OGC Elects Two New Directors

Sam Bacharach Executive Director, Outreach and Community Adoption Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc tel: +1-703-352-3938 sbacharach [at] opengeospatial.org
Thursday, 17 July 2008 UTC

Wayland, MA, USA, July 17, 2008. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) has held its biennial election and two new directors, Lisa Campbell and Dr. John C. Curlander, have been elected to the Board of Directors.

Lisa Campbell is vice president in charge of Autodesk's Geospatial Solutions. In her role at Autodesk, she is responsible for the company's vision and strategy for geospatial technologies and solutions serving the Utility, Telecommunications and Government markets. She brings over 20 years of marketing and software industry experience to the Board's deliberations, and she brings fresh insights into the convergence of geospatial and Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D and facilities management technologies. These convergence efforts are manifested, in part, through the Architecture/Engineering/Construction/Owner/Operator (AECOO) testbed that Autodesk will play a key role in. The AECOO testbed is being managed by OGC with the buildingSMART alliance and others.

Dr. John C. Curlander is internationally recognized for his work in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems and data processing. His research led to many of the operational techniques currently used in today's SAR processors. Prior to joining Microsoft, as President and CEO of Vexcel Corporation he led the company to significant growth in the areas of satellite ground systems, photogrammetry and radar signal processing. Since the May 2006 acquisition of Vexcel by Microsoft, Dr. Curlander has served as General Manager of what has come to be called Microsoft Boulder. In this role, Dr. Curlander oversees the execution of the vision that Microsoft has for the group's role in the success of Virtual Earth, and thus he brings an important perspective to the Consortium's "mass market geo" activities.

David Schell, Chairman of the Board of the OGC, said, "The most important decisions we make are the decisions that bring the right people onto the Board, people who know how to work with innovative new technologies in a constructive way, who look ahead and who are capable of seeing new industry horizons. Our strategic positioning and direction are strongly influenced by our directors, and thus we are fortunate to have two new individuals who bring such a relevant and important mix of business and technical capabilities and who are also seasoned and innovative managers."

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 365 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OpenGIS® Standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. OGC Standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.