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Symantec Appoints BEA Systems' Bill Coleman to Board of Directors

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the appointment of William (Bill) Coleman III, BEA Systems founder and chief customer advocate, to the Symantec board of directors, bringing the total number of directors on the board to eight.

Coleman was the chairman and chief executive officer of BEA from the time he co-founded BEA in early 1995 until Oct. 2001. Today he serves as BEA's chief customer advocate and a member of the board of directors.

"Bill brings broad enterprise software expertise from more than 30 years in high-technology and software development," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman and chief executive officer. "Combined with his focus on the customer experience, Bill will be a tremendous addition to our team."

Coleman previously held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc, including founder, vice president and general manager of Sun Professional Services; vice president of system software overseeing Sun OS, Solaris and related products; and co-founder of Sun Federal, Inc.

Coleman has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master's degree in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University. He is president of the Colorado University Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities Foundation, sits on the boards of directors of the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group and the American Electronics Association. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

In addition, both Ernst & Young and the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at Colorado University-Boulder named Coleman their 2001 "Entrepreneur of the Year." BusinessWeek named him one of 2001's 25 top executives.

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