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Florida A&M University alumnus John Thompson is a major player in the tech industry. He’s the former chairman of Microsoft, and previously led the software company Symantec, known for its Norton anti-virus software. Today, he leads a startup called Virtual Instruments.

John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and former CEO of Symantec Corp, has been named chairman of Microsoft’s board of directors.

Thompson was the only African American leading a major tech company during his time at Symantec. He  is credited with increasing that company's revenues by more than $5.5 billion to $6.2 billion.