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New Leadership at IEEE-ISTO and INCITS

New York, Apr 11, 2003

The IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO) welcomes a new leadership team as Marco Migliaro assumes a new role as president and CEO. Gerald T. Lane of IBM also joins as chairman of the board. The appointments complete a succession plan following last year's retirement of ISTO's founding president and CEO, Andrew Salem.

Migliaro comes to ISTO from Florida Power & Light, where he served as chief electrical/I&C engineer for the company's nuclear division. He is a fellow member of the IEEE, was president of the IEEE Standards Association in 2001, has served on the IEEE board of directors, and was previously ISTO's chairman since 2001. Migliaro has been repeatedly recognized by the IEEE for his contributions to the development of standards. He has authored more than 40 published technical papers and articles and has developed of a number of training programs in the field of electric power.

"I look forward to the continued success of the IEEE-ISTO," says Migliaro. "The ISTO is uniquely positioned to serve industry consortia. In the short time since it's founding, it has demonstrated its role as a leader in the support of consortia-developed specifications and post-development activities such as marketing, certification, and interoperability testing."

Gerald T. Lane, director of corporate standards practices at IBM, assumes the post of ISTO chairman of the board. As chairman, Lane will guide the ISTO's Board in managing the business and affairs of the not-for-profit corporation.

"There is a surge in the number of standards development activities being conducted outside of the traditional standards development organizations," says Lane. "Many of these special interest groups and consortia have the objective of creating information technology or communications related standards which permit interoperability and interconnection, while doing so on tremendously expedited schedules to meet marketplace demand. The ISTO has developed the capability to completely support the needs of these standards developing activities."

The IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization is a global, not-for-profit corporation designed to provide an innovative legal umbrella for consortia, and a flexible array of program management support. The ISTO is affiliated with the IEEE and the IEEE Standards Association. For additional information regarding the IEEE-ISTO and its industry programs call 1-732-465-5856, visit, or e-mail

INCITS Elects HP's Karen Higginbottom as Chair for Second Term

American National Standards Institute member and accredited standards developer the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) has designated Karen Higginbottom of Hewlett Packard as chair. Ms. Higginbottom was elected by the 26 INCITS executive board members who represent industry, government and academia. She serves as the director of standards initiatives in the chief technology office of HP's computing systems organization, and is also a member of the ANSI International Policy Committee (IPC).

This will be Ms. Higginbottom's second term as chair of INCITS, as she leads the organzation in its new structure and operation. INCITS recently announced a strengthened link to the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC). [See related story: INCITS Enters 2003 as New Organization] The group’s growing membership includes both industry-leading technology companies and other principal standards developing organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), and the Uniform Code Council (UCC).

"INCITS is the industry venue for developing technical standards and standardization policy," Higginbottom noted. "Our aim is to work cooperatively with other standards groups in the international community for the benefit of both technology producers and users."

Since 1994, Higginbottom has managed HP's involvement in standards and consortia, where she has been active since 1987. Prior to joining HP, she led the Standards and Consortia team at Apple Computer.

INCITS is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. As such, INCITS also serves as the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for International standardization in the field of information technology. INCITS is accredited by ANSI and operates under its rules, designed to ensure that voluntary standards are developed by the consensus of directly and materially affected interests.

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