PISCATAWAY, N.J., 22 FEBRUARY 2001 – Three high-technology industry executives were recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). James R. Williamson of Sony Electronics, Don Wright of Lexmark International, and Gerald T. Lane of IBM, will each serve two-year terms on the Board. Their appointment, which commenced 1 January 2001, was formalized by a vote of the IEEE Board of Directors.

The recent appointments bring the number of IEEE-ISTO Directors to seven. Other members of the IEEE-ISTO Board are:

  • George W. Arnold, Vice President, Standards & Intellectual Property, Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories
  • Marco W. Migliaro, P.E., Chief Electrical/I&C Engineer, Nuclear Division, Florida Power & Light Company
  • Edward M. Roney, Corporate Vice President and Director of Standards and Technology Transfer, Motorola, Inc.
  • Andrew Salem, President and CEO, IEEE-ISTO

Migliaro will serve as the Chair of the IEEE-ISTO Board of Directors in 2001.

Each of the three new IEEE-ISTO Directors has extensive experience in the development of standards or in research and development in his industry:

  • James R. Williamson is Director of the Technology Standards Office for Sony Electronics, Inc. Williamson has worked in the Electronics Industry for 22 years, and in that time developed technical expertise in the fields of networking, telecom, personal computer storage devices, and video. He has been an IEEE member since 1982.
  • Don Wright is Director of Alliances and Standards for Lexmark International. In that position, Wright is responsible for technical alliances and standards for network and business printers. Wright is a long-time participant in printer standards, and currently is the Chair of the Printer Working Group (a program of the IEEE-ISTO) and IEEE’s Microprocessor Standards Committee. He has been a member of IEEE for 25 years.
  • Gerald T. Lane is the IBM Program Director of Standards Practices. His duties include development of corporate standards plans, strategies, goals, and policies, including setting the direction of relations with standards organizations. Lane has worked in the Information Technology industry for over 30 years, and in that time worked extensively in all phases of operating system development and most recently in support of IBM’s efforts to protect Intellectual Property.

The IEEE-ISTO Board of Directors manages the business and affairs of the IEEE-ISTO. This includes approving Participant Group applications and agreements, providing financial oversight, serving as industry representatives to promote the use of the IEEE-ISTO by organizations in their industry, and approving the IEEE-ISTO’s output and products.

Formed in January 1999, the IEEE-ISTO is a not-for-profit corporation offering standards-related industry groups an innovative and flexible operational forum and support. The IEEE-ISTO provides a forum not only to develop standards, but also to facilitate activities that support the implementation and acceptance of standards in the marketplace. The organization is affiliated with the IEEE (http://www.ieee.org/) and the IEEE Standards Association (http://standards.ieee.org/). Currently there are seven initiatives organized as programs of the IEEE-ISTO:

  • Broadband Wireless Internet Forum
  • Medical Device Communications Industry Group
  • MessageML Forum
  • Nexus 5001 Forum
  • Printer Working Group
  • 1355 Association
  • VoiceXML Forum

For additional information regarding the IEEE-ISTO and its industry programs visit ieee-isto.org, or contact Peter Lefkin, Chief Operating Officer, at 732-981-3434 or .