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IPC announces board of directors.

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April 18, 2008 - IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries has elected 10 directors and 3 officers, including chairman, Nilesh Naik, CEO of OneSource Group, for period of April 2008 to March 2010. Rex Rozario has worked in PCB industry from its inception, while Zhou Xin has 20 years of technical and research experience in electronics manufacturing. Co-founder of SMEMA, Robert Black Jr. has nearly 35 years of senior executive management experience in circuit board and semiconductor industries.

IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries - Bannockburn, IL

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Elections For New IPC Board Take A Global Leap Forward

Press release date: April 16, 2008

BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, April 16, 2008 - IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces its newly elected Board of Directors. Ten directors and three officers, including new chairman, Nilesh Naik, CEO, OneSource Group, Dallas, Texas, were elected to IPC's Board for the period of April 2008 through March 2010. The three new members, Rex Rozario, executive chairman, Graphic Plc, Devon, United Kingdom; Zhou Xin, senior director, Advanced Technology Research & Development, Huawei Technologies, Shenzhen, China; and Robert Black Jr., president and CEO, Juki Automation Systems, Inc. Morrisville, N.C., "... are all welcome additions and will help us better address the global marketplace moving forward," said Naik. Rozario is a graduate electronics engineer and worked with the inventor of the printed circuit, Dr. Paul Eisler. He has worked in the PCB industry from its inception, 53 years ago. Active in the IPC PCB Management Council, Rozario was a founding member of the Printed Circuit Interconnection Federation (PCIF) in the United Kingdom and chairs the European Institute of Printed Circuits. Zhou has 20 years of technical and research experience in electronics manufacturing with extensive knowledge in board assembly research, board design engineering and packaging. He is also a six sigma quality trainer (green belt). Zhou has been very active in IPC's standards activities (TG Asia) in China. Black has nearly 35 years of senior executive management experience in the circuit board and semiconductor industries. He was co-founder of Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association (SMEMA) and author of the IPC/SMEMA fiducial mark and mechanical interface standards. While on SMEMA's board, he worked to merge the association with IPC and helped found the APEX® exhibition. Black chairs the IPC SMEMA Steering Committee. "Our global industry, perhaps more than any other, is dynamic. It thrives on innovation and foresight. Our Board must do the same - with a focus on the global arena," said Chairman Naik. "We must continue to be responsive to our members, across oceans and continents, and ensure that programs and services are in place around the world to support members' changing needs." A Board member since 2001, Naik has been involved in the electronic interconnection industry for the past 19 years. Other new officers include IPC Vice Chairman Bob Ferguson, president, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Shanghai, China; and Secretary/Treasurer Steve Pudles, president and CEO, OnCore Manufacturing Services, Springfield, Mass. Previous Board members elected to serve another two-year term include Peter Bigelow, president, IMI, Inc.; Mike Carano, vice president, marketing and strategic development, OMG Electronic Chemicals, Maple Plain, Minn.; Mike Brown, CEO, Micro Dynamics, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Joe O'Neil, president, Hunter Technology Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif.; Don Schroeder, president, CTS Electronics Manufacturing Solutions, Moorpark, Calif.; Alan Wong, president and CEO, Aavid Thermalloy LLC., Concord, N.H.; and Paul Langston, CEO, Coretec, Inc., Scarborough, ON, Canada. About IPC IPC ( is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics interconnect industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.5 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai, China.


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