About ODVA

About ODVA

Founded in 1995, ODVA is a global association 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. 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.  

Legal Structure

ODVA is a trade and standards development organization consisting of member companies. No person or entity owns ODVA. ODVA directs its activities to promote the common interest of its members and not for the benefit of any particular member and, moreover, is required to do so by law because it is recognized by the United States Department of Treasury as a 501(c)6 business league. To qualify for membership, a company must manufacture, or exhibit well-documented plans to manufacture, hardware and/or software products that integrate technologies of ODVA or are designed to enhance the implementation, operation and/or support of hardware and/or software products that integrate technologies of ODVA in a multi-vendor systems environment. 

Because ODVA’s members are competitors, ODVA takes measures to ensure that its activities are carried out in a manner that complies with antitrust and competition laws as they pertain to trade and standards development organizations. ODVA can provide this legal framework because governments around the world have recognized standards development as a pro-competitive activity that benefits industry overall. To ensure that the intellectual property created through the collaboration of its members remains pro-competitive, ODVA strives to produce technical specifications that are vendor-neutral, open, and vibrant, while at the same time recognizing and protecting the legitimate intellectual property rights of its Members. 

Leadership

Board of Directors

Dr. Rolf Birkhofer
Managing Director, Endress+Hauser Process Solutions
Endress+Hauser Process Solutions
Reinach, Switzerland

Satoshi Kojima
General Manager, Network Product Management Group, Controller Div.
OMRON Corporation
Kyoto, Japan

David Lagerstrom
President and CEO, Turck USA
Turck, Inc.
Plymouth, Minnesota, USA

Raja Ramana Macha
Senior Vice President for Innovation & Technology and CTO, Industrial Automation
Schneider Electric
Orange County, California, USA

Samuel Pasquier
Director of Product Management for IOT Connectivity
Cisco Systems
San Jose, California, USA

Thomas Petersen
Senior Director of Fieldbus & System Integration
Danfoss Drives A/S
Graasten, Denmark

Brian Reynolds
Senior Director of Engineering, Projects & Automation Solutions
Honeywell
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer
Vice President, Common Architecture & Technology
Rockwell Automation
Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA

Officers

Dr. Al Beydoun, President and Executive Director
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Joakim Wiberg, Chief Technology Officer
Halmstad, Sweden 

Adrienne Meyer, Vice President of Operations and Membership
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Christopher Lynch, Secretary
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Dr. Jürgen Weinhofer, Treasurer
Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA

Technical Review Board 

Joakim Wiberg, Chair
HMS Industrial Networks
Halmstad, Sweden 

Raj Bandekar
Honeywell
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA

Rudy Belliardi
Schneider Electric
North Andover, Massachusetts, USA

Mirko Brcic
Endress+Hauser
Reinach, Switzerland

Paul Didier
Cisco Systems
San Jose, California, USA

Greg Majcher
Rockwell Automation
Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA

Shinji Murayama
OMRON Corporation
Kusatsu City, Japan 

Roxana Sudrijan
Molex
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada