Symantec chairman John Thompson has been named chief executive at enterprise storage and virtualisation firm Virtual Instruments.
The company said that Thompson will move up from his spot on the board of directors into the chief executive role. California-based Virtual Instruments specialises in storage area network systems and IT virtualisation tools.
"Successfully applying virtualisation to business-critical applications remains a tremendous IT challenge," said Thompson.
"I am truly excited to join an exceptionally talented team that has created a breakthrough solution for providing deep visibility into virtualised infrastructure."
Thompson was chief executive at Symantec for 10 years, during which time the company went from a security software specialist into a player in the enterprise storage and management fields.
Thompson is also well known in Washington DC, and was named as a top candidate for commerce secretary under the Obama administration.
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