Cannon enjoyed a long career with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), one of Fortune Magazine's most admired companies, and Forbes Magazine's list of "America's Best Employers". Cannon served in a leadership capacity of domestic and international corporate finance. His assignments were in various parts of the world, including Japan, The Philippines, Italy, Germany, Taiwan, and Singapore. With corporate citizenship a significant driving influence in the culture of Texas Instruments, after retiring from TI, Cannon moved to the non-profit sector where he served the next 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of a successful human rights organization based in the United States.
Simultaneously while leading in the non-profit sector, Cannon was also a founding partner in a social enterprise venture. This was a coffee shop in Dallas, TX, addressing employment barriers for people attempting to rebuild their lives and re-enter the workplace for those with non-violent criminal past, plus applying a “living wage” concept, and committing profits from the venture back into the non-profit sector in Dallas.
Recent Organization Involvement & Community Service:
Cannon is widely known for his leadership practice of “management by fact” through establishing performance metrics in each area of an organization’s board and staff to drive constant performance improvement. These improvements lead to greater board and staff contributions, personal satisfaction, plus, provides credible operating data used in funding development to support the program successes of the organization. He applies a "for-profit" business model to the non-profit, care based/community based organization (CBO), with management through performance metrics. In 2007 Cannon received his certification in “Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations” at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Through this management process, some of the accomplishments realized in his most recent non-profit leadership assignment:
Cannon lives in Dallas, TX, married and shares a home and life of more than 23 years with Mr. RafiQ Salleh-Flowers.