One of Symantec's last pre-merger execs to leave

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One of Symantec's last pre-merger execs to leave

One of Symantec's only remaining executives who pre-dates the company's 2016 Blue Coat acquisition will not be with the security vendor in the new year.

SMB sales leader John Sorensen will depart Symantec at the end of the month, according to a source familiar with the situation. This follows a meteoric rise that began when Sorensen joined Symantec as an area manager in October 2005, and culminated in him leading the US$4.02 billion security vendor's worldwide SMB, midmarket sales and channel operations for the past 15 months.

"John rose up the ranks pretty quickly," the source said. "Inside of Symantec, he was well-thought-of."

Symantec confirmed Sorensen's departure, but didn't respond to questions about the timing and reason for his exit, as well as how he was being replaced. Sorensen also didn't respond to requests for comment.

"We want to thank John Sorensen for the contributions he has made to Symantec during his tenure with the company," Symantec said in an emailed statement. "His efforts have positioned us well as we continue to serve the needs of medium and small business owners."

Sorensen was promoted in April 2016 from vice president of Americas sales to senior vice president of global sales, where he directed the company's enterprise operations. He shifted to overseeing SMB, midmarket and channel sales in September 2016, one month after the company's US$4.65 billion purchase of enterprise-focused Blue Coat Systems closed.

Sorensen was one of the last remaining Symantec executives in power since it completed the Blue Coat acquisition 16 months ago.

Former Blue Coat executives have since assumed nearly all top executive posts including chief executive, president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, head of worldwide sales, head of sales for the Americas, head of Americas channels, head of the global partner sales organisation, and head of the global systems integrator organisation.

The company's service provider, MSP, strategic partnership efforts, and worldwide field and channel marketing efforts are also lead by Blue Coat vets. A legacy Blue Coat executive has been tapped to fill Sorensen's role as well, according to the source familiar with the situation.

"Symantec folks probably think there's no one in there who really gets them right now," the source said. "No one really understands their side of things."

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