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Connectivity Standards Alliance appoints new chair

March 28, 2023  By  SP&T Staff

The Connectivity Standards Alliance, an organization focused on maintaining and delivering open global standards for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that Musa Unmehopa from Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), is the new chair of the board of directors, succeeding Bruno Vulcano from Legrand, who will become the Alliance chair emeritus.

The changeover occurred at the Alliance’s 69th member meeting held last week in Seoul, South Korea.

“During Bruno’s three-year term as chair, the Alliance experienced phenomenal member growth throughout the world, expanded the impact of Zigbee technology and introduced Matter and its certification program,” said Tobin Richardson, president and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, in a statement. “As an industry leading organization setting standards for the IoT, our member volunteers are the key to the advancement of our collective goals, and I want to thank Bruno for his principled leadership, commitment and dedication.”

Unmehopa, who is the head of wireless standards and regulations at Signify, has been engaged with the Alliance for more than 10 years and has held previous Alliance roles including treasurer, chair of the Testing and Certification Oversight Committee, and board director. His other industry board participation has included the Open Mobile Alliance, Zhaga Consortium, The Connected Lighting Alliance, Emerge Alliance and the Parlay Group.


In addition to Unmehopa as chair and Vulcano as chair emeritus, the other board officers of the Alliance were also seated at the close of the Seoul Member Meeting, including Kevin Kraus from ASSA ABLOY as vice-chair, Jean Michel Orsat from Somfy as treasurer, and Chris Daniels from The Kroger Company as secretary.


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