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NI Expands Leadership Team With Eight New Vice Presidents
National Instruments Posted 03/05/2007
Promotions Set Up Future of Growth as Company Works Toward Goal of $1 Billion in Annual Revenue
NEWS RELEASE – Feb. 27, 2007 – National Instruments today announced that eight longtime employees of the company have been promoted to vice president.
Research and Development
- Jon Bellin, Vice President of R&D, Application and System Software
- Kevin Schultz, Vice President of R&D, Data Acquisition and Distributed I/O
- Arleene Porterfield, Vice President, Global Information Technology
Sales and Marketing
- Owen Golden, Vice President of Sales, Americas
- Francis Griffiths, Vice President of Sales, Europe
- John Hanks, Vice President of Product Marketing, Data Acquisition and Industrial Control
- Victor Mieres, Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific
- Tony Vento, Vice President, Applications Engineering
“With nearly 150 combined years of service to NI, all eight of these individuals have been key leaders and contributors to the company’s long track record of sustained growth and innovation,” said James Truchard, NI President and CEO. “As NI works toward its goal of $1 billion in annual revenue, I believe our expanded management team positions NI to deliver continued customer success, streamlined decision making and critical strategic direction for future success.”
The eight promotions occurred across three departments, including research and development, G&A and sales and marketing.
Research and Development
Jon Bellin joined National Instruments in 1986, and most recently has served as Director of R&D for Application and System Software since 2001. Throughout his 21-year career at NI, Bellin has played a critical leadership role in the development of the company’s application software products, including LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI and NI TestStand. As Vice President of R&D for Application and System Software, Bellin is responsible for the company’s global software development organization.
Kevin Schultz joined National Instruments in 1991, and most recently has served as Director of R&D for Data Acquisition, Distributed I/O and Hardware Product Strategy since 2003. Throughout his 16-year career at NI, Schultz has led many key R&D initiatives, including the development of the very successful M Series family of products as well as measurement platforms CompactRIO and NI CompactDAQ. As Vice President of R&D for Data Acquisition and Distributed I/O, Schultz is responsible for managing the engineering groups responsible for the development and strategic direction of these product areas.
Arleene Porterfield joined National Instruments in 1989, serving most recently as Director of Global Information Technology since 2001. Prior to this role, Porterfield served in various leadership positions, including Global Sales Operations Manager, and played a strong leadership role in the company’s large-scale migration of most of its operations from legacy ERP systems to Oracle-based ERP systems around the world. As Vice President of Global Information Technology, Porterfield is responsible for all IT operations worldwide.
Sales and Marketing
Owen Golden has been employed at NI since 1991, having served as Director of Sales, Americas, since 2002. Prior to this role, he held leadership positions including National Sales Manager for the United States and Canada and Regional Sales Manager for New England and Canada. As Vice President of Sales for the Americas, Golden is responsible for the company’s sales throughout North, Central and South America.
Francis Griffiths joined the National Instruments subsidiary in the U.K. in 1989, serving most recently as Director of European Sales since 1999. After serving as Branch Manager of the company’s U.K. operations from 1996 to 1999, Griffiths took on the role of Director of European Sales, during which time the sales nearly doubled in the region. In his role as Vice President of Sales for Europe, Griffiths is responsible for sales across the region.
John Hanks has been with NI since 1990, having served as Director of Product Marketing for Data Acquisition and Industrial Control since 2002. Prior to this role, he held leadership positions including Director of Marketing for Industry Segments and Group Manager for Machine Vision and Motion Control. As Vice President of Product Marketing for Data Acquisition and Industrial Control, Hanks is responsible for leading product marketing for the company’s data acquisition, distributed I/O and industrial control product areas.
Victor Mieres joined National Instruments in 1988, and most recently served as International Sales Director for Asia Pacific since 1999. Throughout his 19-year career at NI, Mieres has played a key leadership role in the company’s global expansion and success, including leading the opening of nearly 10 branches across the Americas and Asia. In his role as Vice President of Sales for Asia Pacific, Mieres is responsible for sales across the region.
Tony Vento joined National Instruments in 1986, and most recently has served as Director of Business Development and Applications Engineering. Throughout his 20-year career at NI, Vento has played a key leadership role in the company’s highly successful global sales and support operations, including positions such as International Sales Director for Japan and Europe. As Vice President of Applications Engineering, Vento is responsible for leading the company’s award-winning global technical support, including a growing focus on applications at a systems level.
About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is transforming the way users and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past eight years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding the future performance of the Company, including statements regarding the Company’s future of growth, goal of $1 billion in annual revenue and positioning NI for continued customer success, streamlined decision-making and strategic direction for future success. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk of adverse changes in the global economy, delays in the release of new products, fluctuations in customer demand for NI products, manufacturing inefficiencies and foreign exchange fluctuations. Actual results may differ materially from the expected results. The Company directs you to the documents it files with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, for other risks associated with the Company’s future performance and forward looking statements.