AUSTIN, TX — Alex Davern (pronounced "Alec DAVern") is the new CEO of National Instruments. Davern took over the helm on Jan. 1, 2017 upon the retirement of NI Founder Dr. James Truchard. Taking over for an organization founder is often a daunting task. That's especially the case when you take over some someone who is so well known in the industry and who ran the company for over 40 years. EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe sat down with Davern on May 22, 2017 at NI Week.
Although not an engineer, Davern brings over 20 years' experience with NI to his new job. Thus, he's no stranger to the company, its products, employees, and customers. It's interesting to note that within one month, National Instruments reduced its workforce for the first time since 2014.
In the interview, Davern speaks about the CEO transition, how he's worked with the staff, what technologies are driving National Instruments' business, and how the company recruits and retains employees. "Engineers want to know that their work matters," he said. "They want they autonomy to do their jobs."
"We see four megatrends: 5G, IoT, semiconductor . . . and automotive," Davern explains in the interview. He predicts advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and electrification will be a big opportunities for NI.
Um we just use you losers to make the books look good.You are just a dumbo accountant. We only need you folks to help us do the books. You morons think you are in charge of us us? Ws are in charge of you complete mr kowss nothing
@Emesdoublee...while I agree in large part with your sentiments about bean counters, I'd be careful throwing about names like Dumbo and Know Nothing when the majority of your posts contain spelling and grammatical errors. Let's hope the new NI CEO has more attention to detail....
Hey Mr Alex, My advice to you is that you just quit your job. Personally, I would look at you as someone that is totally incompetent to lead electical engineers into the field of battle. You don't know anything about what we do loser. Can you even solve a first order differential equation dumbo? You're a dumbo buddy.
This reminds me of the Linkedin CEO. He is also a mr dot know nothing. He's also in charge of a bunxh of engineers that know more about how our highly texhnical world works than he will in 10 lifetimes.
That was a great interview. You nailed mr know nothing to the wall big time. How does some know nothing accountant plan to guide a major engineering organization. You nailed him big time and he had no answer. Other than his fantastic customer relationships. You need working hw & sw buddy to even begin a relationship.