LONDON Francis Griffiths, National Instruments director of European sales has been promoted to vice president of sales for Europe. He has been with the company for the past eighteen years, is one of eight long term members of NI staff to be promoted to vice president.
“As NI works toward its goal of $1 billion in annual revenue, I believe our expanded management team positions NI to deliver continued customer success, streamlined decision making and critical strategic direction for future success,” said James Truchard, NI president and CEO.
GriffiGriffthsths gained a B Eng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in Cardiff. He joined National Instruments U.K. & Ireland in 1989 as an Applications Engineer on the NI Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) shortly after the branch opened.
The ELP is the training and development programme for graduate engineers at National Instruments.
Griffiths was promoted to district sales manager in 1992 and, after more than doubling sales in his territory, was promoted again to U.K. & Ireland branch manager four years later.
During his three years in this role, the branch developed its Alliance Partner program, more than doubled its sales and staff, and moved from distribution to a direct sales channel in Ireland.
Since 1999, as European director, Griffiths has held responsibility for European sales, during which time sales across the continent have almost doubled, and a number of branch offices have opened, including several offices in high growth areas of Eastern Europe.
Other promotions are Victor Mieres, vice president of sales, Asia Pacific; Owen Golden, vice president of sales, Americas; John Hanks, vice president of product marketing, data acquisition and industrial control; Tony Vento, vice president, applications engineering; Jon Bellin, vice president of R&D, application and system software; Kevin Schultz, vice president of R&D, data acquisition and distributed I/O; and Arleene Porterfield, vice president, global information technology.