Enrique Salem

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Enrique Salem (born 1965) was the president and CEO of software company Symantec from 2009 until 2012, and was a member of the U.S. President's Management Advisory Board.

Salem attended Dartmouth College where he earned a Bachelor's of Arts (BA) degree in Computer Science. He was a Vice President at Peter Norton Computing which was acquired by Symantec in 1990, and he was a manager of the project to create the Norton Desktop for Windows. He left Symantec, then returned via the Brightmail acquisition.[1]

Enrique was named 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and 2007 Corporate Executive of the Year by Hispanic Net.

Salem had held vice-president positions at Security Pacific Merchant Bank, Ask Jeeves and Oblix Inc.[1]

Salem was the CEO of Brightmail, a company that made an email program designed to screen out spam email. Brightmail was acquired by Symantec in 2004. He was at Brightmail for almost two years. [1]

Salem took over from John W. Thompson as Symantec CEO in April 2009, then in 2012 was "ousted", apparently by Symantec's board of directors.[2]

Salem became a member of President Barack Obama’s U.S. President's Management Advisory Board in or before March, 2011, served till the end of the administration, and may still be on the board.[1][3]

Salem joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2014, where he focuses on infrastructure software and services with a specialization in cybersecurity. He serves on the boards of several Bain Capital Venture portfolio companies, including DocuSign, and serves independently on the boards of FireEye (FEYE), Atlassian (TEAM), and ForeScout (FSCT).


  1. ^ a b c d President's Management Advisory Board: Enrique Salem from archived whitehouse.gov page
  2. ^ Nick Turner ; Kathleen Chaykowski. He was at Symantec for almost 10 years while at Peter Norton Division-Symantec for almost 9 years. Symantec fires CEO Enrique Salem. San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2012
  3. ^ PMAB Meeting Minutes for March 11, 2011 from archived whitehouse.gov
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