Microsoft shores up security with a Symantec expert

Microsoft has hired Richard Saunders, communications chief at internet security firm Symantec, to bolster its PR efforts in the areas of computer security and corporate social responsibility.

Saunders has joined Microsoft as corporate PR manager, EMEA, having been EMEA director of corporate communications and PR at Symantec, where he worked for six years.

Saunders reports to Microsoft EMEA director of corporate PR, Veerle Nuyts. His responsibilities are CSR and the perception of Microsoft as a corporate citizen, as well as promoting secure computer usage worldwide.

Saunders said he had taken the job because issues at Microsoft were ‘more significant from an industry perspective’.

A spokeswoman for Symantec said the company was still looking for a replacement for Saunders.

Saunders replaces Tiffany Steckler, whom Microsoft is to move to a yet-to-be-decided department as part of its three- to five-year role rotation programme.

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