Forrest D. (Don) Wright

Forrest D. (Don) Wright

President, Standards Strategies, LLC

Mr. Wright is the President of Standards Strategies, LLC, an information and communication technology standardization engineering firm. He is the retired Director of Worldwide Standards for Lexmark International, a leading developer of printing technology and products. He has over 39 years of experience in standards, engineering, software development and marketing. Since graduating from the University of Louisville with a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu), Mr. Wright worked on the development and marketing of office printing products for IBM (12 years) and Lexmark (21 years). A number of years ago he successfully led the worldwide printer industry in developing an IEEE standard for the parallel printer interconnect (IEEE 1284) and then a few years later in developing IEEE security assessment standards (IEEE 2600 series) for hardcopy devices.

Mr. Wright is the President of the IEEE Standards Association (SA), a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, and a senior member of the IEEE. He was the 2015 IEEE Computer Society Vice President of Standards and a member of the Computer Society Board of Governors and Executive Committee. He was a member of the 2016 IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee. He has served as a member of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Governors for a combined 16 years and was its Treasurer for 8 years. As the SA Treasurer, he served on the IEEE Finance Committee. He has served a number of terms as the Chair of the SA Awards and Recognition Committee. He has served a number of terms as a member of the IEEE SA Standards Board, as the Chair of the Standards Board and as Chair of its Patent Committee. Mr. Wright previously served as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Microprocessor Standards Committee, which is responsible for a diverse set of standards for parallel and serial busses, programming languages, cryptography and floating point arithmetic. Mr. Wright was the 2014-2015 Chair of the IEEE’s Admission and Advancement Committee, a member of the IEEE Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee and a member the IEEE Awards Board. Mr. Wright is a member of the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society.

Mr. Wright is a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization and previously served as Chairman (2011-2016). He was one of the founders of and a past Chair of the Printer Working Group (PWG), a program of the IEEE ISTO, which develops and encourages the development of standards for the office printing industry.

Mr. Wright previously served as the Chair of the Executive Board of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) which develops American National standards. INCITS is the US TAG to ISO/IEC JTC 1. As INCITS Chair, Mr. Wright served as the US Head of Delegation for the JTC 1 Plenary. In addition, Mr. Wright was a member of the INCITS Procedures Board Committee, the US Delegation to JTC 1 Special Working Group on the Directives, the INCITS Study Group on Planning, the US Delegation to the JTC 1 Special Working Group on Planning, and the INCITS Finance Board Committee.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for six years: 2008-2013. At ANSI, he is a member of the ANSI Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, the ANSI-ISO Council, the ANSI International Policy Committee, the ANSI National Policy Committee and the ANSI Company Member’s Forum. He is also a member of the Information Technology Industry Council’s (ITI) Standardization Policy and Cybersecurity committees representing Lexmark.

As Lexmark’s Director of Worldwide Standards, Mr. Wright represented Lexmark at a number of consortia including the Worldwide Web Consortium’s Advisory Committee, the Trusted Computing Group and the UPNP Forum.

Initially, Mr. Wright held a number of engineering positions at IBM developing typewriters and typewriter accessories. After several years, first at IBM and then at Lexmark, Mr. Wright envisioned and then managed the development and commercialization of a series of highly successful local area network printer connectivity solutions. His vision of network connected printers preceded that now common connectivity means used throughout the industry. Those products supported the then popular hardware (Token Ring and Ethernet) and software (Netware, IBM/Microsoft OS/2 and Microsoft LAN Manager) platforms. Following the success of the LAN printing solutions, Mr. Wright held a series of middle management positions with increasing responsibility for Alliance Management, OEM Engineering, special products development, product planning, as well as worldwide standards management.


COMMITTEES/BOARDS: Standards Association: Board of Governors, 2016-2018, 2003-2014, 2001; Treasurer, 2007-2014; Standards Board, 2014-2016, 2010-2011, 2002-2008; Chair, 2003-2004; Past Chair, 2005-2007; NESCOM, 2011-2012, 2002; Patent Committee, 2014-2016, 2012, 2005- 2008, 2002; Chair, 2016, 2008, 2005-2006, 2002; SCC Coordinator, 2002; Procedures Committee, 2014-2016, 2010; Standards Association Awards and Recognition Committee, 2012- 2015; Chair, 2012-2015; Standards Association Nominations and Appointment Committee, 2016; Chair 2016; IEEE Finance Committee, 2007-2014; IEEE Investment Committee, 2012-2013; IEEE Awards Board, 2012-2015; IEEE-USA, Liaison from/to IEEE-SA, 2016, 2010-2013; Technical Activities Board (TAB), Liaison from IEEE-SA, 2005-2006; New Initiatives Committee (NIC), 2005- 2006; IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee, 2016; Admission and Advancement Committee 2011-2017; Chair, 2014-2015; Vice-Chair, 2011-2013; Past Chair 2016-2017; MGA Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee 2014-2015; IEEE-ISTO, Board of Directors, 2001- 2017; Board Chairman, 2011-2016; Printer Working Group (IEEE-ISTO): Chair, 1996-2001; Member, 1996-2015.

SECTIONS/CHAPTERS: Louisville KY Section, 2016; Lexington KY Section, 1979-2015, Senior Member Rodeo Coordinator, 2012-2013

SOCIETIES: Computer: Standards Activities Vice President, 2015; Board of Governors, 2015; Executive Committee, 2015; Standards Activities Board, 2014-2015, 1998-2007; Chair 2015; Vice-Chair 2014; Vitality Chair, 2000; Microprocessor Standards Committee, 1992-2016; Chair, 1998-2001; Information Assurance Standards Committee, 2004-2016.

Communications Society: Standards Development Board, 2012-2013; Vice Chair, 2012-2013

Society on Social Implications of Technology: Member

Consumer Electronics Society; Member

Technology and Engineering Management Society; Member

IEEE Standard 1284, Chair, 1992-2016; IEEE Standard 1284.1, Chair, 1994-2016; IEEE Standard 2600, Chair, 2004-2016; IEEE Standard 2600.1, Chair, 2005-2016; IEEE Standard 2600.2, Chair, 2005-2016; IEEE Standard 2600.3, Chair, 2005-2016; IEEE Standard 2600.4, Chair, 2005-2016.

AWARDS: Standards Association Standards Board Distinguished Service Award, 2006; Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award, 2003, 2004; 2004 Computer Society Golden Core Member.

Standards and other Publications
Mr. Wright is the chair, author or one of several authors of the following standards:

  • IEEE Std 2600-2008: Hardcopy Device and System Security
  • IEEE Std 2600.1-2009: IEEE Standard for a Protection Profile in IEEE Std. 2600-2008 Operational
    Environment A
  • IEEE Std 2600.2-2009: Standard Protection Profile for Hardcopy Devices in IEEE Std. 2600-2008
    Operational Environment B
  • IEEE Std 2600.3-2009: Standard Protection Profile for Hardcopy Devices in IEEE Std. 2600-2008
    Operational Environment C
  • IEEE Std 2600.4-2010: Standard Protection Profile for Hardcopy Devices in IEEE Std. 2600-2008
    Operational Environment D
  • RFC1759: Printer MIB
  • RFC2567: Design Goals for an Internet Printing Protocol
  • IEEE Std 1284-2000: High Speed Bidirectional Parallel Port (Chair and Editor)
  • IEEE Std 1284.1-1997: Transport Independent Printer System Interface (Chair)
  • PWG Candidate Standard 5102.1 “XHTML-Print” (see XHTML-Print, a W3C Recommendation)
  • PWG Candidate Standard 5102.2 “CSS Print Profile” (see CSS Print Profile, a W3C Candidate

Mr. Wright was a significant technical contributor to the following standards:

  • RFC2707: Job Monitoring MIB
  • RFC2910: Internet Printing Protocol/1.1: Encoding and Transport
  • RFC2911: Internet Printing Protocol/1.1: Model and Semantics
  • IEEE Std 1284.3-2000: Interface Protocol Extensions to IEEE Std 1284-Compliant Peripherals
    and Host Adapters
  • IEEE Std 1284.4-2000: Data Delivery and Logical Channels for IEEE Std 1284 Interfaces
  • Bluetooth Basic Printing Profile & Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile
  • UPNP Printer Device/Service

In addition, Mr. Wright participated in the development of the following standards and related projects:

  • PWG IPP Fax
  • PWG Print Services
  • W3C CSS
  • W3C Web Services Description Language
  • W3C Patent Policy
  • IPP Notifications
  • IEEE Std 1394.3-2003: Peer to Peer Data Transport

Mr. Wright has authored or co-authored several computer industry trade magazine articles and given
conference programs on:

  • The IEEE 1284 Parallel Port Standard,
  • Network printing, and
  • Network printing protocols,
  • The IEEE Standards Development Process.