The Fieldbus Foundation today announced that Hartmut Wallraf (picture left), Technology Advisor - Invensys Operations Management, and Chairman - FDT Group, has been elected as Chairman to its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for the next annual term of office. It has also been announced that Jean-Marie Alliet (picture right), EMEA Technology Consulting Director, and Country Business Leader - Belgium, of Honeywell Process Solutions, has been elected as Vice-Chairman for the same term.
Wallraf takes over the chairmanship from Dr. Raimund Sommer of Endress + Hauser and Alliet replaces colleague Richard Willems, formerly of Honeywell, as Vice-Chairman.
The EMEA EAC members include:, Gregor Kilian, ABB; Bob Sharp, Emerson Process Management; Dr. Raimund Sommer, Endress+Hauser; Dr. Peter Pockrandt, Hirschmann; Jean-Marie Alliet, Honeywell (Vice Chairman); Hartmut Wallraf, Invensys (Chairman); Helmut Dunker, Krohne; Rob Stockham, Moore Industries; Peter Maxwell, MTL-Cooper Crouse Hinds; Dr. Gunther Kegel, Pepperl+Fuchs; M. Baret, Rockwell Automation; Dr. Peter Völker, R. Stahl; Dr. Wolfgang Trier, Softing (Treasurer); and Henk van der Bent, Yokogawa.
Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, welcomed Wallraf and Alliet to their new roles. "Firstly, I would like to thank Dr. Raimund Sommer for his dedication to the role of Chairman over the last year and I'm looking forward to working closely with Hartmut and Jean-Marie over the forthcoming year as we progress further with several Foundation technology and marketing initiatives throughout the EMEA region." He continued, "The committee will have to work hard in today's challenging business environment but will have an exciting time in terms of the many technological advancements of Foundation technology for automation infrastructures."
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.
Wallraf began his career studying electrical engineering at university. He joined the German chemical company Bayer and served as Engineer and Project Manager for chemical plant engineering for 5 years. He then moved to Invensys Foxboro and has been with Invensys for the last 30 years. He has held positions as Project Manager; Service & Engineering Manager; Sales & Marketing Manager; Managing Director of various Invensys businesses in Germany and Europe; senior Vice-President of RD&E for system products in Foxboro, Massachusetts; and CTO for the business group. He is currently a member of the senior management team at Invensys Operations Management as Technology Advisor and is the FDT Group's Chairman of the Board.
Alliet studied for a degree in Electronics and Measurement & Control. On joining Honeywell Process Systems (HPS) in Belgium in 1985, Alliet held several positions in sales support, system engineering, application engineering, project management and account management. With Honeywell's EMEA organisation since 1995, he has been leading the field marketing team and the EMEA sales support team which is responsible for rolling out HPS' system platforms. Now based in Honeywell's EMEA headquarters in Brussels, he is currently holds the position of HPS' EMEA Technology Consulting Director, and represents EMEA interests in the global team that drives HPS' technology investments. He is also HPS' Country Business Leader - Belgium.
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