Symantec comms leader Lacter departs amid restructuring

Symantec's CCO has left as the company restructures its communications department.

Colleen Lacter
Colleen Lacter

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Symantec communications leader Colleen Lacter has left the company as it restructures its comms department ahead of a corporate split.

A Symantec representative said Lacter’s last day at the tech company was Thursday, December 4 but declined to comment further on her departure.

Lacter told PRWeek that Symantec eliminated the CCO position and is restructuring its marketing and communications departments in preparation for its split into two companies. Symantec, known for its Norton anti-virus software, said in October it would split into two publicly traded companies, one that focuses on cyber security and the other concentrating on information management. The spinoff is expected to be completed by December 2015.

Symantec also recently appointed a new CEO after firing chief executive Steve Bennett in March amid declining revenues. Board member Michael Brown, former chairman and CEO of Quantum, immediately took over as interim chief executive and assumed the role on a permanent basis in September.

Lacter joined Symantec in July 2013 as VP and CCO. While leading the global communications team, she oversaw employee communications, corporate communications, and industry trade analyst relations.

"I’m incredibly proud of having reinvigorated Symantec’s communications organization. The company’s communications effort is now more consistently global, proactive, and focused on impact over activity," Lacter said. "I had a great run at Symantec and believe its future couldn’t be brighter."

Lacter had replaced CCO Harry Pforzheimer, who left the company in May 2013 after less than a year as its communications leader. Pforzheimer had reported to Bennett.

Before joining Symantec, Lacter worked at Waggener Edstrom for 20 years with Microsoft as a client, helping with product launches including Internet Explorer, MSN, and Bing.

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