Michael A. Brown

Berklee Trustee; Presidential Innovation Fellow, Defense Department

Michael Brown is president and CEO of Symantec, the global leader in cybersecurity, with $4 billion in revenues in 2015. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, Symantec protects more than 370,000 businesses and governments as well as more than 50 million consumers from the next generation of attacks.

Prior to his position at Symantec, Brown was the chairman of Line 6, a supplier of modeling guitars, guitar amplifiers, effects processors, and other audio gear incorporating digital signal processing. Line 6 was among the top 50 music and audio companies worldwide before becoming a division of Yamaha in 2014. Brown joined the board of Line 6 in 2004 and was elected chairman in 2005. 

In 2011, Brown invested in and joined the board of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform that is perhaps the world’s largest repository of data about music. The Echo Nest powered some of the world’s most widely used music services, such as Spotify, Sirius XM, Clear Channel, and Vevo, before Spotify acquired the company in 2014.

Prior to Line 6, Brown was the chairman and CEO of Quantum (1995-2003), a leader in the computer storage industry, specializing in backup and archiving products. During Brown's leadership of Quantum, the company achieved record revenues of $6 billion as the world’s leader in disk drives for personal computers (1992-2001) and the world’s largest tape drive business (1998-2002). He also led the company’s diversification into new storage systems businesses, growing systems revenues tenfold. He joined Quantum in 1984.

Brown has served on the President’s Advisory Council of Berklee since 2007. In his spare time, he plays keyboards and manages the Wildcats, a classic rock dance band formed in 2000 that has raised over $150,000 for local public schools. Brown received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in economics in 1980 and a master's of business administration degree from Stanford University in 1984. He is married, has two children, and lives in Palo Alto, California.