Phil Schiller Named to DNA Sequencing Company Illumina's Board of Directors

phil_schillerDNA sequencing and array-based technologies company Illumina today announced that Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has joined its board of directors.

“Phil’s track record and global experience in bringing world-class products to market will help guide us as we continue to develop innovative new solutions for our customers,” said Francis deSouza, Illumina President and Chief Executive Officer. “His vision, integrity and passion are fully aligned with Illumina’s core values.”

Schiller has been part of Apple's senior executive team since the late Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997. He has helped market several products, including the Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, Apple TV, and the Apple Watch, and he has managed the App Store across all Apple platforms since last December.

Illumina, founded in 1998, is a San Diego-based biotech company focused on genetic research solutions to fuel advancements in life science research, translational and consumer genomics, and molecular diagnostics. It ranked third on MIT Technology Review's list of the top 50 smartest companies in the world in 2016.

Schiller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Boston College, where he graduated from in 1982.

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Top Rated Comments

GenesisST Avatar
103 months ago
Trying to clone Steve Jobs? "The boys from Cupertino"
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DevNull0 Avatar
103 months ago
It's confirmed. The iPhone 9 home button will sample your DNA to unlock.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
2457282 Avatar
103 months ago
I like Phil, he has done well at apple. Having said that, the picture is from several years ago - he looks a little more weathered today. Also, if you look around Tim has mostly kept the old guard, but brought in a few Women to add diversity. Mostly the old guard is getting...well...old. Hopefully they have good replacements ready to go. I have not been impressed with Angela and that was the biggest new hire by Tim.

Apple needs to start thinking about (if they arent yet) succession plans for all these top execs. They should put the Eddy Cue one into action right away.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sunny1990 Avatar
103 months ago
Insert token, "Can't innovate any more my..." comment. ;)
Perfect example = upcoming iPhone 7:confused:
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimrod Avatar
103 months ago
If I had a dollar for every iPhone 7 critic, based only in Chinese fakes.
If I had a dollar for every Apple fan in denial of the fact that those "Chinese fakes" are going to be exactly the same design as we see on the iPhone 7... As it was with the 6S, the 6, the 5...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jimrod Avatar
103 months ago
I can't bet that money, but I'm willing to bet, where can we actually bet?
No idea, great idea for a website though "I bet you" where people can bet against each other, who gets the deciding win would have to be arbitrated somehow though... Hmm.

How about a sig bet - "I was a fool for doubting the wisdom of Jimrod/Zirel". ;)

Conditions for a Jimrod win = iPhone "7" (the one being released in September '16) Has:

1. Same basic size, shape, form factor as the 6/6S - perhaps slightly thinner.

2. Rear antenna bands removed and top/bottom ones remaining.

3. Larger camera lens shifted to parallel corner radius.

4. Slightly larger battery (1900-2000mAh or so)

5. Removal of 3.5mm jack socket, replaced by "speaker" holes (no confirmation of what is behind yet).


Conditions for a Zirel win =

Anything very different from stated above.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)