TORONTO, Ont. -- May 14, 1996 -- Christopher Calisi, 37, has been appointed Vice President Communications Product Group of Symantec's Toronto-based Delrina Group operations and businesses, effective immediately. Mr. Calisi, reporting directly to Gordon E. Eubanks, Jr., Symantec president and CEO, will lead all activities of the group worldwide, which include Symantec's communications, remote communications, and electronic forms product development businesses.
After a period of transitioning the Delrina organization and products into Symantec since the combination announced last July, Delrina co-founders Dennis Bennie and Bert Amato have resigned their positions and will continue for a period of time in a consulting capacity to Symantec. Mr. Bennie has also stepped down from Symantec’s Board.
"Dennis and Bert have earned our respect through their key entrepreneurial roles in building a market-leading and respected franchise in communications and electronic forms, and in leading the introduction of long-anticipated innovative new products into the market this year for Symantec," said Mr. Eubanks. "We expect a smooth transition to the new management team with assistance from Dennis and Bert over the next few months."
Eubanks commented on Calisi’s appointment, "We are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris, with his breadth of experience and leadership in communications as well as network software, to head the Delrina Group. Chris has a demonstrated track record in leveraging the best development efforts together with sales and marketing to deliver solutions that excite customers."
Previously, Calisi was General Manager of the pcANYWHERE business unit within the Symantec Delrina Group, with development effort and operations based in Melville, NY. Calisi joined Symantec in 1992 to assist during the successful transition of DMA's products and operations into Symantec. Since then, under Calisi's direction, the pcANYWHERE remote-communications software products have become one of Symantec's top-selling, best-of-breed offerings and a market leader in the category. Calisi has worked for several entrepreneurial startups, but the majority of his career before Symantec was spent at Computer Associates. Throughout his 15-year career in the computer industry, he has held a series of positions in product development as well as sales. Calisi graduated from State University of New York with a degree in Computer Science and received Executive Training at the Wharton School of Business.
Delrina Group general managers, Marc Camm responsible for WinFax and CommSuite, Teddy Rosenberg for FormFlow, and Michael Kerman for pcANYWHERE will be reporting to Mr. Calisi.
"I feel confident that the development team has matured to the point that it is fully capable of managing and delivering the next generation of high quality, leading edge products," said Mr. Amato. “I believe that this is an appropriate time for me to hand over the reins."
"We began Delrina with a five-man executive team focused on a common goal, to build one of the top ten PC software companies in the world," added Bennie. "At the time of our merger with Symantec, we had achieved our goal with the original executive team in place. I am proud of Delrina’s accomplishment in becoming one of the finest software development firms in the industry and thoroughly enjoyed the spirit and camaraderie we shared."
"The communications and electronic-forms products from Delrina Group are recognized worldwide as leaders in their categories," said Mr. Calisi. "The development teams and people at Delrina Group are truly dedicated and experienced at producing innovative and successful products, and I look forward to providing further leadership in extending the many successes achieved by the Delrina Group."
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