Tarleton to host former Motion Computing CEO as ‘Executive in Residence’

Cathy Thompson

STEPHENVILLE (March 23, 2015) — The former CEO of Motion Computing Inc., a leading maker of tablet personal computers, will be the first “Executive in Residence” hosted by the College of Business Administration at Tarleton State University.

Cathy Thompson will inaugurate the Executive in Residence series at Tarleton on Thursday, April 16, launching the business college’s initiative to expose its students to professionals in leading businesses that are experiencing change in their respective industries, said Dr. Barbara Nemecek, dean of the college.

A 1:30 p.m. public presentation will be aimed at regional business leaders as well as the university community. The forum will be in room 176 of the Business Administration Building on the Tarleton campus.

“The College of Business Administration is very pleased to announce our new Executive in Residence speaker series,” said Nemecek. “Twice a year a top executive from a leading industry will spend a full day on campus sharing their insights on current business issues and leading trends in their industry. Each Executive will hold an open forum with the university and business communities.”

Prior to the forum, Thompson will visit with COBA students in classes, discussing her personal career and providing insight into opportunities in industry. The lectures will be followed by a luncheon attended by select student leaders, faculty and business leaders, with Thompson presenting “Mobility in the Enterprise, It’s More Than Just a Tablet.”

The Executive in Residence series will continue each semester and focus on a visiting leading business executive from a particular industry that may be facing change, stress, revitalization or other factors that have propelled its products and services into the forefront of public discussion and media attention, said Nemecek.

As CEO and co-chair of Motion Computing, Thompson was responsible for guiding the company’s direction and day-to-day activities. Working closely with the board of directors, she helped set Motion’s strategic goals and oversaw company activities focused on growth, innovation and industry leadership. Prior to her position as CEO, Thompson was Motion’s chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Motion, Thompson served in leadership roles with Dell, beginning in 1993 as vice president of internal audit. She later held positions as vice president and corporate controller, vice president of business operations in the Americas, vice president of customer support within the relationship group, vice president of global customer programs, vice president of finance supporting the sales segments in the Americas and commercial business group, and vice president of finance for Dell’s global marketing organization.

Before joining Dell, Thompson was a partner at the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Company where she was director of the Dallas-Fort Worth telecommunications and utilities audit and financial consulting practices.

A certified public accountant, Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a board member for both Ballet Austin and the Capital Area Food Bank.

For more information about Tarleton’s College of Business Administration, visit www.tarleton.edu/coba.

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