Board of Directors
James J. Truchard, PhD - Chairman of the Board of Directors; Former Chief Executive Officer and President of NI from 1976 - 2016.
Dr. Truchard co-founded NI in 1976. From 1963 to 1976, Dr. Truchard worked at the Acoustical Measurements Division at Applied Research Laboratories (“ARL”) at the University of Texas at Austin (“UT Austin”), as Research Scientist and later Division Head. Dr. Truchard received his PhD in Electrical Engineering, his master’s degree in Physics and his bachelor’s degree in Physics, all from UT Austin.
Alexander M. Davern – Director since January 2017; Chief Executive Officer and President of NI.
Mr. Davern joined NI in February 1994 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Davern is a member of the Board of Directors since January 2017. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from October 2010 to December 2016. Mr. Davern served as NI’s Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, IT and Manufacturing Operations and Treasurer from December 2002 to October 2010; as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from December 1997 to December 2002; as Acting Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from July 1997 to December 1997; and as Corporate Controller and International Controller. Prior to joining NI, Mr. Davern worked both in Europe and in the United States for the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse, LLP. Mr. Davern received his bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a diploma in professional accounting from University College in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Davern is a director of Helen of Troy and of Cirrus Logic, Inc., both publicly traded companies.
Jeffrey L. Kodosky - Director since 1976; Fellow of NI.
Mr. Kodosky co-founded NI in 1976. He was appointed Vice President of NI in 1978 and served as Vice President, Research and Development from 1980 to 2000. Since 2000, he has held the position of Business and Technology Fellow. Prior to 1976, he was employed at ARL, at UT Austin. Mr. Kodosky received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Charles J. Roesslein - Director since July 2000; Former Chief Executive Officer of Austin Tele-Services, LLC.
Mr. Roesslein was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Austin Tele-Services, LLC, which is in the secondary market for telecom and IT assets, from 2004 until 2016 when his interests were sold. During 2000, Mr. Roesslein served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of Prodigy Communications Corporation, an internet service provider. He served as President of SBC-CATV, a cable television service provider, from 1999 until 2000, and as President of SBC Technology Resources, the applied research division of SBC Communications Inc., from 1997 until 1999. Prior to 1997, Mr. Roesslein served in executive officer positions with SBC Communications, Inc. and Southwestern Bell. Mr. Roesslein holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mr. Roesslein is currently a director of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., a publicly traded company.
Duy-Loan T. Le - Director since September 2002; Senior Fellow of Texas Instruments, Inc.
Ms. Le holds the title of Senior Fellow at Texas Instruments Inc. ("TI"), one of the leading semiconductor companies in the world. Ms. Le was appointed Senior Fellow in 2002 and is the only woman in TI’s history elected to this highest Fellow rank. She has held various leadership positions at TI since 1982, including Advanced Technology Ramp Manager for the Embedded Processing Division and worldwide project manager for the Memory Division. While at TI, Ms. Le has led all aspects of execution for advanced technology nodes, including design, assembly and test, productization, qualification, release to market, high volume ramp, and quality and reliability assurance. She has experience opening international offices and developing engineering talent for the TI business. Ms. Le has been awarded 24 patents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
John M. Berra - Director since May 2010; Former Chairman of Emerson Process Management and Former Executive Vice President of Emerson Electric Company.
Prior to retiring in September 2010, beginning in October 2008 Mr. Berra served as Chairman of Emerson Process Management, a global leader in providing solutions to customers in process control, and as Executive Vice President of Emerson Electric Company. From 1997 until 2008, he served as President of Emerson Process Management. Mr. Berra has diversified experience in global business, strategic planning, technology, organizational planning and acquisitions. Mr. Berra joined Emerson’s Rosemount division as a marketing manager in 1976 and, thereafter, continued assuming more prominent roles in the organization until 1997, when he was named President of Emerson’s Fisher-Rosemount division (now Emerson Process Management). Prior to joining Emerson, Mr. Berra was an instrument and electrical engineer with Monsanto Company. Mr. Berra is currently a director of Ryder System, Inc., a publicly traded company, and serves as a member of that company’s compensation committee, and as a member of its finance committee.
Michael E. McGrath - Director since May 2014; Former Chief Executive Officer of i2 Technologies and Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath, Business Strategy Consultant.
Mr. McGrath is a highly experienced executive, entrepreneur and bestselling author dealing with decision making techniques and processes. He is a frequent featured guest on business television segments and his advice has appeared in many publications. He served as a director of i2 Technologies, a supply chain management and software services company, from September 2004 to May 2008, and as its CEO and President from February 2005 to July 2007. He served on the board of directors of Entrust, Inc., from February 2007, and as Chairman of the Board starting in November 2008, until the company was sold in July 2009. He served as executive chairman of the board of The Thomas Group from February 2008 to March 2012, and as acting CEO for a period of time. The Thomas Group filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2012. He also served on the board of Sensable Technologies from 2000 until 2009 and served on the board of Revolution Analytics from 2014 until 2015. He was a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath, a management consulting firm, for 28 years, retiring from the firm in July 2004. Mr. McGrath is the author of Product Strategy for High-Technology Companies, Next Generation Product Development, Business Decisions, and other books. Mr. McGrath received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Boston College, and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Gerhard P. Fettweis, PhD - Director since March 2016; Vodafone Chair Professor at the Technical University of Dresden.
Since September 1994, Dr. Fettweis has served as the Vodafone Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Dresden, where his research focuses on next generation wireless systems. In connection with that role, he has spun-out ten startup companies from the university. From August 2015 to February 2016, he served as a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and as a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute. Dr. Fettweis is a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (“IEEE”). He has received numerous awards, including a recognition award for outstanding technical contributions from the IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee and the Stuart Meyer Memorial Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, both in 2014. Dr. Fettweis has authored or co-authored two books and is listed as an inventor on over thirty issued patents. Dr. Fettweis received his Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1990, each from Aachen University of Technology.