Leadership

Leadership

Richard (Rich) K. Templeton

Chairman, president and chief executive officer

Rich Templeton is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments. He became chairman of the board in April 2008, and president and chief executive officer in May 2004. He has served on the company's board of directors since July 2003.

From April 2000 through April 2004, Templeton was chief operating officer of TI. He was executive vice president of the company and president of TI's Semiconductor business from June 1996 through April 2004. In these roles, Templeton is credited with helping to define and execute TI's strategy to focus on semiconductors for signal processing. Operationally, he guided the company during this transformation.

As CEO, he continued to reshape the company, focusing resources on growth opportunities in TI's core businesses of Analog and Embedded Processing. His strategic actions included the major acquisition of National Semiconductor and the successful wind down of the company's wireless operations, which enabled resources to be more fully focused on areas of long-term return. Templeton has led TI to become the global leader in analog integrated circuits, while still maintaining the company's strengths in embedded systems and digital signal processing.

Throughout this process, he has maintained the company's strategic investments in R&D and manufacturing, while expanding the size of the sales and applications engineering team to better serve TI customers. Within the manufacturing arena, he oversaw the opportune purchases of capacity and equipment that have positioned the company for future growth, while allowing its capital spending levels to decline compared with historical levels. Under his leadership, TI has emerged stronger, with better technological and product positions in both its core businesses.

Templeton joined the company in 1980 after earning a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Union College in New York. He spent his operational career in the company's Semiconductor business, beginning in sales and eventually becoming president of the entire business.

He has been among the top-ranked CEOs in Institutional Investor’s Best Semiconductor CEOs in America for several years.

In addition to his TI duties, Templeton has focused much of his external energies on public issues and initiatives that advance the high-tech industry, technological innovation and education, particularly STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Under his leadership, TI and the TI Foundation have invested $150 million over the last five years to strengthen global education programs, including K-12 STEM teaching and student achievement. In the U.S., these efforts are especially directed toward increasing skills among under-resourced communities and under-represented minority students and girls. The industry has taken note of Templeton's commitment and passion in this area. In 2012, the Semiconductor Industry Association awarded him its highest honor, citing his service as a "vigorous advocate for STEM education and longtime champion of research and innovation."

Templeton currently serves on the board of the Semiconductor Industry Association, and the board of trustees of Southern Methodist University and Southwestern Medical Foundation. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable. In addition, he has personally led the company's United Way campaign for many years, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of donations to a variety of charitable organizations, and he served as chair of the 2012-2013 United Way of Metropolitan Dallas campaign.

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Niels Anderskouv

Senior vice president, Analog Power Products

Niels Anderskouv is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Analog Power Products business.

Prior to this role, Anderskouv served as senior vice president of TI’s High Volume Analog and Logic business. Throughout his career at TI, he has served in a variety of business leadership roles in the Analog and Embedded Processing organizations including vice president of the Digital Signal Processing business and vice president of the Digital Consumer Electronics Solutions business in Japan.

Anderskouv joined TI in 2000 following the company’s acquisition of Toccata Technology in Denmark where he served as president and chief executive officer. Anderskouv earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and holds several patents in the area of power electronics.

Anderskouv has a passion for the arts and is active in Dallas' rapidly developing arts district by serving on the board of directors for the Dallas Museum of Art.

Ahmad S. Bahai

Senior vice president and chief technology officer

Ahmad Bahai, Ph.D, is a senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Texas Instruments responsible for guiding breakthrough innovation, corporate research and Kilby Labs.

Prior to this role, Bahai served as vice president and chief technologist, leading Kilby Labs, TI’s innovation centers focused on breakthrough technology, and innovation. Throughout his career, Bahai has held a number of leadership roles including director of research labs and chief technology officer of National Semiconductor, technical manager of a research group at Bell Laboratories and founder of Algorex, a communication and acoustic IC and system company, which was acquired by National Semiconductor.

Bahai joined TI in 2012 as part of the company’s acquisition of National Semiconductor. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, University of London and a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

In addition to his role at TI, Bahai is an adjunct professor at Stanford University and an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow.

Ellen L. Barker

Senior vice president and chief information officer, IT Services

Ellen Barker is a senior vice president and chief information officer of Texas Instruments responsible for the Information Technology Services organization.

Prior to this role, Barker served as vice president and controller of TI’s Silicon Valley Analog business. Throughout her career, Barker has also held several other leadership positions within the company’s Analog, Embedded Processing, manufacturing and former defense divisions, including vice president of High Performance Analog finance and operations.

Barker joined TI in 1984. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.

In addition to her role at TI, she is on the board of directors for High Tech High Heels and Tech Titans.

Kyle M. Flessner

Senior vice president, Technology and Manufacturing Group

Kyle Flessner is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for our Technology & Manufacturing Group, which includes silicon, packaging and test technology development, as well as our global internal and external manufacturing operations and semiconductor quality.

Prior to this role, he led TI’s worldwide manufacturing operations, semiconductor quality and packaging. Throughout his career, Flessner has held a variety of leadership and engineering positions within TI’s Technology & Manufacturing Group and Analog business.

Flessner began his career at TI in 1993 as a statistical intern. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Texas State University and a master’s degree in statistics from Texas A&M University.

Haviv Ilan

Senior vice president, Analog Signal Chain

Haviv Ilan is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Analog Signal Chain business.

Prior to this role, Ilan served as the senior vice president of TI’s High Performance Analog organization. Throughout his career at TI, he has held a number of leadership roles, including vice president of TI's wireless connectivity business and general manager and director of engineering for TI Ra’anana in Israel.

Ilan joined TI in 1999 through the acquisition of Butterfly, a start-up company in Israel. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the Joint International Executive MBA Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and Tel Aviv University’s Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration.

Hagop H. Kozanian

Senior vice president, High Volume Analog and Logic, DLP® Products and Education Technology

Hagop Kozanian is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the High Volume Analog and Logic, DLP® Products, and Education Technology businesses.

Prior to this role, Kozanian led TI’s Power Switches, Interface and Lighting business unit in TI’s Analog Power Products organization. Throughout his career, he has held a number of leadership roles, including serving as vice president of TI’s broad market power business, analog systems engineering and marketing, and regional sales manager and area director for the Americas.

Kozanian joined TI in 2004 as part of the technical sales program where he started his career as an account manager and regional sales manager roles in California’s Bay Area. Kozanian earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University. He serves as a member of the board for the TI Foundation and TI’s Political Action Committee.

Rafael R. Lizardi

Senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief accounting officer, Finance & Operations

Rafael Lizardi is a senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of Texas Instruments.

Prior to this role, Lizardi served as the corporate controller. During his career at TI, he has held a number of leadership positions in finance and operations including, controller for the company’s High Volume Analog and Logic business and the director of corporate financial planning.

Lizardi joined Texas Instruments in 2001 as part of the company’s finance development program after serving five years as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and is a certified management accountant. 

In addition to his role at TI, he serves on the board of directors for the Texas Instruments Foundation, the Dallas Children’s Theater and the Dallas Regional Chamber.

Mark Roberts

Senior vice president, Sales and Applications

Mark Roberts is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Sales and Applications organization.

Prior to this role, he served as vice president of the Americas Sales and Applications organization. He has held a variety of roles in sales and applications during his career at TI, with a deep background in automotive and industrial markets.

Roberts joined TI in 1998 as part of the company’s technical sales rotation program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University.

Amichai Ron

Senior vice president, Embedded Processing

Amichai Ron is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Embedded Processing business.

Prior to this role, he served as the vice president and general manager of TI’s Amplifiers business. Throughout his career, he has held a number of business leadership roles in TI’s Precision Analog, High Speed Data Converters and Embedded Connectivity Solutions organizations.

Ron started his TI career in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Cynthia Hoff Trochu

Senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, Legal

Cynthia Trochu is a senior vice president, secretary, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Texas Instruments.

Prior to this role, she served as the vice president and assistant general counsel of TI managing legal support for TI’s operations in Asia and Europe, various business entities, manufacturing and procurement, as well as corporate compliance. Earlier in her career, Trochu served as senior counsel at TI in operations and in litigation.

Trochu joined TI in 1993 after working as a commercial litigator at a local law firm. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Manchester University in Indiana and a juris doctor degree from Southern Methodist University Law School.

In addition to her role at TI, Trochu has previously served on the campaign cabinet of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the board of directors at Manchester University in Indiana and chair of the audit committee of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Julie M. Van Haren

Senior vice president, Communications & Investor Relations

Julie Van Haren is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments and is responsible for the company’s strategic communications, digital marketing, investor relations and public affairs organizations.

Prior to this role, she was vice president of communications and digital marketing leading the corporate communications and digital marketing teams. Throughout her career, Van Haren has held a number of leadership positions in internal and external communications supporting TI businesses, manufacturing and sales.

Van Haren joined TI in 1997, and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University.

In addition to her role at TI, she serves on the board of directors of the TI Foundation, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Camp John Marc. She is also the chair of TI’s Political Action Committee.

Darla H. Whitaker

Senior vice president, Human Resources

Darla Whitaker is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for human resources.

Prior to this role, she served as vice president and manager of TI’s compensation and human resources systems and services. Throughout her career at TI, she has held various leadership positions in human resources, including director of human resources for the Application-Specific Products organization, human resources manager for the Application-Specific Integrated Circuit organization and compensation manager for the Asia region. Prior to her experience in human resources, she served in a variety of manufacturing and engineering roles.

Whitaker joined TI in 1984 in the wafer fabrication facility in Sherman, Texas. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.

In addition to her role at TI, she serves on the board of directors for the TI Foundation, TI’s Political Action Committee and Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) DFW. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Texas.

Bing Xie

Senior vice president

Bing Xie is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments.

For the past six years, Xie has served as senior vice president of the Sales and Applications organization. Prior to this role, he served as the vice president and deputy manager of the worldwide Sales and Applications organization. Throughout his career, he has held a number of leadership roles in the Sales and Applications organization in Asia and the Americas. He was president of TI China for six years. Earlier, Xie served as the general manager of the sales and marketing organizations for Greater China, including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Xie joined TI in 1999. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering from Xidian University in China and a Master of Business Administration in international business from Clemson University in South Carolina.