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Symantec Promotes Giesbrecht To Run International Business

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 22, 2000 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the appointment of Dieter Giesbrecht as senior vice president International. Previously Giesbrecht had been vice president of Symantec's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business for three years.

In his new role, Giesbrecht is responsible for Symantec's worldwide business outside of the United States and Canada including all sales, marketing and services activities. At just less than $85 million, international revenue accounted for 42 percent of Symantec's $201 million total revenue in the December 1999 quarter.

"As Vice President EMEA, Dieter achieved tremendous revenue growth. In his new international role, he will be looking to achieve similar results on a larger geographic scale," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman, president and CEO. "He will also be focused on implementing consistent business practices across our international operations."

Giesbrecht has a degree from the Technical University of Furtwangen, Germany. Symantec plans to announce a successor as vice president EMEA.

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