Sam Coursen, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, CIO
Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
First job:
"Student engineer" for AT&T in Atlanta, a co-op student assignment.
Your recreational best:
"At one time, a golf handicap in single digits."
What's in your MP3 player?
Bob Dylan
Favorite books:
A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel,
What do you love about IT?
"First, IT is inevitably ?on the line' to deliver every day. This creates a daily tension, but it also leads to stronger satisfaction upon successes. Second, the game is always changing with the dynamic rate of technology change. IT is never boring."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Gain a reputation, via actions not words, of relentlessly driving efficiency and effectiveness in the IT function. Deliver as promised via process excellence and relentless attention to detail. Be creative in the use of new technologies or new processes
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