Francis deSouza

President, Products and Services, Symantec

In his role as group president, Francis deSouza drives the company’s vision and delivery for Symantec’s market-leading security, backup and availability solutions. He previously served as senior vice president of Symantec’s Enterprise Security Group. deSouza joined Symantec in 2006 when the company acquired IMlogic, the instant messaging security provider he founded and led. deSouza’s earlier roles include product unit manager at Microsoft, founder and CEO of Flash Communications, and computer science researcher at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Labs.

He holds a number of patents in computer security and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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