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John Phirippidis

John Phirippidis

Principal Planning Specialist

 

Work at Symantec

Prior to working for Symantec, what was your first experience with its products?

Because I was one of the company’s earliest employees, my first experience with computers was here at Symantec.  Before that, I worked in management in the retail industry.

How long have you been working for Symantec and how did you join?

In 1985 I joined a 20-person startup software company.  Three years later, the company was acquired by Symantec and I’ve been working for Symantec ever since.

What gives you the most satisfaction in your job?

One of the most satisfying things for me has been to see Symantec grow from 200 people to more than 15,000 worldwide and being exposed to cutting edge technologies along the way.  It has been very interesting to be part of the evolution of Symantec, particularly when we moved from focusing primarily on consumer products to providing enterprise solutions.  It is gratifying to see the small company I started with so many years ago become a world-class software company.

What is your most memorable experience with Symantec?

I will never forget the day Symantec bought the small company I worked for.  The owners—two brothers—celebrated by running up and down the hallways discharging fire extinguishers and leaving white residue everywhere.  I wouldn’t necessarily call the owners visionaries, but they did recognize the significance of the company’s acquisition.

Another memorable experience was watching Wall Street’s response the day Symantec went public.

What do you think has been the most innovative solution Symantec has provided its customers?

I consider our antivirus technology Symantec’s most innovative solution.  When it came out, few people even knew what a computer virus was.  Then, with the advent of the Internet, virus protection became critical, and our antivirus technology has continued to raise the bar for computer security.

How do you and your team help to deliver on Symantec’s promise of Confidence in a connected world?

Our manufacturing and logistics team is responsible for making and delivering yellow boxes to the sales channels.  To that end, we work very closely with marketing, sales and finance to ensure that we’re aligned and delivering not only on the company’s expectations but also on its promise.

If you could grant Symantec one wish for its 25th birthday, what would it be?

My wish would be that Symantec sees continued success and double-digit growth year-over-year, and that we continue to hire and retain talented employees—because that’s how you stay successful.

25 years of your life

What were you likely doing in April 1982 when Symantec was formed?

In 1982, I was selling shoes in a department store in northern California.

What technological advancement has most changed your life since 1982?

I consider the cell phone the technological advancement that has most impacted my life, followed by the evolution of the computer and the Internet, the CD-ROM and DVD and, of course, email.

Funniest thing that has happened to you during the past 25 years?

A few years ago in a hotel at the bachelor party my brother threw me, he and the rest of the guys decided I should spend some time in the lobby of the hotel—but not with my clothes.

On a more serious note, where do you want to be 25 years from now?

I would like to be retired, living in a warm tropical setting and watching my grandchildren grow.