April 22 2008 - The Fieldbus Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Graeme Philp has been elected as Chairman to its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC). Dr. Philp is Chief Executive of the MTL Instruments Group plc, based in Luton, UK, and has been a member of the EMEA EAC since its inauguration in February 2005. Elections took place at the annual meeting held during the recent Interkama 2008 international trade fair in Hannover, Germany.
HANNOVER, Germany, April 22, 2008 - The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the INTERKAMA+ 2008 Trade Fair in Hannover, Germany, today announced that Dr. Graeme Philp, Chief Executive of the MTL Instruments Group plc, has been elected as Chairman, and Dr. Raimund Sommer, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, as Vice-Chairman, to its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for the next annual term of office.
The elections took place at the council's meeting held during the Fieldbus Foundation's General Assembly held in February 2008 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The council also welcomed David Dunbar to the EMEA EAC who will take over from Jim Nyquist. Mr. Dunbar, European President for Emerson Process Management, takes over a role previously held by Mr. Nyquist who has been promoted to the position of President of global sales for Emerson Process Management. The council extended its thanks to Mr. Nyquist for his valuable contribution to the EMEA EAC since its inauguration in February 2005.
The EMEA EAC members include: Dr. Graeme Philp, MTL Instruments, Dr. Raimund Sommer, Endress+Hauser, Dr. Gunther Kegel, Pepperl+Fuchs, Jürgen Fuchs, ABB; David Dunbar, Emerson Process Management; Dr. Georg Schneider, Hirschmann; Christopher Dartnell, Honeywell; Alain Ginguene, Invensys; Mike O'Neill, Moore Industries; Mick Grange, Rockwell Automation; Dr. Peter Völker, R. Stahl; Dr. Wolfgang Trier, Softing; and Harry Hauptmeijer, Yokogawa.
Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, welcomed Dr. Philp and Dr. Sommer to their new roles. "I'm looking forward to working closely with them over the forthcoming year as we progress with several Foundation technology initiatives throughout the EMEA region." He continued, "Both gentlemen have been directly involved with Foundation technology for several years and offer valuable expertise across a broad spectrum of application considerations within today's marketplace."
The Fieldbus Foundation EMEA EAC, a committee of senior executives from EMEA's leading control and instrumentation companies, was established in February 2005 in response to growing demand for Foundation fieldbus in the EMEA industrial market. The advisory council is dedicated to promoting the adoption of Foundation technology by automation equipment suppliers and end users and it ensures the funding and availability of human resources to support local fieldbus marketing activities across the EMEA region. Implementation of the EAC's directives and the development of regional marketing initiatives are undertaken by the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee together with local marketing groups.
Dr. Philp has over 30 years of process control experience starting as a student apprentice in 1976 with the UK process control company, Kent Instruments Ltd. He graduated from the University of Wales with an honours degree in electronics in 1980 and gained a PhD for research into optical sensors for process control at UMIST, Manchester, UK, in 1984. He joined the design & development department of Kent's Industrial Instruments division where he became Technical Director, and then Business Unit Director when ABB Kent-Taylor was formed. In July 1991 he joined Measurement Technology Ltd. (MTL) as Group Technical and Marketing Director with responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies for new products, marketing and manufacturing across the group, and was subsequently appointed as Managing Director the following year, and Chief Executive in 1995.
Dr. Sommer began his career studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, and gained a PhD at the Institute for Control Systems, University of Karlsruhe. He joined Siemens where he spent 17 years in various positions - mainly in the field of automation systems and industrial communication systems. He then moved to Buerkert International for two years where he held the position of Vice President for Marketing & Technology. For the last six years he has been Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG based in Reinach, Switzerland, the division responsible for products, systems and solutions for process and logistics automation as well as for device integration based on industrial communications systems.
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