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2016 Technology Executive of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Recipient


The Technology Association of Oregon recognizes the outstanding achievements of this year’s Executive of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Recipient

Portland, Ore. – March 7, 2016 – The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) announced today the selection of Bob Conlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVEX Global, as the 2016 Technology Executive of the Year.  The TAO also announced the selection of Keith Larson, Vice President of Intel Capital, as recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Conlin and Larson will be recognized as part of the Oregon Technology Awards ceremony on May 12, now in its 32nd year, which celebrates excellence and achievement within the region’s vibrant technology community. 

Conlin serves as the President and CEO of NAVEX Global, an industry leader in ethics and compliance software with 12,500 clients worldwide, including 95 of the FORTUNE 100. Since stepping in as president in 2012, Conlin has led the company to continued strong growth, increasing revenues by nearly 500 percent, and growing the employee base 400 percent from 200 employees to just over 1,000 across five locations in the U.S. and the U.K. In November 2014, he worked with The Riverside Company to lead the organization’s acquisition by Vista Equity Partners – at the time the largest sale of an Oregon-based company in over a decade – and was named president and CEO. In August 2015, Bob led the acquisition of The Network, an Atlanta-based competitor, growing NAVEX Global’s customer base by 50 percent. Conlin is also deeply involved with philanthropic activities in the local community and encourages a similar ethic at NAVEX Global.  

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the incredible team at NAVEX Global,” said Conlin. “Our teammates come to work each day to provide software and services that help thousands of companies meet their compliance requirements and operate ethical businesses. It’s meaningful work that benefits millions of employees worldwide.”  

Larson has been a significant contributor to Intel Capital since 1996 and currently serves as a voting member on its investment committee. His background in venture capital has helped entrepreneurs scale from start-ups to global corporations, positively impacting both the regional and global tech economies. He has helped seed success for companies in a variety of industries, from semiconductor equipment and materials to biotech and healthcare. Larson is a former Chairman and member of the Oregon Investment Council, and is on the Board of Regents of the University of Portland. Members of the technology community selected Larson in acknowledgement of his positive impact in the industry and the greater Oregon community.  

“I have had the opportunity to work with some of the brightest people in the industry and am humbled and honored to have been chosen for this award,” said Larson. “Thank you to my colleagues, family and friends for their continued support, and to the selection committee for their recognition.”

“The Technology Executive of the Year and Lifetime Achievement title recognizes excellence in industry leadership as well as an individual’s positive impact in the greater Oregon community,” said Skip Newberry, TAO president. “We are thrilled to recognize Bob and Keith for their contributions and achievements.”

The 2016 Oregon Technology Awards Program is presented by JLL and United Healthcare. Help us celebrate our 2016 recipients at the Oregon Technology Awards Ceremony on May 12th at the Portland Art Museum – purchase tickets here!

About TAO: TAO is a local nonprofit working to build opportunities, better our economy and unify a voice for innovation in Oregon and beyond.  A recognized leader in shaping and growing technology and business communities, TAO empowers businesses and entrepreneurs through networks, events, advocacy, resources and more.  With over 400 member-companies, TAO’s network brings together some of the largest companies in the world, small startups, and tech-enabled companies that are using technology to drive growth and innovation. For more information please visit

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