Looking to strengthen its position in the Near Field Communications arena, Innovision Research & Technology has tapped David Wollen, former general manager of the mobile and smart card businesses and marketing director for Renesas Technology Europe as its new CEO. He replaces one of Innovision’s original founders, Marc Borrett.
Innovision R&T strengthens its executive board as the company repositions for future growth in the developing NFC market
Innovision Research & Technology, the RFID and NFC (Near Field Communications) solutions provider, has again strengthened its senior management team. As part of its positioning for future growth in the expanding market for short-range wireless connectivity technology the Company has appointed David Wollen as CEO (Chief Executive Officer). He takes over from Marc Borrett, one of the original founders, who moves to the new role of Business Development Director.
David Wollen was formerly the General Manager of the Mobile and Smartcard Businesses and Marketing Director for Renesas Technology Europe and a Director of Hitachi Microsystems Ltd. Prior to that he spent 10 years at Dialog Semiconductor, for which he was the founding Marketing Director and during which time he established the US subsidiary. He said “I am intrigued by the way that mobile communications technology is converging with the world of smart cards. I believe the market for technologies that offer simple, and secure two-way data interactions among electronic devices, allowing consumers to perform contactless transactions, offers great potential. The challenge of helping a company with Innovision R&T’s impressive technology and engineering skills to position itself to further exploit these opportunities is very exciting.”
David Wollen’s 25-year plus career in the semiconductor and computer industries, includes helping to manage and develop both multi-national companies, such as DEC and TI, and small start-ups working in fast-growing markets. He continued: “One of the major factors that attracted me to Innovision R&T was the potential offered by the existing engineering team and IP, which is now becoming even stronger with the arrival of Heikki Huomo from Nokia as Technical Director. I am particularly looking forward to working closely with Marc Borrett on the development of the business, especially in NFC, which is in its infancy.”
About Innovision Research & Technology
Innovision Research & Technology plc is one of Europe’s leading Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) IC Design and solutions providers. Focusing on RFID and ultra low-cost Integrated Circuit (IC) and electronic design, the company develops innovative technologies and technology applications for commercialisation and then licenses the technology on to its customers who incorporate it into their own products. Innovision R&T is also at the heart of the emerging Near Field Communication (NFC) market, designing and developing solutions for the mobile handset and consumer device sectors.
The company’s work with customers includes pre-engineering studies, building of prototypes and complete product development through to production, including custom silicon chip design.
Innovision R&T products include Jewel, the world’s smallest and lowest cost ITSO approved smart ticketing chip; and “io” the world’s smallest standards compatible near field RFID reader. Headquartered in the UK, the company was established in 1994.
For further information, visit: www.innovision-group.com.
Explore more developments dealing with the implementation of Near Field Communications, a short-range wireless technology that promises to revolutionize contactless identification, payment, access, and more. Click to visit NFCNews.