Published reports peg John Thompson as the frontrunner since New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson removed himself from consideration amid a federal probe.
Thompson, Symantec’s CEO, raised nearly $200,000 for Obama during the presidential campaigns. Beyond that, however, he is a tried-and-true techie who knows business. He came to Symantec from IBM Corp. (IBM), where he was a pretty high-up muckety muck.
Thompson is slated to retire as CEO in April, although he’ll retain his position as board chairman. A move to Washington, D.C., would of course change that.