John W. Thompson is a former Chairman and CEO of Symantec, a Fortune 500 software company, and a former vice-president at IBM. During his tenure as CEO of Symantec, he was the only African American leading a major technology company. He has served on the boards of Microsoft, UPS, Seagate Technolgies, and Teach for America. Thompson purchased a 20 percent share of the Golden State Warriors NBA team in 2005 along with three other Silicon Valley businessmen under the umbrella of the Bay Area Basketball Partners, L.L.C.In April 2006, Forbes published a list of the most highly compensated CEOs. Thompson was ranked #8 with a total compensation of $71.84 million. In January 2009, news sources reported that Barack Obama was considering Thompson to fill the Commerce secretary post in the Obama administration. His home in Woodside, CA is also mapped on this site.
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