News from IT House on March 15thMicrosoft's board of directors recently completed a new round of adjustments.John W. Thompson, the experienced chief independent director, is stepping down and will be replaced by Sandi Peterson, an operating partner of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
A brief introduction to the characters of Thompson attached to IT House is as follows:
Before joining Symantec, John Thompson worked at IBM for nearly 30 years and was seen as one of the most likely successors.
He became CEO of Symantec in 1999 and led Symantec from a single Norton products company with an annual turnover of US $600 million to a multinational company with an annual turnover of more than US $6 billion and a global leader in the field of information security.
Thompson later became an independent director of Microsoft's board of directors and was appointed chairman of the board on February 4, 2014.
Sandy Peterson (Sandi Peterson) is an American businesswoman. She is currently an operating partner of Clayton,Dubilier&Rice and serves on the board of directors of Microsoft. She served as global chairman of Johnson Group from 2012 to 2018 and previously held leadership positions at Bayer Medical, Medco Healthcare Solutions, Nabesk and Whirlpool.
On the changing roles of Thompson and Peterson, Microsoft CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors Satya Nadella said:
I have always valued John's advice and leadership, thanked him for his contribution as chief independent director, and hoped that he would continue to provide Microsoft with a strategic perspective for the future. Since joining the board, Sandi has provided valuable guidance and insights. I am glad that she will continue to bring a wealth of expertise and leadership to Microsoft as chief independent director.
Microsoft's board currently has 12 members, and the list is as follows:
Sandra E. Peterson, Chief Independent Director of Microsoft
Reid G. Hoffman, Greylock partners General partner
Hugh F. Johnston, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo
Teri L. List,Gap, Inc. Former executive vice president and chief financial officer
Satya Nadella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft
Founder and chairman of Penny S. Pritzker,PSP Partners
Carlos A. Rodriguez,ADP, Inc. Executive chairman
Charles W. Scharf, CEO and President of Wells Fargo & Company
Padmasree Warrior,Fable Group Inc. Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
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