10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2012

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7. Symantec

Symantec's decision to part ways with CEO Enrique Salem (pictured) in July and its subsequent reorganization of its global sales team were interpreted by Wall Street as signs of the vendor's struggle to transition from the shrink-wrapped software to the software-as-a-service.

Some Wall Street analysts hailed the move as a positive, while others said the move could portend a possible breakup of the company that would separate its security and storage businesses.

This has been a year of big changes at Symantec, and it remains to be seen whether the shakeup in leadership will help get the company back on track.


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