Amazon takes seat at the head of the table; assumes role of Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors

The Z-Wave Alliance, the Standards Development Organization (SDO) dedicated to advancing the smart home and Z-Wave technology, has announced the newly elected Z-Wave Alliance Board of Directors. Effective immediately, the updated roster of roles and representatives from across the connected home and IoT industry is as follows:

  • Chairman of the Board – Jonathan Adams, Amazon
  • Vice Chairman of the Board – John E Osborne II, LEXI Devices
  • Treasurer – Kevin Kraus, ASSA ABLOY
  • Secretary – Avi Rosenthal, bluesalve partners
  • Executive Director – Mitch Klein, Silicon Labs
  • Director – Jennifer Doctor, Johnson Controls Inc.
  • Director – Stephen Haynes, Vivint
  • Director – Andrew Weir, ADT
  • Director – Gustaf Lonaeus,
  • Director – James Wang, LEEDARSON
  • Chair Emeritus – Jacob Alamat, Silicon Labs

The past two years has driven impressive growth in the smart home industry says the organisation. Z-Wave has experienced this first-hand with milestones such as the availability of the Z-Wave Long Range (LR) certification, achieving 4100 certified Z-Wave devices, and witnessing 90 million new devices enter the market since 2020.

The organisation also says that conversations concerning standards and protocols are at an all-time high. Amongst talk of one of the most anticipated new developments in the IoT, the Z-Wave Alliance proudly seats Jonathan Adams, a young and emerging technology leader at Amazon at the head of the organization. Furthermore, the Alliance continues to benefit from the knowledge and expertise from the collective board, which includes leaders who are founding participants of Project CHIP and who currently hold chaired positions within both the Thread Group and the Connectivity Standards Alliance.  

 “Recently, the universally sourced, industry-rallying battle-cry has been that of interoperability,” says Mitch Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance. “No other organisation has as much experience at the helm as the Z-Wave Alliance, which has operated with interoperability as a core value for the past two decades. If the freshly elected Z-Wave Board of Directors proves anything, it is that industry leaders and trend setters echo our sentiment and see the future of Z-Wave as bright and opportunistic.”

Across the entire group, the Board of Directors features top leadership from companies at the forefront of IoT. Newly elected members bring fresh perspective, new ideas, and instantly add their background to the board’s decades of combined experience says the group.

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