People: Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)
Mr. John Wendell Thompson is Independent Chairman of the Board of Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Thompson, previously lead independent director, became independent Chairman of our Board of Directors in February 2014. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Virtual Instruments, a privately-held company whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Since 2009, Mr. Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley. Mr. Thompson served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Symantec Corp. beginning in 1999, helping transform Symantec into a leader in security, storage, and systems management solutions. Mr. Thompson stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Symantec in 2009, and stepped down from Symantec’s board of directors in 2011. Previously, Mr. Thompson held leadership positions in sales, marketing, and software development at IBM, including general manager of IBM Americas. He was a member of IBM’s Worldwide Management Council.
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