CUPERTINO, Calif. -- 4 April 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the appointment of Bill Robbins as senior vice president, Asia Pacific & Japan. In this role Robbins will serve as the senior leader for the overall Symantec business in Asia Pacific and Japan across more than 17 countries.
“Whether from cyber threats, user error, system failure, or natural disaster, businesses and individual consumers the world over are concerned with assuring the protection of their information, infrastructure, and interactions,” said Tom Kendra, executive vice president, Worldwide Sales & Services, Symantec Corp. “We now have more than 3,300 employees in Asia Pacific & Japan1 and without doubt this region continues to be a growth market for the company. Bill brings many years of senior leadership experience to this role and I’m delighted to have him lead our Asia Pacific & Japan business.”
Prior to heading the Asia Pacific & Japan organization, Robbins was Symantec’s vice president, Eastern United States & National Telecommunications Sales where he was responsible for a team of more than 175 account managers and a 400-person extended team. Previously Robbins was vice president, Northern Europe, VERITAS Software, and throughout the Symantec-VERITAS Software merger, Robbins led the integration planning for the global Sales organization.
Robbins joined VERITAS Software in 2002 to manage the company’s Worldwide Sales Operations organization. Reporting to the executive vice president of Sales, his responsibilities encompassed all aspects of Sales Operations on a global basis. Robbins also had responsibility for the company’s Pricing & Licensing organization, an Emerging Technology Sales organization and Channel Partner Operations Support.
Before joining VERITAS Software, Robbins was chief operating officer for Comdisco’s $800M Technology Services Division, which included running business operations for Comdisco’s High Availability Continuity, Web and Storage Services lines of business. While there, he was a lead executive in the divesture of the Services Division to SunGard Data systems where he co-managed the integration of the two businesses.
Before joining Comdisco, Robbins was a managing director of Business Development at MCI Systemhouse, a $2B outsourcing and system integration firm. Robbins has also held a wide range of positions at Electronic Data Systems.
Robbins graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics degree, both with top honors from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is also a Certified Management Accountant.
Robbins will be based in Singapore.
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1 Includes 1,700 employees in India Technical Operations