Symantec CEO Steve Bennett has left the company less than two years after taking the role.
Symantec announced that Michael Brown (pictured left) will be appointed as interim CEO while the company looks for a permanent replacement.
The reason for Bennett's exodus from Symantec remains unknown, though the company said it "was the result of an ongoing deliberative process, and not precipitated by any event or impropriety."
Bennett became CEO in July 2012 after Symantec dropped Enrique Salem from the role. Bennett was responsible for helping the company reverse its ailing fortunes. Despite Bennett's efforts Symantec has continued to suffer and has shed thousands of jobs.
Symantec board chairman Daniel Schulman said the shake up is an essential part of the company's recovery strategy. "Our priority is now to identify a leader who can leverage our company's assets and leadership team to drive the next stage of Symantec's product innovation and growth," he said.
Brown joined Symantec's board of directors when the company bought Veritas Software in July 2005. He previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Quantum Corporation.
Brown said he plans to take a more aggressive strategy than Bennett during his time as CEO. "We have a leadership team in place that is capable of accelerating our growth and I look forward to working closely with them to help execute the next phase of the company's transformation plan," he said.
"The need for protecting and managing your information has never been stronger, and we must act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market. By concentrating on product innovation and growth initiatives, we aim to leverage Symantec's tremendous assets across both consumer and enterprise applications to enhance our position as a market leader."
Symantec has since adjusted its forecasts for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, reporting expectations to take between $1.615bn and $1.655bn in revenue. The company took in $1.748bn during the same period in 2013.
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