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Symantec Vision 2014:
21 October
Park Plaza Riverbank
Keynote Speakers
Simon Moore

Simon Moor – Vice President, UK & Ireland

Simon Moor is Symantec’s Vice President for UK and Ireland, tasked with driving the success across all segments of Symantec’s business, Information Management, Information Security and User Productivity and Protection.

A passionate believer that the customer must be at the centre of any business, Simon has championed enhanced standards of customer care – encouraging his teams to spend more time understanding customer priorities and building relationships around those priorities.

Since joining Symantec in 2003 Simon has held a number of senior management positions including Senior Director of UK Enterprise Sales, Senior Director of EMEA Enterprise Sales, and Global Account Manager for some of Symantec's largest customers.

Simon has considerable experience accumulated over 26 years in the industry. In that time he has also held sales and management positions at Siebel Systems,, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Data General.

Darren Thomson

Darren Thomson - Vice President and Head of EMEA Marketing

Darren Thomson is Symantec’s Head of Marketing in our EMEA region. He holds responsibility for EMEA Marketing strategy and for all programmes and campaigns that are executed in the region. Prior to this role, Darren was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the EMEA region. In this role, he held overall technical responsibility for our strategic propositions and for the development and delivery of IT Risk Management, Virtualization, Mobile and Cloud Computing programmes to our major clients.

Since joining Symantec in July, 2003, Darren has also led various groups including global services practices covering Business Continuity Management, Storage & Data Management and Utility Computing. More recently he and his teams have worked with our clients to improve their IT risk postures and improve their IT operational efficiencies using forward thinking and innovative consulting techniques.

Before joining Symantec, Darren worked at The Morse Group, a pan-European systems integrator focused on the design and implementation of critical I.T. systems in the Financial Services, Telco and Media sectors. His final position at Morse was as their Group Technical Strategist, focused on "next generation" compute and storage network technologies. This role brought Darren into contact with many of today’s leading edge companies.

A citizen of the UK, Darren is a published author, his latest work being “Delivery Utility Computing: Business Driven IT Optimization” (ISBN 0-470-01576-4). He was educated in Hertfordshire, England and now holds several I.T. related qualifications including ITIL Practitioner and Management of Risk (“MoR”) accreditations from the UK Office of Government Commerce.

Darren is also a regular contributor to various media publications and appears regularly on podcasts, television and radio programmes across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.

Piero DePaoli

Piero DePaoli - Senior Director of Global Product Marketing

Piero DePaoli is Senior Director of Global Product Marketing for Symantec's Security Solutions. In this role, he leads a team of product marketers for Symantec's Mobility, Endpoint Management, Endpoint Security, Encryption, Authentication, Gateway Security, Cloud Security, Data Center Security, Data Loss Prevention, Trust Services, Internet of Things and Managed Security Services. Piero has more than 16 years experience building, marketing and selling mobility and security solutions to enterprises and SMBs. 

Prior to joining Symantec, Piero spent over 8 years with iPass where he led product management and product marketing initiatives for iPass’ enterprise mobility, device management and managed network services products. Prior to iPass, Piero held marketing, sales and sales engineering positions at CompuServe Network Services, UUNET and MCI WorldCom.

Piero holds an MBA with an emphasis in Information Systems and Marketing and an Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, from the University of California, Davis.

Ian Wood

Ian Wood – Head of Information Management Strategy EMEA

Ian is responsible for Symantec EMEA’s go-to-market strategy for Information Management. He has over 18 years’ experience in consultancy, pre-sales, sales specialist and product management roles in the storage industry. 4 years ago Ian spearheaded the Backup Appliances business in EMEA from concept to success.

Laurence Pitt

Laurence Pitt, Director, Information Security - EMEA

Laurence is the EMEA Director Information Security Strategy at Symantec, responsible for overall strategy and Go-To-Market across EMEA. He has worked in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years, and has broad experience of everything from coding, through to consulting and leadership.

Guest Keynote Speaker

Captain David Blakeley
Captain David Blakeley Book

Captain David Blakeley

Captain David Blakeley was a commander in the secretive British military unit The Pathfinders, also known as ‘The Ghost Platoon.’ They are trained to freefall ‘James Bond’ style from extreme high altitude, wearing oxygen masks and special survival suits. They work in small elite teams parachuting behind enemy lines, where they carry out extremely high-risk recce, sabotage, kill or capture missions.

He led the most audacious mission of the Iraq War, commanding a nine-man patrol going deep behind enemy lines – subject of his Sunday Times Bestselling book, Pathfinder, which has featured in all major British media as “the untold story of a secret elite British unit”. Surrounded by thousands of enemy forces and abandoned by coalition command, they were left to fight their way out of the enemy’s backyard. Miraculously, they did so, without losing a single member of their patrol.
At 21 years of age David was promoted to be the youngest Captain in the British Army since Sir Ranulph Fiennes, going on to serve in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq.

His second book MAVERICK ONE details the extraordinary tale of his selection into the military elite and the mental, physical and leadership challenges he faces. Since leaving the military he has worked as a consultant to Film and video game companies. He is currently in development with TV producers for action and adventure shows.