Francis deSouza

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Francis deSouza
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deSouza at Illumina Cambridge, 2017
Born
Francis Aurelio deSouza

(1970-12-02) December 2, 1970 (age 48)
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B./S.M.)
OccupationEntrepreneur and business executive
Years active1991–present
EmployerIllumina
TitlePresident & CEO
Board member ofThe Walt Disney Company (February 2018 to present)

Illumina (2013 to present)

Citrix Systems (December 2014 to July 2016)
Spouse(s)Divorced
Children2

Francis Aurelio deSouza (/ˈdʌszɑː/; born December 2, 1970) is an American entrepreneur and business executive who is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Illumina[1] [2].

Before Illumina, deSouza was president of products and services at Symantec[3] [4]. He joined Symantec in 2006 when Symantec acquired IMlogic, where deSouza was founder and CEO[5]. Prior to IMlogic, deSouza worked at Microsoft from 1998 to 2001 after Microsoft acquired Flash Communications, where deSouza was co-founder and CEO[6].

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Elpinki, an Ethiopian/Greek mother, and Domingos, an Indian father, and was the second of five children[7]. His mother was a homemaker and his father was a commercial representative for Itochu, a Japanese trading company. Before he was 5, his family moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates[8].

In 1987, at age 16, he graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in Dubai and was admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)[9]. He graduated Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi from MIT in 1992 with Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and a minor in economics[10].

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Early in his career, he worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and then in management consulting[11] [12]. deSouza was co-founder and CEO of Flash Communications, a provider of corporate instant messaging that was acquired by Microsoft in 1998[13]. Following the acquisition, deSouza joined Microsoft and became a product unit manager, where he led the team responsible for the development of the company's enterprise real-time collaboration offerings, including instant messaging, chat, Voice over IP and NetMeeting[14].

deSouza left Microsoft in 2001 and founded IMlogic, where he served as CEO[15] and grew the company into the market leading provider of instant messaging security[16].

Symantec[edit]

deSouza joined Symantec through the company's acquisition of IMlogic in February 2006[17]. deSouza served as president of products and services at Symantec until November 11, 2013[18] [19]. He led research, product management, engineering, customer support and operations for Symantec's offerings, which generated $6.73 billion in revenue in FY11[20].

Illumina[edit]

deSouza has been president and chief executive officer of Illumina since July 5, 2016, and has served on Illumina's board of directors since November 2013[21] [22]. Prior to becoming president and CEO in July 2016 [23], he served as President of Illumina from November 2013 [24] to July 2016. He was responsible for Illumina's business units and the core functions responsible for developing, marketing, selling and supporting the company's products. deSouza joined Illumina in November 2013[25].

The Walt Disney Company[edit]

In February 2018 deSouza was elected to the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company[26].

Other Boards[edit]

He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Citrix Systems from December 2014 to June 2016[27].

Accolades and recognition[edit]

In 2018 Fortune magazine selected deSouza as #10 on their global list of 2018 Top Businesspersons of the Year[28].

In 2018 deSouza was recognized as #44 on Glassdoor's Top 100 CEOs list[29].

In 2007 deSouza was selected for Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list[30].

In 2003, he was named to Fast Company's debut list of Fast 50 Champions of Innovation[31].

In 2003 deSouza was a finalist for the Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year Award[32].

In 2002 he was selected for Boston Business Journal's 5th annual 40 under 40 list[33].

deSouza holds a number of patents in computer security[34][35][36][37][38].

He has been in the press including CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and Fox Business[39][40][41].

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Diego Magazine "The Man Behind San Diego's $26 Billion Company"
  2. ^ San Diego Tribune "Illumina CEO brings entrepreneurial spirit to genomics giant"
  3. ^ Reuters Brief Biography "Francis deSouza", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  4. ^ Businessweek Executive Profile, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  5. ^ Information Age, "Symantec Buys IMlogic", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  6. ^ CNet, "Microsoft merger gets message", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  7. ^ The Goan Voice, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  8. ^ The Goan Voice, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  9. ^ Fortune, "Francis deSouza".
  10. ^ Fortune, "Francis deSouza".
  11. ^ Crunchbase, "Francis deSouza".
  12. ^ RSA Conference, "Francis deSouza".
  13. ^ CNet, "Microsoft merger gets message", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  14. ^ The Wall Street Transcript, "Francis deSouza – IMlogic Inc".
  15. ^ Engineering Our World: MIT school of Engineering "Today's "real" engineers"
  16. ^ MIT, "Francis deSouza, CEO of IMlogic", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  17. ^ Information Age, "Symantec Buys IMlogic", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  18. ^ Reuters Brief Biography, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  19. ^ Businessweek Executive Profile, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  20. ^ Symantec.com, "Symantec FY11 Earnings", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  21. ^ http://www.illumina.com, "Jay Flatley to Assume Role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Illumina; Francis deSouza Appointed President and CEO"
  22. ^ MarketWatch, http://www.marketwatch.com, "Illumina Names Francis deSouza as President"
  23. ^ Illumina.com, "Jay Flatley to Assume Role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Illumina; Francis deSouza Appointed President and CEO"
  24. ^ MarketWatch, http://www.marketwatch.com, "Illumina Names Francis deSouza as President"
  25. ^ MarketWatch, http://www.marketwatch.com, "Illumina Names Francis deSouza as President"
  26. ^ LA Times Article, "Disney adds two board members from tech world"
  27. ^ Citrix.com "Citrix Appoints Francis deSouza to Board of Directors"
  28. ^ Fortune, “2018 Businessperson of the Year”.
  29. ^ Glassdoor.com,"Top CEOs 2018".
  30. ^ Silicon Valley Business Journal, "People to watch"
  31. ^ Fast Company, "Fast 50" List 2003", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  32. ^ The Free Library "Ernst & Young Announces New England Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalists"
  33. ^ Boston Business Journal, "Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 2002", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  34. ^ Freshpatents.com, "Patents List", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  35. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, "Methods and systems for detecting and preventing the spread of malware on instant messaging (IM) networks by using Bayesian filtering", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  36. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, "Methods and systems for detecting and preventing the spread of malware on instant messaging (IM) networks by analyzing message traffic patterns", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  37. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, "Methods and systems for detecting and preventing the spread of malware on instant messaging (IM) networks by using automated IM users", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  38. ^ USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, "Methods and systems for detecting and preventing the spread of malware on instant messaging (IM) networks by using fictitious buddies", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  39. ^ CNBC, "Illumina CEO on the growth of DNA sequencing"
  40. ^ Businessweek, "Most Finders of Lost Smartphones are Snoops", Accessed on 2012-04-19.
  41. ^ Fox Business News, "Protecting Your Company from Cyber Espionage", Accessed on 2012-04-19.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Jay Flatley
CEO of Illumina
2006–present
Incumbent