Francis deSouza, President of Illumina since 2013, leads Illumina’s Business Units, as well as its Product Development, Operations and Commercial functions, with a global responsibility from concept to commercialization of the company’s products. A key member of Illumina’s executive management team, Francis plays a central role in directing company strategy, planning and execution.
Previously, Francis served as President of Products and Services at Symantec Corporation, where he was responsible for driving the vision for the company’s market-leading portfolio and served in a variety of executive roles. He joined Symantec through the acquisition of IMlogic, where he was co-founder and CEO.
Prior to joining IMlogic, Francis led the team responsible for the development of the Microsoft’s enterprise real-time collaboration offerings. Previously, Francis was co-founder and CEO of Flash Communications, a provider of corporate instant messaging, which was acquired by Microsoft. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors at Illumina, Inc. and Citrix.
Francis received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.