As vice president of worldwide human resources, Mark Finger works closely with the company’s management team to foster a productive working environment through the development of systems to recruit and retain the “best and brightest” employees across the globe. Through these systems, National Instruments has become recognized globally as a preferred employer.
As stated in the company's 100-year plan, the greatest and most sustainable long-term competitive advantage for NI is its culture and employees who directly influence the continued success of the company's key stakeholders. An important component of the NI culture is the goal to preserve the company's "people advantage." With this strategy, NI meticulously hires the best and brightest employees, nurtures a great work environment, and helps employees optimize their talents and drive their careers through superior development opportunities. Finger is an evangelist for driving the message and actions associated with the people advantage throughout the world.
Today, NI employees in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America operate more than 40 branch offices and dozens of additional satellite offices; however, no matter where on the globe, NI maintains the same high level of trust and respect. Finger and other members of the NI management team have successfully pursued long-term growth goals for the company while offering thousands of people at NI offices around the world meaningful careers.
FORTUNE magazine has recognized NI as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America for the past 13 years. In the past two years, NI has also been named by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Mexico, and the UK. NI was also named one of the top 25 companies to work for in the world on the inaugural World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list in 2011.
Before joining NI as director of human resources in 1995, Finger spent 14 years at Fisher-Rosemount, now Emerson Process Management, in a variety of HR positions. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Cloud University.
Away from work, Finger is a respected service member in the community and currently serves as board chair for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. In addition, Finger has served on the board of directors for the Capital Area United Way and INROADS organizations. He also enjoys a long-standing relationship with Town & Country Youth Sports, where he has coached 25 youth teams and served as a commissioner of basketball.