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Richard K. Templeton

Also Known As Rich Templeton

CEO of Texas Instruments

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Richard K. Templeton He is chairman and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments ( TXN ) an American electrical engineer and business executive.

After graduation, Templeton immediately joined Texas Instruments (TI) where he held a variety of positions. In 1996, he began leading TI's semiconductor business, then served as COO, from April 2000 to April 2004. In May 2004, Templeton was named CEO and, in April 2008, succeeded future JC Penney chairman Tom Engibous as chairman of the Texas instruments board. Templeton is credited by the company with helping define and implement a strategy that is focused on semiconductors for signal processing

empleton married Mary Haanen, whom he met while both were students at Union College ,they live in Parker, Texas with their three children. The family is also affiliated with John Paul II High School in Plano, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Trinity University in San Antonio and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

In 2020, the Templetons donated $51 million to their alma mater, its largest gift in the 225-year history of Union College, to create the Templeton Institute for Engineering and Computer Science, to help promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and to recruit women to engineering and computer science degree programs

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 continues to reshape the company, focusing resources on growth opportunities in TI's core businesses of Analog and Embedded Processing. His strategic actions include 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.

Early Life

Richard K. Templeton 1958/1959 Templeton attended Union College in Schenectady, New York from which he graduated in 1980 with a BSc in electrical engineering


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