IT Industry Alert: Texas Instruments Names Homegrown Texan as Chief Information Officer
Last week global semiconductor company, Texas Instruments, announced IT industry leader Ellen Barker as the company’s Chief Information Officer. She will be responsible for leading the global information technology organization and strategy for the Dallas-based company.
Barker will succeed Brian Bonner, who announced his retirement after serving 33 years at the company.
Leader in Silicon Valley
Prior to her new position, Barker served as Vice President and Texas Instrument’s Controller of High Performance Analog for the Silicon Valley. She has been with the company since 1984, serving in a number of operational and financial leadership roles. As Controller, she managed the finance and operations for the High Performance Analog business unit, including profit and loss, capital, overhead accountability, operations management, and senior level management and customer interface.
In 2011, Texas Instruments purchased one of their biggest rivals and competitors, National Semiconductor Corporation based in Santa Clara, California. Barker successfully led the integration between the two companies, continuing to prove herself as an IT industry leader.
“Ellen is an experienced leader whose proven track record includes helping to establish TI’s presence in Silicon Valley,” said Kevin March, Chief Financial Officer for the company.
Barker earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas, and a Master’s degree from the University of Dallas.
Get Your Foot in the Door
In November of 2012 the company announced that it would restructure the wireless business to focus on “embedded markets with greater potential for sustainable growth.” The restructure came with over 1,700 layoffs worldwide. The company is now functioning as efficiently as ever as it reported a 2013 Q4 net income of $511 million, up from $264 million the year prior. The company now focuses on two main segments: analog and embedded processing. As Barker has long served as the Controller for Silicon Valley’s Analog business unit, we can speculate that this portion of the company will be focused on in coming months. Likely, Barker will be looking to make her mark on the company, and she’ll be looking for your help.
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