General Motors’ OnStar Vet To Help Guide Strategy as WiTricity Commercializes the Next Generation of Wireless Charging
Watertown, Mass. – May 17, 2016 – WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, has appointed wireless telecommunications veteran Mary Chan to its Board of Directors effective immediately. Chan’s unique background makes her a powerful addition to WiTricity’s board as the company continues to commercialize the next wave of wireless charging solutions. She’ll bring expertise from her more than 25 years of global management in organizations including General Motors Corporation (GM), Dell, Alcatel-Lucent/Lucent Technologies and AT&T Network Systems – a diverse combination of market knowledge that is highly relevant to WiTricity.
IHS reports that in 2015 the wireless charging market grew more than 160 percent over the year prior and predicts that by 2025 shipment of wireless charging products will top two billion units. WiTricity’s foundational wireless power technology can deliver from milliwatts to kilowatts, to multiple devices with positional freedom, over distances and through a variety of materials. Having already demonstrated its leadership role in the market by working with major OEMs and global brands, WiTricity will benefit from Chan’s experience, particularly as it relates to automotive and consumer electronic applications.
Most recently serving as president of GM’s Global Connected Consumer & OnStar Service, Chan was instrumental in the implementation of 4GLTE connectivity service across GM’s global vehicle brands, enabling connected drivers and bringing forward a new generation of technology-enabled automobiles. Prior to that, Chan’s tenure at Dell, Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T included taking the lead on several key consumer electronic and wireless initiatives, one being the global deployment of 4G and 3G networks. Her contributions have helped shape the connected ecosystem we experience today.
“WiTricity is at the forefront of the next phase of wireless charging, enabling the most convenient and flexible experience for consumer and electric vehicle applications,” said Chan. “After witnessing the impressive momentum the company is generating and the growing market opportunity for magnetic resonance technology across a range of industries, I’m honored to be joining WiTricity’s board. This team is making wireless charging a reality.”
“I have known Mary for quite some time now from our previous work together at Dell, and her expertise and creativity are truly unrivaled,” said WiTricity CEO Alex Gruzen. “Her deep knowledge of the telecommunications, consumer electronics and automotive industries, coupled with her leadership and management experience, makes her an ideal addition to the board. Mary’s expertise is so perfectly matched to the verticals we are focusing on from a strategic perspective, she couldn’t be a better fit. I’m excited to have her with us as WiTricity continues to eliminate wires from our connected lives.”
Chan has received numerous honors for her leadership, including Top Women in Wireless by Fierce Wireless Industry Daily (2008), Mobile Marketer’s Mobile Women to Watch (2015) and named a “MobileGameChanger” by Russell Reynolds Associates for reshaping the global mobile industry in 2014. Chan is also currently a director of SBA Communications and serves as a board member for Microelectronics Technology Inc. She is a graduate of Columbia University with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering.
WiTricity Corporation provides technology to enable wireless power transfer over distance using magnetic resonance. Through deep domain expertise, semiconductor offerings, a strong IP portfolio and an extensive reference design library, WiTricity works with innovative companies to incorporate WiTricity technology in their products and solutions. With a growing list of global customers in the consumer electronics, automotive, medical devices and defense industries, the company has emerged as the leader in wireless power transfer over distance. For more information, visit www.witricity.com, or follow WiTricity on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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