy paid off Symantec very well. After his success at Symantec, he joined Virtual instruments as the CEO. The leadership efforts of this astute leader have been recognized by a number of industry associations and he is one of the most respected business professionals in the U.S.
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💰 Net worth: $250 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1971

Born at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Thompson attended John F. Kennedy High School in Riviera Beach, Florida (now Suncoast Community High School). He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida A&M University in 1971 and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management in 1983. A large advocate of outdoor conservation, he works largely with Ducks Unlimited.

1999

Before moving on to become Symantec's CEO in 1999, Thompson's 28-year career with IBM Corporation included senior executive positions in sales, marketing and software development, and lastly as general manager of IBM Americas as well as membership in the company’s Worldwide Management Council.

2002

In September 2002, Thompson was appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC) which makes recommendations regarding the security of the critical infrastructure of the United States.

2005

Thompson purchased a 20 percent share of the Golden State Warriors NBA team in 2005 along with three other Silicon Valley businessmen under the umbrella of the Bay Area Basketball Partners, L.L.C.

2006

In April 2006, Forbes published a list of the most highly compensated CEOs. Thompson was ranked #8 with a total compensation of US$71.84 million.

2008

Thompson was a strong supporter of Barack Obama's campaign during the 2008 election cycle. In January 2009, news sources reported that President-elect Obama was considering Thompson to fill the Secretary of Commerce post in the Obama administration. Ultimately, Senator Judd Gregg was chosen for the post but withdrew his name on February 12. Thompson again remained a potential candidate until the successful appointment of Gary Locke.

2009

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed Thompson to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2009.

2010

In 2010, Thompson was recognized for his commitment to education in Silicon Valley at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's 2010 Pioneers & Purpose event. He received the Pioneer Business Leader award, which is awarded to individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in Business and education.

2014

On February 4, 2014, Thompson was appointed as chairman of Microsoft, succeeding Bill Gates. Prior to being named chairman, Thompson had been a member of the Microsoft Board for two years. He stated that he joined the board because he had "admired Microsoft for many, many, many years". Thompson said he considered Microsoft to be "one of the true, iconic companies in our country".