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People in the News: Francis deSouza, Lyn Griffiths


Francis de Souza has been named president of Illumina. In his new role, de Souza will report to CEO Jay Flatley, and will lead the San Diego company's business units. He will also join Illumina's executive management team.

Illumina announced a business reorganization last month that was accompanied by changes in managerial duties, and included the splitting of the roles of president and CEO (BAN 10/22/2013).

DeSouza will join Illumina in December. He currently serves as president of products and services at Symantec, which he joined after Symantec acquired Imlogic, a company he co-founded and led as CEO. DeSouza was also the co-founder and CEO of Flash Communications, which Microsoft acquired in 1998. Following that acquisition, deSouza worked at Microsoft and was responsible for the development of the company's enterprise real-time collaboration offerings.

DeSouza holds MSc and BSc degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lyn Griffiths has been appointed executive director of Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

Griffiths joins QUT from Griffith University, where she was was head of the School of Medical Science, and then dean research and director of the Griffith Health Institute.