Wi-Fi Alliance Appoints New Head Chairman
Austin, TX, Aug. 8, 2005 - The Wi-Fi Alliance today announced it has elected Clint Chaplin, of Symbol Technologies, as its new Chairman. Chaplin previously served as the organization's Technical Chair and has been a board member since 2003. His appointment follows outgoing Chairman Bill Carney.
"I am honored to have been selected as chairman of the Wi-Fi Alliance," said Chaplin. "During my tenure with the organization, I have had the unique opportunity to participate in significant technology developments, and I look forward to leading the organization to even greater success ahead. As the global Wireless LAN market continues to grow, I am eager to expand the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ brand and broaden our reach to new and emerging markets."
"As the Wi-Fi Alliance continues to mature and enhance the consumer experience, Clint Chaplin will be vital in shaping the organization's long-term strategy moving forward," said Frank Hanzlik, Managing Director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "Clint brings expert knowledge and valuable industry perspective to the Alliance's vision. I have no doubt that he will provide the drive and leadership to maintain the group's momentum and further the Alliance's position in the wireless industry."
Chaplin is currently the standards team-lead and wireless security advisory at Symbol Technologies, Inc., and has more than 25 years of engineering experience in computer technology. He also serves as Chair of the IEEE 802.11r task group. Chaplin earned a bachelors of science in electronic engineering, a masters of science in computer science and a masters of engineering with a concentration in high-speed digital communications from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
About the Wi-Fi Alliance
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more than 200 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for mobile wireless devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance's testing and certification programs ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the IEEE 802.11 specification. Since the introduction of the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification program in March 2000, more than 2,000 products have been designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services across the consumer and enterprise markets. For more information, please visit www.wi-fi.org.