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Darren Thomson

CTO & VP EMEA, Symantec

Darren Thomson is Symantec’s Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer for Europe, Middle-East & Africa. He has overall technical responsibility for customer engagement in the region and he is currently responsible for the development and delivery of cyber defence and strategic security programmes to major clients.

He is active in smart city projects across Europe and is a founding board member of the UK’s Hyper/CAT IoT Advisory Board (technical advisory to the UK Government and the Mayor of London in 2016) as well as a non-executive board member of TeenTech, a UK-based charity that aims to help young teenagers explore the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Since joining Symantec in 2003 Darren has run various business units including Consulting, Sales Engineering and, at present, The Office of the CTO.

Before joining Symantec, Darren worked at The Morse Group, a pan-European systems integrator focused on the design and implementation of critical IT systems in the Financial Services, Telco and Media sectors. His final position at Morse was as their Group CTO, focused on next generation compute and storage network technologies. This role brought Darren into contact with many of today’s leading-edge companies.

A citizen of the UK, Darren is a published author, his latest work being Delivering Utility Computing: Business Driven IT Optimization. He was educated at the University of Hertfordshire, England and holds several IT-related qualifications including ITIL Practitioner, PRINCE2 Project Management, TOGAF Foundations and Management of Risk.