John OsborneChairman of the Board
John E. Osborne II
Vice President of IoT Sales and Marketing

John Osborne is currently Vice President of IoT, sales and Marketing at LEEDASRON and Chairman of the Board of The zigbee alliance. In these capacities he helps educate and grow the IoT market globally. LEEDARSON is a global provider in lighting and sensors. The zigbee alliance is the premier Internet of Things (IoT) standards development organization since 2002.

John has extensive experience in new product development, rapid product commercialization, systems innovations, and operations improvement. He has demonstrated ability to manage and inspire multi-cultural, internal-external teams. He is a skilled communicator and presenter and has a sound background in budgeting, resource allocation and operations efficiency.

Vice Chairman of the Board
ean-Pierre Desbenoit
ICT Standardization and Industry Relations Director
Schneider Electric

Jean-Pierre Desbenoit is currently in the Industry and Government Affairs team of Schneider Electric, in charge of ICT standardization and Industry Relations. He is involved in several standard organizations and industry alliances working in the IoT space (AIOTI, ETSI, IEC, IIC, zigbee alliance…etc). He is member of the Strategic Committee Digital Information and Communication of AFNOR, Board member of AIOTI and zigbee alliance, and Vice Chairman of zigbee alliance since Feb 2016.

Previously he leaded the Electronic and Software Research of Schneider Electric and was then in charge of communication technologies in the Innovation department. He is recognized as Group Senior Expert since 2008.

Before joining Schneider Electric in 2002, Jean-Pierre spent 21 years in the Telecommunication field in various R&D positions.

Jean-Pierre holds a Master’s degree in computer science from the High National School of Telecommunication of Paris, France.

Hans DolleeVice Chairman of the Board
Senior Director, Technology Partnerships
NXP Semiconductors

Hans has been with Philips/NXP Semiconductors since 1986, in various roles across several countries. Hans started in the Systems and Concepts Lab of Philips Semiconductors on RF tuner innovation and moved in 1990 to Japan/Tokyo to become the Regional Application Lab Manager for Asia. After the Asia exposure, he moved in 1994 to Germany/Hamburg for high-end TV Products followed by a move to Ireland/Dublin to take the leadership position in the Silicon Division of Silicon & Software Systems. Hans returned to the Netherlands in 1998 for a position in Philips Components as General Manager of the BU Thin Film Components and in 2001 returned to Philips Semiconductors in different CTO staff functions.

Currently Hans is responsible for Technology Partnerships in NXP, covering Standardization, University Relations, R&D Partnerships and the Technology Expert Network.Hans holds a MSc degree in Telecommunications from the University of Delft, Netherlands.

Musa UnmehopaVice Chairman of the Board
Musa Unmehopa
Senior Director, Intellectual Property and Standards
Philips Lighting

Musa is Senior Director of Standards & Regulations at Philips Lighting, where he leads the program for Wireless Applications and Data. His experience in technology and innovation spans 20+ years, and covers Mobile Communications, Internet, IT, and Lighting. Prior to joining Philips Lighting, Musa held positions with Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent, and served in senior leadership roles in various standards bodies, trade organizations and industry consortia.

Musa received a BSc and MSc degree in Computer Science from Twente University and MBA degrees from TIAS Business School and University of Bradford School of Management.

Bruno VulcanoVice Chairman of the Board
Bruno Vulcano
Electronic & Software Radio – VDI Department Manager
Legrand Group

Bruno joined Legrand as a RF engineer in 1997. Since 2005 he leads the Electronic and Software department of the Legrand Group’s Radio Frequency & Voice, Data and Image competencies center. Previously, Bruno spent 10 years in the wired and RF telecommunication field in various R&D positions as electronic designer or project leaders.

Bruno holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Embedded System from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.

Tobin Richardsonzigbee alliance President and CEO
Tobin J.M. Richardson

Tobin was appointed Chairman and CEO of the zigbee alliance in February, 2013 to lead the alliance’s efforts to develop and promote world-leading device-to-device wireless sensor and control networking standards. In this role he works closely with the alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and implement programs designed to advance the adoption of zigbee standards.Prior to this role, Tobin served as the Director for Smart Energy, where he was focused on driving adoption of zigbee in key smart energy markets. Tobin has nearly two decades experience in leadership and strategy roles for technology firms and organizations.

In 2008, he directed PG&E’s smart meter upgrade RFP, following three years with the California utility executing the company’s transformation process. Prior to PG&E, Tobin directed and led business development and stakeholder management for a broad spectrum of technology and large-scale companies, including Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), CenterBeam, Pandesic, numerous U.S. federal agencies and Georgetown University. His projects have involved turnarounds of key business units and organizations, driving inter-agency initiatives for the U.S. Customs Service and other federal agencies and leading new business development and strategic partnerships for technology firms based in Silicon Valley. Tobin has built his significant experience in cutting edge licensing, pricing and marketing initiatives with the world’s leading technology firms such as with CenterBeam and Microsoft where he helped pioneer the first implementation of software as a service pricing and technology exchanges.

Tobin serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB’s Energy Usage Information Standard Committee, NEMA’s Smart Grid Task Force and the CEA’s Smart Grid Working Group. Tobin holds a master’s from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis.

Jean-Michel Orsat
Somfy Group

Jean-Michel Orsat has over 25 years experience in home automation business, industry alliances and EU regulators. His department is responsible for managing transaction processing software, focused on wireless protocols, open standards-based solutions such as the io-homecontrol, Thread and other Somfy Group involved.

He also served as Director of Standards and Technology connectivity solutions ICT, responsible for technical cooperation and wireless networking technology. Jean-Michel Orsat graduate of the prestigious French National School of Art (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), and Bachelor of Engineering.

Michael Koster
SmartThings, Inc.

Michael J. Koster brings 30 years of experience in system architecture design for the zigbee alliance. He designed systems for a variety of hardware and software, from an embedded signal processor to the data center to the Internet system. He has more than 10 patents in the coherency protocol of distributed systems and related technologies.

Michael current research focus is to provide application-layer semantic interoperability of devices connected to the Internet scale. His work as Samsung / SmartThings principal research engineer involves many organizations, including the IETF, OCF, W3C, IPSO, OMA and other industry associations.

Board Members:

Board_Ashton_Skip Skip Ashton
Vice President of Software
Silicon Labs

Skip is the Vice President of Software at Silicon Labs. He is responsible for managing the company’s software and quality assurance teams, focusing on 8-bit and 32-bit MCU driver software and libraries, Ember zigbee software and software for short-range sub-GHz wireless IC products. Previously, Skip was the Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Ember before its acquisition by Silicon Labs in 2012. Prior to Silicon Labs and Ember, Skip held a variety of program management and engineering management roles focusing on high-quality product development. Skip has been involved with zigbee technology since 2004 and is a member of the zigbee Board of Directors, the Chair of the zigbee Technical Committee, and the Chair of the zigbee Test and Certification Committee. Skip is on the Board of Directors of the Connected Lighting alliance. Previously he was a member of the Smart Grid Architecture Committee with NIST for development of Smart Grid standards. Skip has been heavily involved in the development of the zigbee PRO stack, zigbee Home Automation profile, and the zigbee Smart Energy 1.0 and 2.0 profiles.

Skip graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and spent five years in the US Navy Nuclear Program.

Joe Ballif
Sr. Product Manager
Itron, Inc.

Provides the strategic direction of zigbee smart energy Home Area Network (HAN) capabilities on Itron North American and International smart electricity meters.

Collaborates closely with developers, standards bodies, partners and customers to expand and implement new smart meter capabilities to solve utility, residential and commercial customer problems.

Brett Bonner
Vice President R&D
The Kroger Co.

Brett leads a team focused on creating sustainable competitive advantage by inventing advanced technologies and developing projects for retail and logistics that individually have at least a $50 million contribution.

Before joining Kroger in 2006, he served 25 years at Federal Express in various positions Technical Fellow, Managing Director of Scanning Technologies, and VP of FedEx Internet Technologies. During his time at FedEx, he invented and developed many diverse systems and his profit contribution for such systems exceeds $600 million per year.

Brett serves on the zigbee alliance Board of Directors and the TechPoint Advisory Board. His FAST Alerts system won a 2015 CIO 100 award and ranked #3 in InfoWorld Elite 100 for QueVision for 2014. He is honored to be a 2013 Franz Edelman Laureate for Achievement in Management Science and a 2010 Planet Retail Innovator of the Year. He is honored to have received many awards from Federal Express during his time there. Additionally, Brett is a named inventor on 23 US patents from Federal Express and Kroger.

David Randolph Hoelscher
Chief Marketing Director of Huawei Networking Platform

Dave Hoelscher is Huawei’s Marketing Director of IoT Solutions, based at the Huawei HQ in Shenzhen, China. He has been in the ICT business for more than 17 years, and has focused on radio access and core networks optimized for data and IoT applications.

Prior to joining Huawei for IoT, Dave has extensive experience with Qualcomm, Ericsson, and OnRamp Wireless working on network product and solution development such as CDMA2000, LTE, eMBMS, LPWA (802.15.4k).  eMBMS and LPWA in particular are focused towards IoT connectivity.  Dave has worked on product development for smart metering, smart grid, and smart city, particularly with focus on distributed, low power sensor networks.

Dave holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Chinese Language, Master Degree in Computer Communications from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from San Diego State University.

UnknownBill Lichtensteiger

Bill Lichtensteiger is Director of Communication Technology at Landis+Gyr Group HQ in Zug, Switzerland. In this role he globally coordinates the development of Communication Technologies within the group. A seasoned and experienced professional, Mr. Lichtensteiger has over 30 years of experience in engineering and business development, managing product management as well as research and development teams, developing hi-tech business and delivering advanced communication technology products and solutions to discerning customers.

Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Mr. Lichtensteiger spent nine years in the mobile communications industry in product management, product development and programme management with Ericsson and Sony Ericsson. Most recently Mr. Lichtensteiger headed the research and development of the Ascom AR&T division. Mr. Lichtensteiger is a British-Swiss dual national and holds a BSc. In Electronic Engineering from the University of Birmingham UK and a Diploma in Marketing from the University of Bournemouth UK.

Joe Rodolico

Joe Rodolico is currently involved in the development and delivery of ZigBee based devices for Comcast’s Xfinity Home division.  Joe’s accomplishments at Comcast include spearheading the development of energy-efficient ZigBee networked sensors, and researching and sandboxing next generation home security and home automation solutions.  Additionally, he has provided Bluetooth and Wi-Fi expertise for Comcast’s cable set top boxes.

Previously, he participated in ATSC, ATIS, CEA, and SCTE standards organizations for former employers. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science
degree in Electronic Physics at LaSalle College and has been granted patents in RF and low power communication devices, with one patent application pending.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-9-13-39-amRoberto Sandre
Low Power Connectivity
Texas Instruments

Roberto Sandre is a Worldwide Applications Engineering and Product Manager at Texas Instruments. He has a proven track record of launching devices in multiple market categories, from feature phones, smart phones, tablets, remote controllers, gateways and home automation devices. Mr. Sandre has nearly two decades experience in embedded software and systems, including 13 at Texas Instruments. He holds an M. Sc. in EE, with major on Telecommunications, and an MBA, majoring Finance and Accounting.

Mr. Sandre joined the Board of Directors of the zigbee alliance in 2016.

Ethan Xue
Xue Guodong, PhD
Director of Product Strategy and Operating,
Midea Smart Home Research Institute

Ethan leads a team responsible for Midea smart home product, strategy and technology planning, standardization, partner cooperation, products and users operation.

Juston ZhuJuston Zhu
Vice President, IoT Business

Juston Zhu is vice president of Wulian Co., Ltd. Currently Juston leads marketing as well as a number of engineering departments in Wulian, He is also in charge of oversea sales and strategic account development. Juston started his career as hardware engineer in Sony, he spent over 12 years in Tokyo before moving to China in 2014. Prior to joining Wulian, Juston held several positions in NVIDIA for more than 8 years where he played leadership roles in several the world’s first projects and was responsible for creating a regional team. His experience covers both business and engineering in home automation and cloud service, mobile computing, various consumer electronics as well as embedded systems.

Juston holds BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Fudan University, China.


The zigbee alliance is the foundation and future of the IoT. Established in 2002, our wide-ranging global membership collaborates to create and evolve universal open standards for the products transforming the way we live, work, and play. With our members’ deep and diverse expertise, robust certification programs, and a full suite of open IoT solutions, we are leading the movement toward a more intuitive, imaginative, and useful world.