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, the TI Foundation has invested more than $50 million since 2010 to increase the number of Black, Latinx and female high school graduates with strong math and science skills. This includes improving math and science learning outcomes and opportunities for students of color in North Texas who historically face economic and educational barriers. One of the hallmarks of these investments has been multiyear grants to area schools where STEM learning needs are significant, yet opportunities are low. 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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Haviv Ilan

Board member, executive vice president, chief operating officer

Haviv Ilan is a member of the board of directors, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Texas Instruments responsible for leading the company’s business and sales organizations, technology and manufacturing operations and information technology services.

Prior to this role, Ilan served as the senior vice president of TI’s Analog Signal Chain business. Throughout his career at TI, Ilan has held a number of leadership roles including senior vice president of TI’s High Performance Analog business and vice president in TI’s Embedded Processing business, leading the wireless connectivity organization.

Ilan joined TI in 1999 through the acquisition of Butterfly, a wireless 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.

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.

Gurshaman S. Baweja

Senior vice president

Gurshaman Baweja, Ph.D, is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments, with plans to retire later in 2022. Previously Baweja led TI’s Information Technology Services organization and was chief information officer.

Baweja joined TI in 1996. He received his doctorate and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Kyle M. Flessner

Senior vice president, Technology and Manufacturing Group

Kyle Flessner is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for our Technology and 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 and 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.

Mark S. Gary

Senior vice president, Analog Power Products

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

Prior to this role, Gary served as vice president of TI’s Buck Switching Regulators business unit. He has also held a variety of roles inside the analog businesses including a variety of leadership roles in linear power, battery management solutions, and has a long history supporting the automotive market.

Gary joined TI in 1998 as a product engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Hagop H. Kozanian

Senior vice president, Analog Signal Chain

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

Prior to this role, Kozanian was senior vice president of High Volume Analog and Logic, DLP® Products and Education Technology organizations. Throughout his career, he has held a number of leadership roles, including serving as vice president of TI’s Power Switches, Interface and Lighting business, leading the analog systems engineering and marketing team, and area director of the Americas sales organization.

Kozanian joined TI in 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University. He serves as a member of the board of the TI Foundation and TI’s Political Action Committee.

Shanon J. Leonard

Senior vice president, Human Resources

Shanon Leonard is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Human Resources organization.

Prior to this role, Leonard served as vice president of global compensation, benefits and human resources operations. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions in human resources, including leading human resources for TI’s Sales and Applications, Embedded Processing and Analog Power Products organizations, as well as business support entities.

Leonard began his career at TI in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Rafael R. Lizardi

Senior vice president and chief financial officer, Finance and Operations

Rafael Lizardi is a senior vice president and chief financial 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, Lizardi serves as a member of the board of the TI Foundation and the Dallas Regional Chamber.

Keith C. Ogboenyiya

Senior vice president, Marketing

Keith Ogboenyiya is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Marketing organization.

Prior to this role, Ogboenyiya served as vice president of Systems Engineering and Marketing. He has also held several leadership roles throughout his career including vice president of TI’s Interface Products business and a number of business and marketing leadership roles in analog and embedded processing.

Ogboenyiya began his career at TI in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College.

In addition to his role at TI, Ogboenyiya serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board at Georgia Tech.

Krunali Patel

Senior vice president and chief information officer, Information Technology (IT) Solutions

Krunali Patel is senior vice president and chief information officer of Texas Instruments, responsible for the Information Technology Solutions organization.

Prior to this role, Patel served as vice president of TI’s design and manufacturing IT solutions organization, leading the development and implementation of information technology strategies and roadmaps for manufacturing automation. Throughout her career, she has led businesses as well as engineering organizations.

Patel joined TI in 1996. She holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Indian classical dance.

Outside of TI, Patel serves on the executive board of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Mark T. Roberts

Senior vice president, Sales and Marketing

Mark Roberts is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Sales and Marketing 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and serves as a member of the board of the TI Foundation.

Amichai Ron

Senior vice president, Embedded Processing and DLP® Products

Amichai Ron is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments responsible for the Embedded Processing business and DLP® Products organization.

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 serves as a member of the board of the TI Foundation and 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.

Darla H. Whitaker

Senior vice president

Darla Whitaker is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments, with plans to retire in August 2022. Previously, Whitaker led Human Resources, and prior to that was vice president of TI’s compensation and human resources systems and services.

Whitaker joined TI in 1984 and 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.

Christine A. Witzsche

Senior vice president, Communications and Investor Relations

Christine Witzsche is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments and is responsible for the company’s strategic communications, investor relations and public affairs organizations.

Prior to this role, she led TI’s corporate communications team. Throughout her career, she has held a variety of leadership roles in communications and digital marketing, supporting TI businesses and support entities.

Witzsche joined TI in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to her role at TI, Witzsche serves as a member of the board of the TI Foundation. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Texas.

Mohammad Yunus

Senior vice president, Manufacturing Operations

Mohammad Yunus is a senior vice president of Texas Instruments for our Manufacturing Operations, which includes wafer fabrication, assembly and test manufacturing operations, external manufacturing and product distribution.

Prior to this role, Yunus led worldwide assembly and test manufacturing operations. He has also held several leadership roles for manufacturing operations in the Philippines and Malaysia.

Yunus began his career at TI in 2001. He holds an integrated master’s degree in engineering technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Binghamton University, New York. In addition to his role at TI, Yunus serves as a member of the board of the TI Foundation.