ODVA elects leaders

  • April 08, 2014
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April 8, 2014 — The membership of ODVA, a global standards development and trade association comprising more than 300 members from the world’s leading automation suppliers, has elected leadership for its 17th term.  Elections were held in conjunction with ODVA’s 2014 Industry Conference & 16th Annual Meeting of Members, held March 11-13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.   ODVA’s Board of Directors is responsible for overall governance of the organization and comprises senior executives from leading automation equipment suppliers.  In ODVA’s 17th term, ODVA’s directors are:

  • Dr. Thomas Bürger, vice president of engineering automation systems at Bosch Rexroth
  • Mr. Michael Höing, vice president of the electronics business unit at Weidmüller Interface
  • Mr. Kent Howard, president of the US subsidiary (Balluff, Inc.) at Balluff
  • Mr. Cyril Perducat, senior vice president for strategy-technology-solutions and chief technology officer for the industry business of Schneider Electric
  • Mr.  Tony Shakib, vice president of business development for the Internet of Things at Cisco Systems
  • Dr. Raimund Sommer, managing director for process solutions at Endress+Hauser
  • Mr. Ikuo Tateishi, general manager of strategy planning for the automation systems division of industrial automation business at Omron
  • Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer, vice president of control architecture & technology for Rockwell Automation

Operation of ODVA is the responsibility of its officers.  ODVA’s officers are a blend of executives from ODVA’s membership and professional staff.  In the 17th term, ODVA’s officers are:  

  • Ms. Katherine Voss, president & executive director
  • Mr. Richard Harwell, chief technology officer
  • Mr. Christopher Lynch, secretary
  • Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer, treasurer

As ODVA’s president and executive director, Katherine Voss is ODVA’s chief executive with the responsibility for general management and day-to-day operation of ODVA, which has its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA and additional operations in China, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Ms. Voss is a member of ODVA’s professional staff and prior to joining ODVA worked an executive and entrepreneur in the automation industry. ODVA’s Technical Review Board oversees the development of standards for the association including approval of technology enhancements for inclusion in ODVA specifications.  ODVA specifications encompass the Common Industrial Protocol, or “CIP,” and its network adaptations EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet. In its 17th term, ODVA’s representatives to its Technical Review Board are Mr. Rudy Belliardi of Schneider Electric, Mr. Paul Didier of Cisco Systems, Dr. Jörg Hähniche of Endress+Hauser, Mr. Richard Jackson of Omron, Dr. Ludwig Leurs of Bosch Rexroth, Mr. Eric Scott of Molex, Mr. Dave VanGompel of Rockwell Automation, and Mr. Joakim Wiberg of HMS Industrial Networks.  As ODVA’s chief technology officer, Richard Harwell is the chairman of ODVA’s Technical Review Board with responsibility for management of the specification enhancement and publication process for ODVA. Mr. Harwell is a participant from ODVA sustaining member Eaton Electrical. “ODVA’s Industry Conference and Annual Meeting of Members brings together leading automation suppliers, who are competitors outside ODVA, in a spirit where they all work toward a common purpose of developing and promoting open, interoperable communication standards for ODVA’s portfolio of industrial networking technology,” said Katherine Voss, ODVA president and executive director. “In the 17th term, ODVA’s leadership will carry ODVA’s spirit and purpose forward to ensure that ODVA’s efforts are focused on the common good of the membership and the growing adoption of ODVA technologies throughout industrial automation, in particular EtherNet/IP.” About ODVA Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association whose members are comprised of the world’s leading automation companies. ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP” – and the network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet – as its core technology and the primary common interest of its membership. ODVA’s vision is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the global community by transforming the model for information and communication technology in the industrial ecosystem. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IP – the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network. 

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