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Hoppe appointed OPC Foundation’s new president and executive director
Tuesday, 06 November, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Scottsdale
Stefan Hoppe has been appointed president and executive director, OPC Foundation, an industry consortium that creates and maintains standards for open connectivity of industrial automation devices and systems, such as industrial control systems and process control generally. He will succeed Thomas J Burke, who nominated him as his successor at the last meeting of the board of directors before resigning.

Hoppe, who took over the operational activities and responsibility for worldwide adaption of the OPC standards and the further development of the organisation, is a long-standing member of the control automation industry and the OPC Foundation.

As an electrical engineer, he joined Beckhoff in 1995 where he developed the OPC classic server, and in 2006, the world’s first OPC UA server integrated into an embedded controller.

In 2008, he initiated and chaired the PLCopen OPC UA Companion working group, whose results are adopted in process industries and discrete manufacturing by multiple international well-known vendors.

In 2010, Hoppe was elected for president, OPC Foundation Europe. Since 2014, he is vice-president, OPC Foundation and member, OPC Board.

In the following years, he became an OPC UA evangelist increasingly committed to adopting OPC technologies. Experts see OPC UA as a core standard in the emerging Internet of Things and Industrie4.0 movements.

The key qualifications the OPC Foundation looked for in Burke’s successor were deep working knowledge of the existing organisation, a well-formed long-term vision for the OPC Foundation and a strategic and collaborative mindset.

With over 12 years of working with and promoting OPC UA and over eight years of active OPC Foundation leadership, Hoppe was a natural fit for the role.

Burke will remain an officer on the board of directors and will continue his widespread evangelism for OPC UA adoption across various domains.
 
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