chip_01 Rich Templeton and TI's state-of-the-art, 12-inch silicon wafer. photo by Elizabeth Lavin

10. TI's CEO: This May story from D CEO discussed the ways in which Rich Templeton is reinventing Texas Instruments.

"It’s not that Templeton isn’t personable, or knowledgeable, or that he has anything to hide. In fact his dry wit and easygoing demeanor make him instantly likeable, and he can explain the significance of semiconductors so clearly that even a child could understand. The truth is that Templeton, 53, is a savvy businessman and engineer all in one unique package. But he’d rather roll up his sleeves and get to work than talk about it."