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Former TI Executive Joins CFT As Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth W. Bull, a finance executive with more than 26 years of experience in the for-profit sector, has joined Communities Foundation of Texas as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Ms. Bull, who previously served as vice president and treasurer of Texas Instruments, oversees the financial and administrative operations of CFT as a senior member of its management team. She assumed her new role Aug. 25, following the recent retirement of J. Michael Redfearn after 20 years of service at CFT as vice president, finance, and chief financial officer.

“Beth brings a broad financial background as well as significant corporate management experience to CFT,” said Brent Christopher, president and CEO. “This professional expertise will enable her to assume key responsibilities for CFT’s already respected financial operations and investment program alongside a talented executive team.

"Beth was one of the top financial leaders of a global Fortune 500 company renowned for its ethics, sound fiscal management and strong corporate citizenship. She is also very involved in the Dallas community and is committed to supporting effective philanthropy, which makes her an ideal addition to Communities Foundation of Texas.”

Ms. Bull joined Texas Instruments in 1982 as a financial analyst and held a variety of positions in Houston, Dallas and Midland, Texas, as well as Taipei, Taiwan. In 1994, she was named finance director of Texas Instruments Asia, in Taipei, and three years later, returned to Dallas to become vice president and finance director of TI’s Worldwide Application Specific Products Group. In 2002, Ms. Bull was named vice president and treasurer of TI. In this role she was a key member of the corporation’s finance leadership and chaired TI’s Retirement Investment Committee.

As a volunteer, Ms. Bull serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas as the audit committee chair and as a member of the finance committee for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. In addition, she is a founding member of the Women of TI Fund, an initiative of TI women to strengthen math and science education for girls in elementary school through high school.

Ms. Bull holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from DePauw University in Indiana and a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Three other new staff members also have joined CFT recently: Karen Gutierrez, data integrity manager; Susan Henderson, associate program officer, T-STEM Academies, Texas High School Project; and Dawn Jimenez, disbursements administrator.

Elizabeth W. Bull