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Illumina names John Thompson to board

John W. ThompsonIllumina, Inc., a manufacturer of life science tools, announced that John W. Thompson will join the company’s board of directors on May 3, 2017.

Mr. Thompson’s executive leadership experience includes having served in chief executive officer roles at Symantec and Virtual Instruments, as well as 28 years of prior leadership experience at IBM where he held senior roles in sales, marketing, software development, and as general manager of IBM Americas.

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Mr. Thompson is chairman of the board at Microsoft and has served on the corporate boards of Symantec, NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company), Fortune Brands, Seagate Technologies, and United Parcel Service (UPS).

He is a member of the board of trustees for the Wetlands America Trust and 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.

Mr. Thompson received his B.A. in business administration from Florida A&M University and his M.S. in management science from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.




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