RAIN RFID Alliance Announces New Chairman of the Board and New Director

Congratulations to NXP and Google for new board positions

1 August, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA.: The RAIN RFID Alliance board-of-directors elects a board chairman each year. This year the board elected Ralf Kodritsch from NXP® Semiconductors as chairman, effective 1 July, 2016. Ralf has served as a RAIN director since 2015 and co-chairs the RAIN Solutions Workgroup. Chris Diorio, Impinj CEO and RAIN board chairman from 2014 to 2016, continues his service with the RAIN Alliance as an elected director. 

“In April 2014, four companies founded the RAIN RFID Alliance. After two short years, RAIN has more than 120 member companies worldwide,” said Chris Diorio. “NXP has been a great supporter of the RAIN Alliance and Ralf has distinguished himself as an effective RAIN spokesperson and leader since joining the board last year. I have the utmost confidence in Ralf’s ability to lead the Alliance through its continued growth and advancement over the course of the next year.”

“Chris did an excellent job co-founding the RAIN Alliance to grow the UHF RFID market. His support as the chairman of the board has helped the Alliance grow steadily and become actively involved worldwide,” said Steve Halliday, president of RAIN RFID Alliance. “As the new chairman, Ralf will now have the opportunity to help steer us into even greater success through the next year.” 

“I was very pleased when the RAIN board of directors chose me to be the chairman,” said Ralf Kodritsch, Segment Manager RFID Solutions from NXP. “Under Chris’s leadership in the first two years, the Alliance grew fast and is further accelerating the adoption of RAIN RFID technology. We have great things to work on over this next year, to make RAIN a crucial cornerstone and key enabler of the Internet of Things.”

The board also had an open position, and the Alliance followed its elective process with eight companies nominating candidates for the position. 

Halliday added, “The RAIN Alliance members elected Colin Bookman from Google, to fill the empty director position. Google’s participation on the board shows their continued commitment to the Alliance.”

The next RAIN Alliance meeting will be in Tokyo, Japan on 13-15 September, 2016 in conjunction with the Auto-ID Show. Agenda and logistics information is available at www.rainrfid.org/resources/rain-meetings/tokyo_japan_13-15_september-2016.

About the RAIN RFID Alliance
The RAIN RFID Alliance is an organization supporting the universal adoption of RAIN technology, a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage each item. The technology is based on the EPC Gen2 UHF RFID specification, incorporated into the ISO/IEC 18000-63 standard.  For more information, visit www.RAINRFID.org. The RAIN Alliance is part of AIM Global. AIM has served as the association and worldwide authority on automatic identification, data collection and networking in a mobile environment for over 40 years. For more information, visit www.aimglobal.org.


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