Vice President, Engineering
IBM Internet Security Systems


Heath Thompson serves as vice president of engineering for IBM Internet Security Systems. Thompson is responsible for the company’s global delivery of its hardware and software product solutions and is a part of the team responsible for guiding the strategic direction of both product and service solutions.

Thompson has more than 25 years of experience in the software development industry and has worked in both entrepreneurial and enterprise organizations. Prior to joining IBM Internet Security Systems, Thompson was the founder and CEO of Thoughtmill Corporation, a consulting organization with nearly 200 employees that was named one of Atlanta’s Fastest Growing Technology companies in 1999. Thoughtmill delivered custom software solutions through its vertical practice units to technology companies and enterprise organizations like T-Mobile, IBM, Scientific-Atlanta, AFLAC and many others. The company was later acquired by American Systems Corporation (ASC) in 2002.

Before founding Thoughtmill, Thompson was director of engineering with Attachmate Corporation and was responsible for several award-winning products including OpenMind, which won Network Computing’s “Product of the Year” award twice. He was also the company’s Internet architect and helped launch its early Internet strategy. Thompson has also held senior architecture and engineering management roles at companies including DCA, Schlumberger, Intelligent Systems and Hayes.

Thompson is a member of the Georgia Tech College of Computing Alumni Advisory Board and has served on a technical advisory council to former U.S. Senator Max Cleland. He has also been an active participant in the Common Criteria User’s Forum and the Business Software Alliance. He holds a master’s degree in information and computer science from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Emory University.