Symantec Name President and COO

Symantec has announced that Michael Fey is to join the company as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Fey joins from Blue Coat, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer, and previously served as executive vice president, chief technology officer, and general manager of corporate products for Intel Security. Upon closing of the acquisition of Blue Coat, Symantec and Blue Coat leaders are working on identifying the combined company’s complete executive team post-close.

Symantec CEO-elect Greg Clark called Fey “a security industry visionary with significant experience in sales and operations and deep knowledge of the endpoint market”.

He said: “He played an integral role in driving Blue Coat forward, including defining our open platform strategy and leading our technology alliance partnership.

“Mike has a proven track record of driving and maintaining profitable growth while achieving operational excellence at scale. This, along with his substantial go-to-market expertise, will be instrumental as we complete the Symantec-Blue Coat transaction. Mike has been deeply involved in the integration planning and will continue to work closely with planning teams from both companies to ensure a thoughtful and seamless transition.”

“The joining of these two companies is unprecedented in the cybersecurity industry, and I couldn’t be more energized by this amazing opportunity,” said Fey. “By combining Symantec’s leading threat telemetry with Blue Coat’s network and cloud security, we will provide customers with unrivaled threat protection and unmatched cloud security.

“The scale and portfolio of the combined companies will best protect customers’ users, endpoints, emails, servers and data, both on premises and in the cloud. I look forward to collaborating with the exceptionally talented people at both Symantec and Blue Coat as we set the pace for innovation industrywide.”

The $4.65 billion acquisition was announced in June.

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