About IPSO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIRMAN

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Geoff Mulligan

Speaker, Consultant, Innovator

Mr. Mulligan just finished serving as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on the Cyber-Physical Systems project for the White House with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Mulligan previously was the Founder and President of Proto6, a technology consulting company focused on the Internet of Things, RF Sensors, IPv6, IP networks and open systems. He is notable for developing the Embedded Internet and creating the 6LoWPAN protocol and chairing the 6LoWPAN working group at the IETF since 1995. He helped build the first commercial firewall product and was instrumental in the design of the IPv6 protocol. Geoff holds over 15 patents in network security and electronic mail and is often called to serve as an expert witness on patent litigation and has testified before Congress on Electronic Commerce and Computer Security. He authored the security book "Removing the Spam" in 1999. Mr. Mulligan received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Denver after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy. He is a Founder and former board member of the Zigbee Alliance.



PRESIDENT

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Pete St. Pierre

Oracle
Pete St. Pierre is a member of the Product Management team responsible for the Internet of Things at Oracle. He has 25 years of experience in Software Engineering, Product Development and Internet technologies. Mr. St Pierre has spent the last 7 years developing network protocols, system architectures and IoT solutions at Oracle. As a technology lead for Sun Microsystems, he was a founding board member of the IPSO Alliance. During his tenure with the IPSO Board of Directors, he served at various times as Secretary, Vice President and finally President of the Alliance until stepping away at the end of his last term in May 2013.
Mr. St. Pierre possesses a deep understanding of the technologies associated with the Internet of Things and an appreciation for the business challenges of deploying real-world interoperable solutions. Throughout his professional career he has been involved in technology development, working with standards setting organizations along the way.



VICE-PRESIDENT

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Christian Légaré

Micrium
Christian Légaré is executive vice-president and CTO of Micrium, a leading provider of embedded software, including the uC/OS real time kernel. Prior to Micrium, Mr. Légaré was in charge of an IP (Internet Protocol) certification program at the International Institute of Telecom (IIT) in Montreal, Canada. Throughout his 22 years in the telecom industry, he has served as an executive in large scale organizations as well as start-ups, mainly in the engineering and R&D fields. Mr. Légaré also currently serves as vice president of the IPSO Alliance Board of Directors, where he provides guidance on the embedded systems industry to the IPSO Alliance to advance the mutual goals of making IoT a reality. Mr. Légaré holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec, Canada.



TREASURER

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Mike Justice

Grid Connect
Mike Justice is a former BOD and current member of ODVA (odva.org), an international standards organization started by Rockwell that promotes the DeviceNet & Ethernet/IP standards for industrial marketplace. Mr. Justice is also a current member of Profibus International (profibus.com), a standards organization started by Siemens to promote the Profibus and ProfiNet standards for industrial marketplace. Throughout his 35 years of industry experience, he has developed an excellent understanding of networking technologies, including Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, serial (RS232/422/485), 900MHz, and others. He holds a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Mr. Justice’s goals in joining the IPSO Board of Directors is to help small and medium size companies join and adopt the IPSO standards. Additionally, he seeks to provide a marketing avenue for these companies to help grow the current marketplace. He is interested in providing input into the Alliance’s work on specifications and other activities in which the Alliance participates.



SECRETARY

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Jan Holler

Ericsson

Mr. Höller is a Principal Researcher at Ericsson Research where he has the responsibility to define and drive technology strategies and to contribute to the company strategies in the area of M2M and Internet of Things, and where he is a strong advocate for Ericsson’s vision of “50 Billion connected Devices”. He was an early promoter of Internet of Things and M2M at Ericsson and significantly contributed to Ericsson’s portfolio and standardization strategies. Jan has also served as a Board Member of WISENET, Vinnova Centre of Excellence for Wireless Sensor Networks at Uppsala University in Sweden. Mr. Höller’s expertise spans IoT, M2M, context-aware services, ubiquitous computing and mobile and pervasive networking, as well as standardization, business innovation, partnering and ecosystem creation and is matched by his belief in the use of IP and the Web in all connected devices. He was recently featured in a Wired Magazine article titled “When the World becomes the Web” and is a co-author of the new book, From Machine-to-Machine to the Internet of Things – Introduction to a New Age of Intelligence. Mr. Höller currently serves as Secretary of the IPSO Alliance Board of Directors, where he provides guidance on the telecommunications industry and its partnership with the IPSO Alliance to advance mutual goals of “Building a Smarter World through the Internet of Things”.


 

DIRECTORS

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Anton Pfefferseder

Bosch

Dr. Pfefferseder received his doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich. He has been with Bosch for over 15 years, and throughout that time has been responsible for the fire alarm detector development group and R&D of fire alarm control panels. He is currently responsible for field bus and sensor communication topics within Bosch’s business sector energy and building technology. Dr. Pfefferseder has served on the Board of IPSO Alliance since May 2010. A prolific inventor, Dr. Pfefferseder is co-author of two dozen patents and is a leader in the application of network connectivity to life saving field detection devices, sensors and control systems.


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Nick Ashworth

Eaton

Mr. Ashworth has a distinguished track record of over 20 years in product development and leadership in industries including HVAC, appliances, commercial lighting, and smart grid. During this time, he has participated in connected product development involving IP, ZigBee, ISA-100, WirelessHART, and a variety of proprietary wireless communication protocols. Mr. Ashworth holds 15 patents for inventions involving the application of smart technologies for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. At Eaton, he is responsible for technology and engineering within the Energy Automation Solutions business which provides enterprise software, communication infrastructure and end-point devices for monitoring and controlling assets on the electrical grid. Nick Ashworth was the chairperson for the inaugural IPSO CHALLENGE in 2013, which broadened IPSO from promoting and educating to sponsorship of the development of the Internet of Things. Elected to Chairman of the IPSO Alliance in 2013, Mr. Ashworth brings to the Alliance a wealth of engineering leadership experience ranging from NASA to Cyberexe, Invensys, Nivis, and now Eaton.


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Raj Vaswani

Silver Spring Networks
Raj Vaswani has been with Silver Spring Networks since 2003, and brings more than 15 years of innovation, product development and product management experience in the Internet, software and networking industries to the Company. Prior to joining Silver Spring, Mr. Vaswani was an Entrepreneur in Residence with Foundation Capital. Prior to Foundation Capital, Mr. Vaswani served as Vice President of Engineering at Epinions.com (now shopping.com), a high-traffic consumer-oriented Web site. Previously, he was Senior Scientist and Director of Engineering for the @Home Network (later Excite@Home). Mr. Vaswani holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and a BS in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley.