Open Services Gateway Initiative Elects New Leadership

Press Release – 07/10/2000

Open Services Gateway Initiative Elects New Leadership

San Ramon, Calif. – The Open Services Gateway Initiative (OSGi) has elected a new board of directors and officers to serve the organization through May 2001. OSGi ( is an independent, non-profit corporation composed of 65 leading technology companies working to define and promote open standards for the delivery of multiple services over wide-area networks to local networks and devices.

“Last year was extremely successful for OSGi, as evidenced by our strong membership growth, active participation in OSGi expert groups and working committees, and the public release of the OSGi specification,” said John Barr, president of OSGi, and director, Systems Architecture and Technology for Personal Area Networks, Motorola. “We are looking forward to the strong leadership of our new board and officers to help guide the development of OSGi into 2001.”

The OSGi specification, which complements virtually all residential networking standards, defines an open standard that enables multiple software services to be loaded and run on a services gateway such as a set top box, cable modem, DSL modem, PC or dedicated residential gateway. Once resident in a services gateway, these services, such as energy measurement and control, safety and security services, health care monitoring services, device control and maintenance, electronic commerce services and more, can interact both with devices and networks in the home or small office and with clients and servers. The services gateway also can consolidate and manage voice, data, control, Internet and multimedia communications to and from the home and small office.

The following were elected by OSGi members to serve on the OSGi board of directors until May 2001:

Rafiul Ahad 
Senior Director, Mobile and Embedded Products  
Oracle Corporation
Dan Bandera 
Program Director and BLM for Client and OEM Technology  
IBM Corporation
John Barr 
Director, Systems Architecture and Technology  
Personal Area Networks  
Motorola, Inc.
Maurizio Beltrami 
Technology Manager Interconnectivity  
Phillips Consumer Electronics
Hans Werner Bitzer 
Head of Section Smart Home Products  
Deutsche Telekom AG
Mark Dwight 
Manager, Product Marketing  
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Robert Elliott 
Director Central Electronics System  
Whirlpool Corporation
Eric Chu 
Group Marketing Manager  
Sun Microsystems
Rolf Johansson 
Marketing Manager  
Residential Communications Services  
Dr. Marie-Jose Montpetit 
Senior R&D Engineer  
Nokia Home Communications.
Jeff Lund 
Vice President,  
Business Development and Corporate Marketing  
Echelon Corporation
Francois Rongere 
Silicon Valley Project Manager  
Electricite de France (EDF)
Russ Sivey 
Director, New Service Concepts  

The following were elected by OSGi members to serve as officers until May 2001:

Lawrence Chan 
OSGi Regional Vice President – Asia Pacific  
Echelon Corporation
John Hughes 
OSGi Regional Vice President – Americas  
Director of Business Development  
Texas Instruments
Joseph Bassi 
OSGi Vice President of Marketing  
Senior Manager, Business Development  
Sun Microsystems
John Sharood 
OSGi Treasurer  
Vice President, Network Systems  
Invensys Controls
Uwe Hansmann 
OSGi Secretary  
IBM Pervasive Computing
Deepak Kamlani 
OSGi Executive Director  
Managing Director  
interprise ventures

About OSGi

The OSGi is a non-profit corporation formed to provide a forum for the creation of open specifications for the delivery of multiple services over wide-area networks to local networks and devices, and to accelerate the demand for products and services based on these specifications worldwide through the sponsorship of market and user education programs. The San Ramon, California, USA-based consortium comprises 65 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including Internet Service Providers, Network Operators, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Independent Software Vendors, end users, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The consortium’s Web site address is

All company, brand and product names may be trademarks that are the sole property of their respective owners.

All Rights Reserved.

For further information contact:

David Nieland Wendy Dunn Deepak Kamlani
Director Account Executive Executive Director – OSGi
BSMG Worldwide BSMG Worldwide interprise ventures
Tel: +1 972 830 2663 Tel: +1 972 830 4731 Tel: +1 925 277 8110