Symantec Appoints Dr. Per-Kristian Halvorsen To Board Of Directors
CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 25, 2000 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today
announced the appointment of Dr. Per-Kristian Halvorsen to the Symantec Board of
Directors. Halvorsen is director of the Information Sciences and Technology
Laboratory (ISTL) at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.
Halvorsen has extensive experience in private sector research activities and
under his direction, ISTL has established a reputation as a leader in web and
Internet research. The lab has conducted projects including innovative studies
and simulations of the large scale dynamics of web usage.
"Kris' expertise and active involvement in research around the Internet
technology environment will be incredibly valuable to Symantec as we continue to
expand our research efforts into the broad realm of Internet security," said John
W. Thompson, Symantec chairman, president and CEO. "As a long-term security
partner for our customers, Symantec must be at the forefront not only of today's
threats and solutions, but also of tomorrow's possibilities."
During his tenure at Xerox, Halvorsen has spearheaded the spin-out of several
technologies from the lab's Internet research. In 1996, he was central to the
creation of the Inxight Corp., to commercialize the ISTL's innovation in
"Information Visualization" and lexical technology for analysis of multi-lingual
content. From 1995-1998, he served on the board of directors of XBS/Document
Halvorsen is an inventor on more than 10 patents. In 1995, he created the
Intellectual Property Working Group at Xerox PARC, which has implemented
trend-setting IP management processes. In addition, Halvorsen maintains a broad
set of collaborations with local, Asian as well as European research institutes.
He and his team earned I.D. Magazine's bronze prize for their work in India in
1998. Halvorsen also serves on the board of directors of Autodesk Corp., and on
the advisory board of Groupfire Inc., an Internet services start-up based on
research from Xerox PARC.
Halvorsen received his doctorate degree in linguistics from the University of
Texas at Austin in 1977. Prior to joining Xerox Corp. in 1983, he had been a
professor at the University of Oslo and the University of Texas at Austin. He
also worked as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
in the Sloan Center for Cognitive Science.
Halvorsen is the co-author of the book "Situation, Language and Logic" and has
published widely in the areas of linguistics, natural language processing and
information access. He currently holds appointments as professor at the
University of Oslo and consulting professor in the Department of Linguistics at
Stanford University. He is a principal at the Center for Study of Language and
Information at Stanford University.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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