ZigBee Alliance Names New Executive Board Members

Zigbee Leadership Shifts, Expands
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Musa Unmehopa, vice chairman of Zigbee Alliance

The ZigBee Alliance has added two vice chairmen to its executive committee. Musa Unmehopa, Philips Lighting’s senior director of standards and regulations, moves from board secretary and treasurer to his new role as vice chairman, and board member Jean-Pierre Desbenoit, Schneider Electric’s ICT standardization and industry-relations director of global strategy, has been elected as a ZigBee Alliance vice chairman. 

“We’re very excited to announce two key additions to the executive committee as we welcome Musa and Jean-Pierre, who for many years have been instrumental in the Alliance’s key initiatives and success,” said Tobin Richardson, ZigBee Alliance president and CEO. “We’re also very fortunate to have Kroger Co. R&D general manager John Osborne continue into his third year as ZigBee Alliance Board Chairman. The Alliance has charted an exciting course for 2016 and beyond, and we have a broadly respected, highly talented and knowledgeable team at the helm.” 

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Jean-Pierre Desbenoit, vice chairman of Zigbee Alliance“With the support of The Kroger Co. and the ZigBee Alliance membership, I am honored to continue in my role as Chairman through 2016,” Osborne said. “There is considerable Alliance momentum behind our interoperability initiatives, as well as requests that new features be added to current specifications and other beneficial solutions. Further, there is also a high level of interest from those outside of the Alliance to be part of what we are accomplishing. We look forward to a very successful year with flagship programs like our ZigBee 3.0 solution and other exciting activities.”

Michael Koster, principal research engineer for SmartThings, will succeed Unmehope as secretary, and Dee Denteneer, director of standards at Philips Lighting, will succeed Desbenoit as treasurer.

To meet in person with ZigBee Alliance executives and members, visit the ZigBee Pavilion this month at Light + Building – Hall 9.0, Booth C89, or connect with them at an upcoming event

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