Rubrik appoints John W. Thompson as Lead Independent Board Director

John W. Thompson, Lead Independent Board Director at Rubrik

Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security™ firm, has appointed John W. Thompson, former Microsoft Chairman and Symantec CEO, as the lead independent director of Rubrik’s Board.

According to the recent Rubrik Zero Labs State of Data Security report, over 98% of firms experienced a cyberattack in the past year, and more than half faced a ransomware attack.

As ransomware attacks continue to grow in volume and sophistication, relying on infrastructure security alone has become insufficient. To effectively defend against attacks, organisations must prioritize data security as part of a holistic cybersecurity strategy to help ensure they can quickly recover business-critical operations in the event of an attack.

What does Thompson bring to Rubrik in the role?

Thompson brings more than 40 years of leadership experience in the technology industry. He succeeded Bill Gates as Chairman of Microsoft’s board and serves as the lead independent director. Thompson was the Chairman and CEO of Symantec and he currently serves as the Chairman of Illumina’s board. He joined Rubrik’s board of directors in 2018. In this expanded role, Thompson will continue to help facilitate Rubrik’s mission to secure the world’s data.

“While data is the most important asset of every organisation, the traditional cybersecurity strategies have failed to protect data against modern cyberattacks such as ransomware. In order to win this war on data, Rubrik is redefining the cybersecurity industry with data security that gives organisations business resilience. I’m honored to expand my role on Rubrik’s board and be a part of the company’s hyper-growth trajectory,” said Thompson.

What does this mean for Rubrik and the industry?

Bipul Sinha, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rubrik

“We have built an elite leadership team of cybersecurity experts across public and private sectors to better equip our customers in the ongoing battle against data threats such as ransomware,” said Bipul Sinha, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rubrik.

“John is a cybersecurity pioneer. His proven experience building iconic companies will help us continue to deliver data security innovations and define the future of cybersecurity.”

“No company should be without a data resilience plan. Cyber criminals target our schools, our hospitals, our government, and other critical infrastructure. Rubrik helps organisations quickly get back up and running after an attack. John is an industry legend and we are excited to welcome him to the lead independent director role on Rubrik’s board of directors,” said Asheem Chandna, Partner, Greylock and a founding investor of Palo Alto Networks.

Cyberattacks are occurring at an alarming rate. To stay ahead of threats, the cybersecurity community must move fast to protect global companies and the critical data we all rely on. With John as the lead independent board director, Rubrik is in a strategic position to deliver on that promise,” said Enrique Salem, Partner, Bain Capital and Netskope board member.