Symantec has named John Thompson, former general manager of IBM?s Americas unit, as chairman, president and chief executive, to replace Gordon Eubanks, who announced plans to step down in January.
Eubanks, who was president and chief executive of the software firm,since 1984, has left Symantec to head Oblix, a Silicon Valley start up (see VNU Newswire, 9 April, 1999).
Thompson, who was also considered head of Big Blue?s software business, replaces Carl Carman, who will remain on the board of directors, as chairman.
Elsewhere, Symantec said it had signed up ecommerce supplier Beyond.com to build it a global online software store. This is scheduled for launch in the US in the second quarter, but an international version will follow in the third.
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