The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the
appointment of new officers to the Bluetooth
SIG Board of Directors. Board members Svein-Egil Nielsen, James
Rutledge, and Toby Nixon have been appointed as Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
and Secretary respectively, for a one year term.
"The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has been the driving force behind Bluetooth®
technology since its inception in early 1998, taking Bluetooth from a
simple wire replacement solution to where it is today, with over two
billion Bluetooth enabled products projected to ship in 2013 and with
the technology positioned to become the backbone of the future connected
world," said Mark Powell, executive director, Bluetooth SIG. "Our Board
of Directors and Associate members are volunteers who dedicate their
time, thought leadership, and expertise to ensure luetooth technology
remains the de facto global wireless standard. We appreciate their
guidance and are pleased to work even closer with Svein-Egil, James, and
Toby in their new roles."
Nielsen, director of emerging technologies and strategic partnerships
for Nordic Semiconductor, has been on the SIG board since July 2011.
Rutledge, director of open innovation research & technology, senior
engineering staff member and Lenovo Master Inventor, has previously
served for two years as secretary of the board. Nixon, a senior program
manager at Microsoft, has been on the Bluetooth SIG board since 2011.
Commented Nielsen: "This is an exciting time. The future of Bluetooth
has never been brighter, with the technology poised to unleash an
unprecedented wave of innovation across multiple industries. Our mission
will be to make it possible for virtually any object to become part of
the connected world. I congratulate my fellow newly elected officers and
look forward to working with them, the board, and our over 17,000
members to make our shared vision a reality."
About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology
Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard enabling
simple, secure connectivity for an expanding range of devices and serves
as the backbone of the connected world. Bluetooth Smart Ready and
Bluetooth Smart branded devices, through an updatable platform and low
power consumption, create new application opportunities for the mobile
phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & fitness and smart
home industries. With over two billion devices shipping annually,
Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice for developers, product
manufacturers, and consumers worldwide. Backed by industry leading
companies, the Bluetooth SIG empowers over 17,000 member companies to
collaborate, innovate and guide Bluetooth wireless technology. For more
information please visit www.bluetooth.com.
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