Illumina has named John Thompson to its board of directors, effective May 3. Thompson is chairman of the board at Microsoft. He has also served as CEO at Symantec and Virtual Instruments, has held various roles over 28 years at IBM, and has served on the boards of Symantec, Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Fortune Brands, Seagate Technologies, and UPS. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Wetlands America Trust and was formerly a member of the national board of Teach for America. In addition, he has served on several government commissions, including the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and the Silicon Valley Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security and Technology.