Rick Darnaby

Senior Vice President and General Manager at Motorola Solutions , Inc.

1303 East Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
Motorola Solutions , Inc.
HQ Phone:
(847) 576-5000

General Information

Employment History

Managing Partner  - Darnaby & Associates, LLC

President and Chief Executive Officer  - Somera Communications Inc

President  - The NutraSweet Company

Chairman  - NIR Diagnostics Inc.

Chairman  - American Sports Products Group Inc.

President and Chief Executive Officer  - SRI Sports Inc


Oklahoma State

international business , Institute of European Business Administration

Advanced Management Degree  - I.N.S.E.A.D.

Advanced Management Degree  - I.N.S.E.A.D. Fontainebleau

B.S.  - Oklahoma State University

M.B.A.  - Oklahoma State University

bachelor's degree  - business administration , OSU


Founder  - Nokia Corporation

Web References  

Sound ID Launches PSS – “Personalizing� Sound

"Each day, millions of people realize the need for high quality sound in noisy environments," said Rick Darnaby, President and CEO of Sound ID. "With our versatile Personal Sound System, and the expertise of the Hearing Care Provider, we can deliver the optimum listening experience.

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- Rick Darnaby, former President, The NutraSweet Company

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The information age is dead, international business strategist and Oklahoma State University graduate Rick Darnaby said.
Welcome to the dawn of the conceptual age, Darnaby said. "Conceptualization is taking that volume of data and transforming it," Darnaby said. "You've got to learn to use your head differently." Saturday, Darnaby spoke at two commencement exercises and told the fall 2009 graduates: "The new frontier is resting about half way between your left ear and your right ear. Darnaby was a three-sport star at Union High School in Tulsa. He played football, wrestled and ran track. Sports was one of three reasons he enrolled at Oklahoma State. The other two were it was reasonably close to his home in Tulsa, and his sister went to school at OSU. Sports didn't pan out. "I had a terminal condition of lack of skill and ability," Darnaby said. And his first go at Oklahoma State didn't work out either. "I wasn't too serious about school at the time," Darnaby said. Darnaby left Stillwater and tried other universities. They didn't stick either. His life changed when he met T.O. Allan, the founder of Collegiate Products, Inc. OSU students in the mid-to-late 1970s probably recognize Collegiate Products, Inc., as the company that rented dorm-sized refrigerators to students. Darnaby said he caught the business bug running Collegiate Products, Inc.'s operations at OSU. He received his master's in business administration in 1978, but didn't have a job in hand. He did have some rejection letters, including two from the Monsanto Co. "I was $10,000 in debt and had $200 in the bank when I got my MBA," he said. Darnaby decided he couldn't rely on mailed resumes for a job, and made cold calls on 10 companies - one of them was Monsanto. He sat in the Monsanto lobby for seven hours before someone in human resources agreed to talk to him. He mentioned the rejection letters and they asked why he was there. Darnaby replied, "I couldn't let you make the same mistake three times." It got him an interview, and a job. Eventually, Darnaby would become president of Monsanto Canada Inc., leading the chemicals, biotech, pharmaceuticals, electronics and food ingredient units. He was president of The NutraSweet Company from 1990 to 1996, led the marketing organization of the Motorola Company from 1996 to 1997, was senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's consumer solutions group from 1997 to 1999 and regional vice president, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's consumer products businesses in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1999 through 2000. From 2001 through 2004, Darnaby was chief executive officer for Somera Communications, Inc. Today, he is managing partner of three Conceptual Age consulting firms, serving high-technology industries. The firms preach and teach innovation, leadership and conceptualization. Darnaby said he wasn't an expert at telecommunications, electronics or sweeteners, but his ability to spot trends and position products brought him success. "It's the ability to use your brain differently, meet people and master social exchange," he said. Darnaby also praised OSU President Burns Hargis and first lady Ann Hargis for developing the culture of innovation at the university.

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