Board & Officers

Chair of the Board
Bruno Vulcano
Legrand Group

Bruno joined Legrand as an RF engineer in 1997. Since 2016, Bruno is the R&D manager for the Legrand Group RF Skills Center and for the Digital Network devices for the Legrand Digital Infrastructure Business Unit.  Previously Bruno spent 11 years as the manager of the Electronic and Software Department of the Legrand Group’s Radio Frequency & Voice, Data and Image Competencies Center and 10 years in the wired and RF telecommunication field in various R&D positions as electronic designer or project leader.

Bruno holds a master’s degree in electronic embedded systems from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.


Chair Emeritus
John E. Osborne II
LEEDARSON

John Osborne is currently President, North America at LEEDARSON, Chair Emeritus of the board for the Alliance, and Vice Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. In these capacities, he helps educate and grow the IoT market globally. LEEDARSON is a global provider in lighting and sensors. The Alliance has been the premier IoT standards development organization since 2002.

John has extensive experience in new product development, rapid product commercialization, systems innovations, and operations improvement. He has demonstrated the ability to manage and inspire multi-cultural, international-external teams. He is a skilled communicator and presenter, and has a sound background in budgeting, resource allocation, and operations efficiency.


Vice-Chair of the Board
Rob Alexander
Silicon Labs

Rob has worked on IoT devices, wireless protocols, and embedded devices for more than 13 years.  He is a Principal Architect at Silicon Labs working with the embedded software team to integrate wireless stacks into Silicon Labs hardware and software.  Since 2013 Rob has served as the Chair of the Zigbee Pro Core Workgroup, which defines the mesh networking layer, application transport layer, and the interactions with the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC layer.  Rob serves on the Alliance Board of Directors and the Thread Board of Directors.


Vice-Chair of the Board, Chair Test & Cert. Oversight Committee
Bożena Erdmann
Signify

A research scientist with a background in telecommunications and working experience with WLAN/WPAN technologies. Interested in all kinds of developments in LR-WPAN, including new applications.
Specializing in: configuration/setup, user interaction, security, performance, optimization, and applications.

 


Vice-Chair of the Board, Chair of the Marketing Committee
Makarand Joshi
Schneider Electric

In a global impact role at Schneider Electric, Mak provides strategic IoT leadership across a range of products spanning smart buildings, data centers, smart factories, electrical distribution and more. With functional responsibility for IoT Strategy, Innovation and Standards, he is challenged with the strategic ‘so what’ and ‘now what’ questions resulting from the rapid innovation within emerging technologies. His team directly contributes to Schneider’s preparedness around IoT topics such as Big Data, Digital Twin, AI/ML, Blockchain, Connectivity (Zigbee, LPWAN, 5G), Data Privacy and Security, Edge Analytics, Mixed Reality and more. In addition to Standards organizations such as the Alliance and ETSI, Mak is a frequent speaker at conferences and also represents Schneider on various influence boards such as the World Economic Forum working group on 5G and the European Commission task force on Data Portability.

Over 25+ years, Mak has contributed in a variety of engineering, program and product management, business development, services, entrepreneurial and executive leadership roles. These opportunities have been at startups, corporate, government and non-profits spanning Semiconductors, Software, Energy (Cleantech and Utilities) and IoT sectors. Mak has a BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Vice-Chair of the Board
Sujata Neidig
NXP Semiconductors

Sujata Neidig has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. Sujata is currently the Director of Product Marketing for NXP’s Kinetis 32-bit ARM(r) Cortex(r)-M and wireless connectivity microcontrollers (MCUs). In addition to being a member of the Alliance board, she is also on the Thread Group board where she has the role of VP of Marketing and the Marketing Committee chair. Sujata earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.


Vice-Chair of the Board
Juston Zhu
Wulian

Juston Zhu is vice president of Wulian Co., Ltd. Currently, Juston leads marketing as well as a number of engineering departments at Wulian, and is also in charge of overseas sales and strategic account development. Juston started his career as hardware engineer at Sony, and spent over 12 years in Tokyo before moving to China in 2014.

Prior to joining Wulian, Juston held several leadership positions at NVIDIA for more than eight years. His experience covers both business and engineering in home automation and cloud service, mobile computing, various consumer electronics, and embedded systems. Juston holds BSc. degree in electrical engineering from Fudan University, China.


Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee; Chair, Strategy Committee
Jean-Michel Orsat
Somfy Group

Jean-Michel Orsat has over 30 years of experience in the home automation industry, within industry alliances and EU regulatory bodies. He is Director of the Systems & Solutions of Connectivity Department at Somfy, overseeing technology partnerships, connectivity and wireless networking technologies and overall system architectures.

With a strong focus on Interoperability, he has been deeply involved in the development of protocols with other leading home equipment manufacturers. The department he is heading deals with wireless protocols developments, focusing io-homecontrol, Thread, Zigbee and other open standard solutions for the Somfy Group.

He is also a member of the Thread Group Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Board within the Alliance. Jean-Michel Orsat is graduated with an Engineering Degree from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.


Chris DanielsSecretary
Chris Daniels
The Kroger Company

Chris Daniels is an Advanced Engineer at The Kroger Company, where he is responsible for Advanced Systems Concepts and the Next Generation IoT efforts. Throughout his 15 years in engineering, he has gained experience leading large development teams on research and development and other innovation efforts. During his time at Kroger, he spearheaded the adoption of numerous software and architecture standards with various innovation efforts such as Temperature Monitoring (over 1 million IoT devices deployed) and Kroger Pickup eCommerce fulfillment. Chris’ business and engineering experience also spans crowdfunding, financial, and aviation industries through leading efforts from startups and non-profits to BigCos. He is an active member of the Cincinnati startup community and has been the co-founder and CTO of multiple startups. Chris has a BS in Computer Science from Northern Kentucky University.


The Alliance President and CEO
Tobin JM Richardson

Tobin Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Alliance, leading the Alliance’s efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. Tobin works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and to advance the adoption of Alliance standards around the globe, including Zigbee, Dotdot, Smart Energy and several other IoT standards essential to interoperability for consumers in smart homes, smart buildings, and smart cities. Tobin has more than two decades of experience in guiding technology, product, and organizational strategy and development, from Fortune 500 to large government bodies focused on transformational change. 

 


Ulf Axelsson
IKEA of Sweden AB

Ulf is an IoT Architect and works with connectivity technologies within IKEA Home Smart. During his five years at IKEA his main focus has been to develop the Zigbee implementation of the Zigbee-based products.

Before Ulf brought his competence to IKEA he worked with the development of mobile phones within Sony Ericsson and the development of video surveillance products at Axis Communications for a combined ten years.

 


Chris DeCenzo
Amazon

Chris DeCenzo is a Principal Engineer at Amazon where he focuses on Smart Home for the Alexa Devices group. Prior to joining Amazon, Chris spent 9 years as the Chief Architect at Icontrol Technologies, a pioneer in the Connected Home space. Icontrol was split up and sold to Xfinity and Alarm.com in 2016.

 

 


Director Technology and Partner Integration
Kevin Kraus
ASSA ABLOY/Yale and August Residential Locks

Kevin Kraus has been the Director of Technology and Partner Integration for Yale and August Residential Electronic Lock Business since 2018 and is responsible for defining key product technologies and developing partner integration strategies and tools to support seamless lock integration. Prior to becoming the Director of technology and partner integration, Kevin was Director of product development for Yale Residential Locks. Responsible for product strategy, product development, and technology.  Prior to joining ASSA ABLOY/Yale in 2009; Kevin spent 11 years as director of product management electronic locks for the Schlage Residential Business. Prior to Schlage Kevin spent 7 years with Honeywell’s Security Group as product manager for Honeywell Residential Security Products.  Kevin has extensive experience in the IOT, Residential Security, and Home Automation Business and is regarded as a subject matter expert in residential electronic locks, residential security and home automation systems and residential systems communication technologies. Kevin has majors in both Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Kevin is also on the Z-Wave Alliance, Zigbee Alliance, and Thread Board of Directors and Treasure of both the Thread Group and Z-Wave Alliance.


Andreas Gal
Apple

Based in Cupertino, CA, US, Andreas works on HomeKit technology and strategy. Prior to joining Apple, Andreas was Chief Technology Officer at Mozilla where he, among others, launched Firefox OS. After leaving Mozilla Andreas founded the embedded machine learning startup Silk Labs before joining Apple in 2017. Andreas holds a MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Magdeburg and the University of California, Irvine, respectively.

 


Pekka Hakkarainen
Lutron Electronics

Dr. Pekka Hakkarainen is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics. He has held several technical, market development and business development positions since joining Lutron in 1990.

Pekka has been involved in NEMA activities since the mid-1990’s and he is a past Chair of the Lighting Systems Division and the High Performance Building Council. Pekka currently chairs the Daylight Management Council. In 2014 Pekka received NEMA’s Kite and Key award for his service in the Lighting Systems Division. He has also served on the Board of the Global Lighting Association and served as the Chair of the Board of the Connected Lighting Alliance.

Pekka is also a voting member of the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He has served on two committees for the National Research Council charged with evaluating public spending on solid-state lighting.

Pekka received a BA/MA degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, England and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from MIT. He holds seven U.S. patents.


Suyash Jain
Texas Instruments

Suyash Jain is a Software Development Manager at Texas Instruments where he focuses on Zigbee Stack Development and Software Integration aspects for the SimpleLink product family. Suyash has had roles in both Low Power Wireless Software and Hardware Engineering at TI, he brings his wireless engineering experience and customer/consumer focus to the development of Technologies at the Alliance.

 


Vice-Chair of the Board
David Kaufman
Resideo Technologies Inc.

David Kaufman is a Director of Business Development for Resideo Technologies Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in automation holding various executive sales and marketing roles. David is known for leading successful strategic initiatives where he has consistently achieved organic business growth totally over $500M. He is currently the primary Resideo representative for any Internet of Things related standard or alliance. He has held key positions in the Wireless Industrial Network Alliance, the HART Communications Foundation, and the Open Connectivity Foundation. He was a charter board member of the Wireless Compliance Institute, the Energy Information Standards Alliance, and the OpenADR Alliance. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his industry contributions including 2 awards from the US National Institute of Technology (NIST). He has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Honeywell. David also holds multiple US patents. He is a published author on wireless technologies and a recent 4 time All American Triathlete.


Jim Kitchen
Comcast

Jim is VP of Product for Connected Home Devices & Platforms at Comcast.  In this role, his product teams are responsible for all IoT/automation devices on Comcast’s national Xfinity Home & Xfinity Automation deployments.  Jim joined Comcast through the acquisition of Icontrol, a company that he co-founded in 2005.  Icontrol was the leading smart home security and automation platform for both Comcast and ADT until its acquisition by Comcast in 2016.  While at Icontrol, Jim led several different teams and was SVP of Product Strategy & Ecosystems at the time of acquisition.  Jim has been working with the Alliance since 2007 when Zigbee was adopted as a key technology for some of the largest system deployments in the world.  With over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, product management, software operations, and both hardware and software technology, Jim brings a unique perspective to the Alliance Board of Directors to help represent the concerns of a large service provider/operator in the IoT space.


Director
Mark Tekippe
Samsung SmartThings

Mark is a Director of Product Management at Samsung SmartThings, responsible for edge product strategy. He has 15+ years of diverse IoT experience spanning both consumer and industrial markets and working across the IoT value chain. Mark held a variety of engineering and product leadership roles with Digi International and Silicon Labs, where he was responsible for an industry-leading portfolio of mesh networking (Zigbee/Thread) and sub-GHz silicon, modules, software and tools. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Zigbee Alliance, Thread Group and EOS International, a non-profit focused on sustainable technology and safe drinking water for developing countries. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and has extensive international experience including foreign work assignments and studies at the National University of Singapore and Brunel University London.

 


Vice-Chair of the Board
Kevin Po
Google

Kevin is a Product Manager for the Smart Home Ecosystem at Google Nest, with 10+ years in the consumer electronics industry. Kevin leads SDK and API development that enable local interactions in the ecosystem, as well as their product integrations in the Google Nest experience. This includes driving connectivity technology strategy, such as Thread and Weave, within Google’s Devices and Services product area. Kevin previously held various technical leadership and software management roles within Nest, having joined the company in 2012 and helped ship multiple generations of Nest products and services.


Wesley Rhodes
The Kroger Co.

Wesley is the VP of Technology Transformation at Kroger focused on their transformation to new technologies, paradigms, methods, and innovations to better serve Kroger customers.

Prior to joining Kroger, Wesley spent 17 years with IBM where he served in numerous capacities including as the Chief Technologist in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud computing, as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Sensemaking, as the CTO for Corporate Strategy, as the Deputy CTO for US and NATO National Security and Defense, as Director of the Network Science Research Center as well as a subject matter expert in cyber security and disaster recovery.

Wesley holds numerous academic appointments, is a former Prince of Wales Fellow at MIT and has graduate degrees from the University of Houston, the University of Western Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin and from the University of Maryland, University College.


Daniel Orsatti
STMicroelectronics

Daniel Orsatti has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor and in the telecom industries. He is currently Director of Standardization of the Microcontroller and Digital Group at STMicroelectronics. In this role he manages the engagement and strategy of STMicroelectronics MDG Group in industry standardization organizations and alliances with a strong focus in wireless and contactless standard organizations. Prior to this position he has hold various technical and management roles in product development including System Architect, VLSI Manager and Director of R&D. Daniel Orsatti is graduated with an Engineering Degree from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité.

 


Alex Yang
Tuya

Since 2015, Alex has been in charge of business operations, international marketing, and global business expansion, and he is directly responsible for the growth of Tuya U.S Headquarters.

Before Tuya, Alex held several management roles at Alibaba. He was responsible for marketing, channel management, and operations in several corporate strategic business units, including e-commerce cloud, cloud OS, and mobile payments. Alex has more than a decade of experience in international operations and digital marketing for the internet and manufacturing industry.


Director
Ruinan Sun
Huawei


Neil YANG
OPPO

Dr. Neil YANG is a professorate senior engineer, and the Head of Standard and Research Dept. in OPPO. He joined OPPO from 2015 and has worked on wireless communication, IoT area for more than 15 years. Currently, Dr. Neil leads the standard and research work in OPPO, including IoT, WiFi, B5G/6G, etc.

 


Skip Ashton
Infineon

Skip is a Distinguished Engineer at Infineon. He has previously been on the Board of Directors for Zigbee and Thread, as well as other IoT consortia.  Skip was the Vice President of Software for Silicon Labs helping to build their IoT portfolio and software teams.  Skip was responsible for IoT efforts across Zigbee, Thread, Bluetooth and proprietary wireless in addition to 32b MCU and the software tools at Silicon Labs. Throughout his career, Skip has held a variety of program and engineering management positions focusing on high quality product development.  Skip has worked with companies in home automation, connected lighting, smart energy and the systems required for success of these products.   Skip holds a BSME from Georgia Tech and also worked on nuclear power in the US Navy.

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