R. Kent

R. Kent Novak

(1987, 1988)
Outstanding Industrial Engineer (2014)
As senior vice president and general manager of DLP Products, Kent Novak directs the development and deployment of Texas Instruments' (TI's) display technologies and platforms. With Kent's global expertise and experience with diverse company sizes, DLP Products continues the expansion of its customer breadth and expanded product portfolio. Kent has a long history with TI. Since joining the company in 2003, he has held leadership roles in a broad spectrum of groups including the Wireless Infrastructure Business Unit, the High Speed Communications Group, and most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of the Medical/HiRel organization. Appointed to his current role as head of DLP Products in late 2008, Kent's wireless and medical expertise play an integral part in the proliferation of DLP display technologies and developer platforms in new and emerging markets. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, Kent began his career as a digital switching systems engineer with AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1988. His 15 years in the telecom industry were spent with industry leaders such as Bell Labs, AT&T-Network Systems (Lucent), DSC Communications, Alcatel and Corvis Communications in customer-oriented functions including product management, marketing and sales support. He has extensive international experience including frequent travel in Asia (Japan, Taiwan) in addition to expatriate assignments in Denmark, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands.