After graduation, Templeton immediately joined TI where he worked in many different areas of the company. In 1996, he began heading up TI's semiconductor business. Templeton then served as Chief Operating Officer of the technology giant from April 2000 to April 2004. In May 2004 he was named CEO, and in April 2008 he succeeded Tom Engibous as Chairman of the Board..
While CEO of Texas Instruments in 2008, Richard K. Templeton earned a total compensation of $9,623,590, which included a base salary of $960,780, a cash bonus of $1,564,853, stocks granted of $4,468,500, and options granted of $2,397,600.
Rich Templeton is married with three children and lives in Parker, Texas. In addition to Union College, the family is affiliated with John Paul II High School in Plano, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Trinity University in San Antonio and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
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