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Symantec Appoints Rebecca Ranninger Vice President Of Human Resources

CUPERTINO, Calif. --October 8, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced today the promotion of Rebecca Ranninger to vice president, human resources effective September 17, 1997. Ms. Ranninger reports to president and CEO Gordon Eubanks and is responsible for overseeing all strategic planning and development of human resources, including world-wide staffing, compensation and benefits, HR information and software systems.

"Rebecca is a proven performer with a stellar record of achievement, working in our Legal Department," said Gordon Eubanks. "As part of her responsibilities she has been involved in many human resource issues worldwide. Rebecca has demonstrated great focus and a track record of executing. I am thrilled to have someone with Rebecca's talent and drive join our executive staff."

During the past six years at Symantec, Ms. Ranninger has dealt with the legal issues arising from all aspects of the software industry, including litigation, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, international sales, intellectual property and licensing issues. She has been heavily involved in the ongoing fight against software piracy, both domestically and internationally, and has completed terms as Secretary and Treasurer of the SPA's Copyright Protection Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Software Publishers Association.

Before joining Symantec in 1991, Ms. Ranninger was a business litigator with the San Francisco based law firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, where she gained front line experience in intellectual property litigation and securities litigation. She holds a J.D. from Stanford University, a B.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University, and a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University.

About Symantec
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.

Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.

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