As senior vice president for the EMEA region, John Brigden is responsible for driving Symantec's sales, operations, and business development across the region. He brings to this role more than fifteen years experience in the IT and security industry, in addition to his involvement in legal and regulatory affairs, compliance and intellectual property management, providing a considered view of the difficult commercial and business issues impacting organisations working in today’s information-centric world.
Brigden joined Symantec as senior vice president, general counsel, through the company’s merger with VERITAS Software. At VERITAS, he also served as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary, leading all legal matters, including sales and services transactions, compliance and corporate governance, intellectual property, strategic partnerships, litigation and M&A.
Prior to joining VERITAS, Brigden held a number of management positions supporting sales and corporate development, as well as legal affairs and compliance for emerging and large technology enterprises, including Shutterfly, Inc. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. His technical background includes engineering positions at Rockwell International and General Motors Corporation. He began his legal career in private practice focusing on complex commercial licensing transactions, anti-trust and intellectual property litigation. He also served as an intern with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Brigden holds a J.D. degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with honors from Purdue University. He is a member of the California Bar Association and is also licensed to practice law in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He currently serves on the boards of both the Business Software Alliance and the Software Information Industry Association.