Chairman of the Board
John E. Osborne II
Vice President of IoT Sales and Marketing
John Osborne is currently vice president of Internet of Things (IoT), sales and marketing at LEEDARSON, and chairman of the board for 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 has been the premier 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 the ability to manage and inspire multi-cultural, international-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
Vice President of Software
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 also 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.
Jean-Pierre Desbenoit is currently on the Industry and Government Affairs team of Schneider Electric, and is in charge of ICT standardization and industry relations. He is involved in several standards organizations and industry alliances working in the IoT space (AIOTI, ETSI, IEC, IIC, Zigbee Alliance, etc). He is a member of the Strategic Committee Digital Information and Communication of AFNOR, board member of AIOTI and Zigbee Alliance, and has been the vice chairman of Zigbee Alliance since February 2016.
Previously he led electronic and software research at Schneider Electric, and was then in charge of communication technologies in the Innovation Department. He has been 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.
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 professional, Mr. Lichtensteiger has over 30 years of experience in engineering and business development, developing hi-tech business, supervising product management as well as research development teams, 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 program 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.
Bruno joined Legrand as an RF engineer in 1997. Since 2016, Bruno is the R&D manager for the Legrand Group RF Skills Center and for the Digital Network devices for the Legrand Digital Infrastructure Business Unit. Previously Bruno spent 11 years as the manager of the Electronic and Software Department of the Legrand Group’s Radio Frequency & Voice, Data and Image Competencies Center and 10 years in the wired and RF telecommunication field in various R&D positions as electronic designer or project leader.
Bruno holds a master’s degree in electronic embedded systems from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France.
Vice Chairman of the Board
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 at Wulian, and is also in charge of overseas sales and strategic account development. Juston started his career as hardware engineer at Sony, and spent over 12 years in Tokyo before moving to China in 2014.
Prior to joining Wulian, Juston held several leadership positions at NVIDIA for more than eight years. His experience covers both business and engineering in home automation and cloud service, mobile computing, various consumer electronics, and embedded systems.Juston holds BSc. degree in electrical engineering from Fudan University, China.
Zigbee Alliance President and CEO
Tobin J.M. Richardson
Tobin Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, leading the Alliance’s efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. Tobin works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and to advance the adoption of Alliance standards around the globe, including Zigbee, Dotdot, Smart Energy and several other IoT standards essential to interoperability for consumers in smart homes, smart buildings, and smart cities. Tobin has more than two decades of experience in guiding technology, product and organizational strategy and development, from Fortune 500 to large government bodies focused on transformational change.
Jean-Michel Orsat has more than 25 years of experience in the home automation business, and involvement with industry alliances and EU regulation bodies. He serves as chief technology officer for ICT Standards & Connectivity Solutions at Somfy, and oversees technical cooperation and wireless networking technology initiatives. His department is responsible for managing transaction processing software, focused on wireless protocols and open standards-based solutions such as Homecontrol and Thread.
Jean-Michel is a graduate of the prestigious French National School of Art (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree.
Sr. Product Manager
Joe Ballif provides the strategic direction of Zigbee smart energy Home Area Network (HAN) capabilities on Itron North American and international smart electricity meters. He 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.
Joe has a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
At Kroger, 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, including 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 pleased 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.
Vice Chairman of the Board
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 had 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 on 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’s degrees in electrical engineering and Chinese language, a master’s degree in computer communications from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from San Diego State University.
Michael J. Koster brings 30 years of experience in system architecture design to 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’s 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.
Maurice Maes is Head of Standards & Regulations in Signify since 2015, overseeing all standardization and regulatory activities for the company. After graduating in Mathematics from the Nijmegen University, Maurice joined Philips Research in 1987. He obtained his PhD from the Amsterdam University through a thesis on Mathematical Methods for Reflector Design in 1997.
Maurice has over 20 years of experience in standardization, having served on boards of industry alliances such as the Blu-ray Disc Association, the Zigbee Alliance and LightingEurope.
Daniel Moneta is one of the founders of MMB Networks, an IoT-enablement company working with with leading and innovative brands to solve their connectivity challenges, and rapidly bring connected products and services to market. Daniel leads marketing for MMB’s family of Zigbee modules and gateways, RapidConnect interoperability software, and integration services.
MMB and its core team have been working with Zigbee technologies for over ten years, and as Alliance members, have been heavily involved in the development of Smart Energy, Zigbee Home Automation & 3.0, and Dotdot. Daniel serves as Marketing Work Group Chair of the Zigbee Alliance, working with members, the board, and Alliance executives and staff to promote the Alliance’s interoperability technologies to the IoT industry.
Prior to MMB, Daniel led marketing at one of the first wireless energy management platforms using Zigbee in the commercial space. At MMB, Daniel has worked with customers across the Smart Energy, connected home, and commercial markets.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. With more than 15 years of experience enabling (not to mention installing, using, fighting with, enjoying, recommending, showing off, and being an avid consumer of) connected products, Daniel is a thought leader, a frequent speaker at industry events, and an advocate for the innovators and users on the IoT.
Sujata Neidig has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. Sujata is currently the Director of Product Marketing for NXP’s Kinetis 32-bit ARM(r) Cortex(r)-M and wireless connectivity microcontrollers (MCUs). In addition to being a member of the Zigbee Alliance board, she is also on the Thread Group board where she has the role of VP of Marketing and the Marketing Committee chair. Sujata earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
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 in electronic physics at LaSalle College and has been granted patents in RF and low-power communication devices, with one patent application pending.
Ben Gilboa is a marketing product manager for low power RF product line in TI’s connected MCU business covering products for Sub-1 GHz, Zigbee and multi-standard technologies. During his 12 years in wireless connectivity at TI, Gilboa has held numerous technical roles as manager and individual contributor in marketing, applications and R&D. Gilboa has a master’s of business administration and finance from Tel Aviv University where he also received a bachelor’s in electrical engineer
|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.|