Slack appoints Symantec's Sheila B. Jordan to its board of directors

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Workplace collaboration software company Slack has named Sheila B. Jordan, Symantec's senior vice president and chief information officer, as a member of its board of directors and to aid the company's security strategy.

She brings an impressive record of cybersecurity and information technology experience to her seat at the table.

"[Jordan] embodies Slack's core values and has a proven record of leadership and results in enterprise transformation," said Stewart Butterfield, Slack's chairman and chief executive officer. "Her wealth of expertise across enterprise and business technology will be a valuable source of guidance and she'll bring the voice of the customer into our boardroom."

Jordan joined Symantec as senior vice president and chief information officer in 2014, where she spearheaded information technology strategy and operations. Prior to that, she was the senior vice president of communication and collaboration IT at Cisco Systems, where she ran global applications for 65,000 employees. Before that, she was also the senior vice president of Destination Disney, where she designed a "transformational" experience for guests.

She currently holds board memberships at Nextspace Ltd. and FactSet Research Systems Inc. in addition to her new membership at Slack.

"I believe there is nothing more critical than driving organizational alignment and agility within enterprises today. Slack has developed a new category of enterprise software to help unlock this potential and I'm thrilled to now be a part of their story," Jordan said.

Prior to the announcement of Jordan's appointment to the board, Slack published a blog post outlining new features of its cyber security strategy, including the ability for teams to work remotely while staying within the parameters of industry and company requirements.

The updated security, in conjunction with naming Jordan to the board of directors, is likely an attempt to meet the security requirements of potential customers in heavily-regulated industries, as well as a means to distinguish Slack from Microsoft's comparable product, Teams.