Press Release

Press Release

Illumina's Board of Directors elects two experienced Independent Directors to Board

Jun 2, 2023

Stephen P. MacMillan, Hologic CEO, named non-executive Chair of Illumina's Board

Scott B. Ullem, CFO of Edwards Lifesciences, also named to Board

SAN DIEGO, June 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN), a global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, today announced a series of governance changes consistent with the goal of enhancing long-term shareholder value.

The Board has elected two new independent board members to join the board immediately. The first, Stephen P. MacMillan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hologic, a medical device and diagnostic manufacturer, will become an independent director and non-executive Chair of Illumina's board. The second, Scott B. Ullem, Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Edwards Lifesciences, a global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, will be an independent director and a member of the Audit Committee. The two join a strong, independent board with world-class talent and unique and differentiated skillsets.

"Both Steve and Scott collectively bring more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, and the appointments are part of our continual process to attract strong independent directors. We believe these two extremely talented business executives will help broaden the skills of the current Board, especially in the fields of corporate finance and international expansion, while bringing their expertise to foster adoption of transformative medical advances across the global marketplace," said Dr. Robert Epstein, Chair of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee. "We welcome Steve and Scott to the board and look forward to working with them to drive profitable growth and shareholder value creation."

"Steve and Scott are highly respected business leaders whose public company experience and financial acumen will be very valuable to shareholders, customers and employees," said Francis deSouza, CEO of Illumina.

In addition, the Board nominated and elected independent director Sue Siegel to become Chair of Illumina's Compensation Committee, as Gary Guthart rotates off as Chair of the Compensation Committee.

New Independent Director Biographies

Stephen P. MacMillan

Steve MacMillan joined Hologic in December 2013 as President and CEO, and has led a dramatic turnaround at the Company. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in June 2015. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. MacMillan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stryker, where he had been President since 2003. During his tenure at Stryker, revenues tripled from $2.8 billion to $8.3 billion. Prior to 2003, he was a senior executive with Pharmacia, where he oversaw five global businesses with revenues exceeding $2 billion, and he spent 11 years with Johnson & Johnson both in the US and Europe, including as President of the J&J-Merck joint venture.  He began his career with Procter & Gamble following a BA degree in Economics from Davidson College and has previously served on the Boards of Directors of Alere, Boston Scientific and Texas Instruments.

Scott B. Ullem

Scott B. Ullem has been Corporate Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, of Edwards Lifesciences since January 2014. Prior to joining Edwards, he served as CFO of Bemis Company Inc., a Fortune 500 publicly traded global supplier of packaging and pressure sensitive materials used in leading food, consumer, and healthcare products. Prior to Bemis, Ullem spent 17 years in investment banking, serving as managing director at Goldman Sachs and later at Bank of America. He is currently a member of the board of directors of both Berry Global and egnite, as well as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Ullem received his bachelor's degree in political science from DePauw University and his master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Forward-Looking Statements

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About Illumina

Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. In 2023 we celebrate 25 years of innovation, which has established us as a 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. To learn more, visit and connect with us on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagramTikTok, and YouTube.    


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