Phillip Doyce Hester

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Phil Hester
Phil Hester.jpg
Phil Hester in 2009.
Born (1955-04-30)April 30, 1955
Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Died September 17, 2013(2013-09-17) (aged 58)[1]
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Engineer and technology executive

Phillip ("Phil") Doyce Hester (April 30, 1955 - September 17, 2013) was an American engineer and technology executive.


Hester grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended Richard King High School. He held a Bachelor of Science and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.[2] Hester joined IBM around 1977, serving as an engineer, eventually leading the development team for the RS/6000, and as chief technology officer and vice president of systems and technology for IBM's PC division.[3] In the early 1990s, he co-founded the AIM alliance (originally code-named "Somerset") to promote the PowerPC architecture.[4] In 2000 he co-founded and became chief executive of Newisys, acquired by Sanmina-SCI Corporation.

Hester worked as the chief technology officer and senior vice president of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) until April 11, 2008. He became the senior vice president of research and development at National Instruments in December 2009.[5]

Hestor died September 17, 2013 in Austin, Texas.[1] His wife was Joan Hester and son Will.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Instruments Corporation (September 17, 2013). "Form 8-K: Current Report". US SEC. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Phil Hester: Senior Vice President, R&D". Corporate biography. National Instruments. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Phil Hester". Obituary. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ Steve Lohr (May 23, 1993). "In Pursuit of Computing's Holy Grail". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ "NI Announces New Senior Vice President of Research and Development: IBM and AMD Veteran Brings Industry Knowledge and Extensive Technical Expertise". Press release. National Instruments. December 17, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2016.