Vice President, Cross Product Engineering
Work at Symantec
Prior to working for Symantec, what was your first experience with its products?
My first experience with Norton products was at least 10 years ago, and I’ve been a Norton user since then.
How long have you been working for Symantec and how did you join?
I joined Symantec through the company’s 2005 merger with Veritas, where I had worked for four years.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?
I enjoy making things that people use. In my current position, I focus on how our different data center management products work together.
I also enjoy working with my associates here at Symantec. In my current role, I serve as liaison to facilities, human resources, and IT and have had many opportunities to spearhead activities that bring our teams together, from a worldwide foosball tournament to a photo contest complete with prizes.
What is your most memorable experience with Symantec?
One of the most memorable experiences for me was Symantec’s merger with Veritas. I was very involved in product integration and, as a result, was able to meet and work with many people both before and after the merger.
How do you and your team help to deliver on Symantec’s promise of Confidence in a Connected World?
One of our roles is to provide security for the technology that underpins the company’s data center and storage products. We create the technology that enables single sign-on and gives our products a way to communicate securely as they connect between servers and clients.
If you could grant Symantec one wish for its 25th birthday, what would it be?
My wish would be that Symantec has a year of growth.
25 years of your life
What were you likely doing in April 1982 when Symantec was formed?
I was just starting my career as a CPU chip designer in 1982 after having graduated from Virginia Tech with a master’s degree.
What technological advancement has most changed your life since 1982?
For me, email has had the greatest impact. I still remember the first time I got an email from someone outside the company. Now I use email to keep in touch with my family and friends, and I’ve even been known to email my wife when we’re at home together!
Funniest thing that has happened to you during the past 25 years?
One of the most unusual things to happen to me came about thanks to email and the Internet. I was born in the Washington, D.C. area and was adopted at birth. About 10 years ago I posted my information on a Web site dedicated to connecting adopted children with their birth parents. Nine years later, my birth mother contacted me. She sent me a letter and birthday card, then a picture of me at one week old, my birth certificate, and a number of other items from my birth.
I discovered that my birth mother had another son—whom she had named John. Then I discovered that my birth father had been married, and had another son—whom he named John. So, today, I have two half-brothers with whom I share the same name.
Most memorable pop culture experience during the past 25 years?
I remember attending a concert in Golden Gate Park on my 35th birthday. Robin Williams and Santana were there. It was a big event.
World event that has most positively impacted your life during the past 25 years?
I can relate to Thomas Friedman’s book The World is Flat. The flattening of the world has enabled me to travel all over—India, China, and Japan. I recently took my son to climb Mt. Fuji in Japan.
On a more serious note, where do you want to be 25 years from now?
My mortgage will be paid off 26 years from now. I will be retired and enjoying life.
What changes in the world do you expect to see 25 years from now?
Given the way the world is increasingly connected, I can’t imagine the people will come to work in an office in 25 years. Everything will be virtual. We already see this on my team. Except for one person, my entire staff is located outside our Mountain View office.