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Interview: Altiris' Greg Butterfield


Symantec has completed its acquisition of Altiris, of which you were CEO. What's the corporate structure and your role?

Altiris will be a separate business unit with its own P&L [profit and loss]. I report directly to John Thompson, chairman and CEO of Symantec.

You took Altiris from $3 million to $230 million in six years. How much of the acquisition was about getting you into Symantec?

That's probably for John Thompson to answer. This was not a technology-only acquisition. Altiris has expertise in the midmarket. We have excellent relationships with Intel, Dell, HP, large systems integrators. We have 1,500 VARs in the midmarket space. Symantec will take advantage of what we've done to help continue its growth trajectory.

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