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Francis deSouza

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Francis deSouza
deSouza in 2017
Francis Aurelio deSouza

(1970-12-02) December 2, 1970 (age 53)
EducationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B./S.M.)
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur and business executive
Years active1991–present
Employer(s)SynthLabs, formerly Illumina, Symantec, IMLogic, Microsoft, Flash

Francis Aurelio deSouza (/ˈdʌszɑː/; born December 2, 1970) is an American entrepreneur and business executive. He is co-founder of SynthLabs, and a member of the Board of Directors of Deel Inc. [1]

He was previously the chief executive officer (CEO) of Illumina.[2][3] Before Illumina, deSouza was president of products and services at Symantec.[4][5] He joined Symantec in 2006 when Symantec acquired IMlogic, where deSouza was founder and CEO.[6] Prior to IMlogic, deSouza worked at Microsoft from 1998 to 2001 after Microsoft acquired Flash Communications, where deSouza was co-founder and CEO.[7]

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Personal life

He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to a mother of Ethiopian and Greek descent, Elpinki, and an Indian father, Domingos. He was the second of five children.[8] His mother was a homemaker and his father was a commercial representative for Japanese trading company Itochu. Before he was 5, his family moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[9]

In 1987, at age 16, he graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School, Dubai, UAE[10] and was admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[11] 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.[12]

Desouza was divorced in 2017 and has 2 children. Desouza invested in bitcoin in 2013 and the division of their cryptocurrency assets in the divorce became a subject of dispute, drawing attention to how cryptocurrency assets are treated in divorce.[13][14]


Early in his career, he worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and then in management consulting.[15][non-primary source needed]

Flash Communications

In 1997 DeSouza co-founded and was CEO of Flash Communications, a provider of corporate instant messaging that was acquired by Microsoft in 1998.[16]


Following Microsoft's acquisition of Flash, 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.[17]


DeSouza left Microsoft in 2001 and founded IMlogic, where he was CEO[18] and grew the company into the market leading provider of instant messaging security.[19]


DeSouza joined Symantec through the company's acquisition of IMlogic in February 2006.[20] DeSouza was president of products and services at Symantec until November 11, 2013.[21][22] He led the research, product management, engineering, customer support and operations for Symantec's offerings, which generated $6.73 billion in revenue in FY11.[23]


DeSouza was appointed president of Illumina, Inc. in November 2013, leading the company in envisioning, developing, and producing products.[24] In 2016, he was also appointed CEO.[25] On June 11, 2023, DeSouza announced that he was leaving Illumina. [26]


DeSouza co-founded SynthLabs in July 2023, a startup developing technology for an auditable, transparent and robust AI alignment platform.[27] SynthLabs' investors include Microsoft's M12 and First Spark Ventures.[28]

Board member

deSouza is on the Board of Directors of Deel Inc. [29]. He was on the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company[30] from February 2018 to April 2024.[30] and Citrix Systems from December 2014 to June 2016.[31]

Accolades and recognition


  1. ^ (May 29, 2024). "Deel Elects Francis deSouza to its Board of Directors".
  2. ^ Park, Alice (April 26, 2021). "2021 Time100 Most Influential Companies: Illumina Decoding Covid19". Time.
  3. ^ Fikes, Bradley J. (February 23, 2017). "Illumina CEO brings entrepreneurial spirit to genomics giant". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  4. ^ Reuters Brief Biography "Francis deSouza", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Businessweek Executive Profile, "Francis deSouza"[dead link], Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Information Age, "Symantec Buys IMlogic", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  7. ^ CNet, "Microsoft merger gets message", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  8. ^ The Goan Voice, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  9. ^ The Goan Voice, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Gulf News "Former Dubai-based Indian student at forefront of decoding COVID-19 genome in US"
  11. ^ Fortune, "Francis deSouza" Archived November 16, 2018, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Fortune, "Francis deSouza" Archived November 16, 2018, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Yaffe-Bellany, David (February 14, 2022). "Divorcing Couples Fight Over the Kids, the House and Now the Crypto". The New York Times. pp. Section B, Page 1. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  14. ^ DeSouza v. DeSouza, A156311  (City & County of San Francisco Super. 54 Cal. App.5th 25, 30 (Cal. Ct. App. 2020), August 10, 2020). Accessed 19 April 2023.
  15. ^ RSA Conference, "Francis deSouza".
  16. ^ CNet, "Microsoft merger gets message", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  17. ^ The Wall Street Transcript, "Francis deSouza – IMlogic Inc".
  18. ^ Engineering Our World: MIT school of Engineering "Today's "real" engineers"
  19. ^ MIT, "Francis deSouza, CEO of IMlogic", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  20. ^ Information Age, "Symantec Buys IMlogic", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  21. ^ Reuters Brief Biography, "Francis deSouza", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  22. ^ Businessweek Executive Profile, "Francis deSouza"[dead link], Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  23. ^, "Symantec FY11 Earnings", Accessed on April 19, 2012.
  24. ^ "Illumina Names Francis deSouza as President". MarketWatch. Retrieved September 5, 2023.
  25. ^ "Jay Flatley to Assume Role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Illumina; Francis deSouza Appointed President and CEO". Retrieved September 5, 2023.
  26. ^ "Illumina CEO Francis deSouza resigns following proxy battle with Carl Icahn". Retrieved September 5, 2023.
  27. ^ "Why We Invested In Synth Labs, A Company Focusing On Automating LLM Alignment". Retrieved March 12, 2024.
  28. ^ "Why We Invested In Synth Labs, A Company Focusing On Automating LLM Alignment". Retrieved March 12, 2024.
  29. ^ (May 29, 2024). "Deel Elects Francis deSouza to its Board of Directors".
  30. ^ a b "Disney adds two board members from tech world". Los Angeles Times.
  31. ^ "Citrix Appoints Francis deSouza to Board of Directors" Archived May 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ Glassdoor, [1].
  33. ^ Glassdoor, [2].
  34. ^ Fortune, "2018 Businessperson of the Year" Archived November 16, 2018, at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ Silicon Valley Business Journal, "People to watch"

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