Online file sharing and cloud content management service Box has hired former Symantec CEO Enrique Salem to serve a special advisor to the firm.

Nine-year-old Box hopes that the hire, announced by CEO Aaron Levie in a blog post, will enable it to strengthen its position in the market when talking to major corporate customers.

“At Box, Enrique will work closely with Box’s executive team, its global network of customers and partner ecosystem to innovate and advance a new model for cloud security,” wrote 28-year-old Levie, who also describes himself as the "Lead Magician" at Box in his Twitter profile.  

“Enrique and I got to know each other over the past few months and it became obvious that he could help us as we continue to deliver our platform to the world’s largest enterprises.”

Salem sits on the board for security vendors FireEye and ForeScout. He also gives advice to Barack Obama through the position he holds on the President's Management Advisory Board.

In its annual report last October, Box had a turnover approaching $100 million (£62 million) and is valued at $1.2 billion (£750 million). 

The company opened its international headquarters in London’s exclusive Mayfair area last October, shortly before it was selected to be on Tech City UK’s Future Fifty programme, which aims to champion the UK’s fastest growing technology companies.

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