Leadership Selected for ODVA’s 19th Term  

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA— April 24, 2017— ODVA, one of the world’s leading standards development and trade organizations for information and communication technologies used in industrial automation, convened its 2017 Industry Conference & 18th Annual Meeting from Tuesday, February 21 through Thursday, February 23, 2017 in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA.  The multi-day event included presentations of numerous technical papers on the latest developments in ODVA information and communication technology and standards, working meetings, and annual meetings of ODVA’s Board and Membership General Assembly. The event culminated on Thursday with keynote presentations by the chairperson of the Fieldbus Working Group 2.6 for NAMUR (www.namur.net) and by the chief research scientist and managing director for Accenture Labs (www.accenture.com).

In conjunction with its 19th term, which officially began at the conclusion of the 18th Annual Meeting of Members on February 23, 2017, ODVA has appointed the following individuals to its leadership team.  The leadership of the organization collectively defines and executes its strategic plan, oversees development and publication of its technology and specifications, and is responsible for overall governance of the organization.  ODVA’s Board of Directors has overall responsibility for strategic planning and governance and is composed of senior executives from the many of the world’s major suppliers of industrial automation devices and systems:

  • Dr. Rolf Birkhofer, managing director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG for Endress+Hauser

  • Dr. Thomas Bürger, vice president of engineering automation systems for Bosch Rexroth

  • Mr. Michael Höing, executive vice-president of cross-divisional functions for Weidmüller Interface

  • Mr. Fabrice Jadot, senior vice-president of innovation and technology and CTO for Schneider Electric

  • Mr. David Lagerstrom, president and CEO of Turck, Inc. for Hans Turck Company

  • Mr. Samuel Pasquier, director of product management for IOT connectivity portfolio for Cisco Systems

  • Mr. Masaru Takeuchi, general manager of the intelligent system research center for Omron

  • Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer, vice-president of common architecture and technology for Rockwell Automation 

In the 19th term, ODVA's corporate officers are:

  • Mr. Joakim Wiberg, chief technology officer,

  • Mr. Christopher Lynch, corporate secretary, and

  • Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer, treasurer.

As ODVA’s president and executive director, Katherine Voss is ODVA’s chief executive with the responsibility for general management and day-to-day operation of ODVA, which is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA with additional operations in China, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Ms. Voss is a member of ODVA’s professional staff and prior to joining ODVA worked as an executive and entrepreneur in the industrial automation industry.  

ODVA’s Technical Review Board (TRB) oversees the development of technology and standards for the organization including approval of technology enhancements for inclusion in the ODVA specifications which encompass the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP™” and its network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, CompoNet™ and ControlNet™. In its 19th term, ODVA’s representatives to its TRB are Mr. Daniel Amirsadeghi of Molex, Mr. Rudy Belliardi of Schneider Electric, Mr. Mirko Brcic of Endress+Hauser, Mr. Paul Didier of Cisco Systems, Dr. Ludwig Leurs of Bosch Rexroth, Mr. Shinji Murayama of Omron, Mr. Dave VanGompel of Rockwell Automation, and Mr. Joakim Wiberg of HMS Industrial Networks.     

“With thought leadership from more than 300 corporate members, ODVA is one of the world’s leading international standards development and trade organizations aimed at the advancement and promotion of open, interoperable information and communication technologies for industrial automation,” said Katherine Voss, ODVA president and executive director.  “In the 19th term, ODVA’s leadership will continue to work to shape the future of industrial automation through enhancements to ODVA’s technology portfolio and alignment of ODVA’s activities with industry megatrends like the Industrial Internet of Things.”  

About ODVA
Founded in 1995, ODVA is an international standards development and trade organization whose members comprise the world’s leading automation companies. ODVA’s mission is to advance open, interoperable information and communication technologies in industrial automation. ODVA recognizes its media independent network protocol, the Common Industrial Protocol or “CIP” – and the network adaptations of CIP – EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet – as its core technology and the primary common interest of its membership. ODVA’s vision is to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of the global community by transforming the model for information and communication technology in the industrial ecosystem. For future interoperability of production systems and the integration of the production systems with other systems, ODVA embraces the adoption of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and standard, unmodified Internet and Ethernet technologies as a guiding principle wherever possible. This principle is exemplified by EtherNet/IP – the world’s number one industrial Ethernet network. 

For more information, contact: 

John Jackson

Adrienne Meyer
+1 734.975.8840

CIP, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, ControlNet, and CompoNet are trademarks of ODVA.