Oracle CIO jumps ship

David Thompson, who came to Oracle when it acquired PeopleSoft, has left to take up the same role at Symantec. Robert McMillan reports

Symantec has raided the ranks of its Silicon Valley neighbor Oracle to hire a new CIO. David Thompson, formerly senior vice president and CIO at Oracle, has taken over as Symantec's CIO, effective from January 30.

Symantec chief executive John Thompson announced the hire on a quarterly financial call with analysts on January 31.

David Thompson replaces Mark Egan, who will stay with Symantec for about another six months as he finishes up on IT projects relating to Symantec's 2005 Veritas acquisition, says a Symantec spokeswoman.

Thompson came to Oracle as part of the company's PeopleSoft acquisition, which was finalised early last year.

News of the hire comes as Symantec experiences a run of high-profile resignations. Last week, president Gary Bloom left the company, following former chief financial officer Greg Myers, who retired in November, and Bloom's co-president John Schwarz, who left in September to become chief executive of Business Objects.

Symantec is close to hiring a new chief financial officer to replace Myers, Thompson says. "I believe we're in the final round of interviews for a new CFO [and] I hope to announce our selection of a new CFO in the near future."

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