University of Pittsburgh

Delena Spencer, Winner 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award

Delena Spencer

Vice President
Controller, High Volume Analog and Logic
Texas Instruments Incorporated

Delena Spencer joined Texas Instruments (TI) as a member of the Finance Development Program in 1992, the same year she earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. She held numerous rotational assignments in finance, competitive intelligence, and accounting before joining TI's economic analysis group in 1994.

In 1996, Delena moved to TI Corporate Development where she was project manager on various divestitures, acquisitions, and equity investments. In 1999, Delena moved to Houston, Texas, to become the finance and operations manager for Advanced Embedded Controls, a specialty microcontroller business with revenues of more than $500M per year.

In 2003, Delena returned to Dallas and accepted the role of director, TI Financial Planning. The group's responsibilities include preparation of TI's financial forecasts and earnings releases, communication of TI's financials to management and investors, and development of TI's long-range plans.

In 2006, Delena moved to her current position as controller of TI's High Volume Analog and Logic business, a $2.3B business that is critical to TI's long-term analog product strategy. In this role, Delena manages a group of 60 professionals and works closely with the business manager to develop strategy, institute supply chain initiatives, and direct the financial needs of the business.

Delena is a passionate diversity advocate and has been instrumental in driving initiatives throughout TI and across Texas. Delena is a founding member and fundraising chair of the Women of TI Fund which was created to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, or math professions in the United States. The fund has raised over half a million dollars and changed hundreds of girls' lives since its inception.

Delena is on the board of directors of The Women's Museum and the Women's Issue Network, is a member of Leadership Texas and the International Women's Forum Fellows Program, was a founder of TI's first Women's Initiative Group, and helped create the TI Diversity Network, which includes more than 25 initiatives representing employees from all walks of life and was the first of its kind in the country.

In addition to the MBA, Delena earned a bachelor's degree in finance at Indiana University and a master's degree in managerial economics at the University of Texas at Dallas.