Illumina announces John Thompson as next Chairman of the Board of Directors

– USA, CA –  Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN), today announced the appointment of John Thompson as the new Chair of the Board of Directors succeeding Jay Flatley who has decided to step down from the Board of Directors, effective as of the next AGM on May 26, 2021.

“John’s extensive leadership and operating experience, his proven track record as the Chair of Microsoft’s Board, as well as his tenure as our Lead Independent Director, uniquely position him to serve as Illumina’s next Chair. He is an outstanding choice to lead our talented Board.” said CEO, Francis deSouza.

He added: “It has been a privilege to work closely with Jay since I joined Illumina eight years ago. On behalf of our Board and the Company, I would like to thank Jay for his vision, partnership, and dedication to continued growth and innovation. The entire Illumina team wishes Jay all the best as he embarks on his new chapter,”

About John Thompson

Mr. Thompson has been a Director on Illumina’s Board since 2017. He brings extensive executive leadership experience having served in CEO roles at Virtual Instruments and Symantec. He also brings 28 years of leadership experience at IBM where he held senior roles in sales, marketing, software development and served as General Manager of IBM Americas. He has served as Microsoft’s Chair of the Board since 2014 and as a director since 2012. He currently serves as a director on the boards of two privately held companies, Rubrik and Seismic Software. He has also served on the boards of Symantec, NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company), Fortune Brands, Seagate Technologies, and United Parcel Service. Mr. Thompson 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.

“I am honored to be selected as Illumina’s next Chair of the Board,” said Mr. Thompson. “I look forward to working with Francis and the Board to support the next phase of Illumina’s evolution to benefit patients, employees, customers, and shareholders.”

Mr. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in management science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business, and Florida A&M University.

About Illumina

Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Our focus on innovation has established us as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, serving customers in the research, clinical, and applied markets. Our products are used for applications in the life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture, and other emerging segments.

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