RosettaNet Tabs Executive Board Chairman

Electronic business standards group RosettaNet Monday has tapped Bill White chairman of the organization’s executive board.

The new skipper will guide RosettaNet’s cadre of managing boards, which
includes Electronic Components (EC), Information Technology (IT),
Semiconductor Manufacturing (SM) and Solution Provider (SP) and
Telecommunications Industry Council (TC).

White replaces Intel’s Colin Evans, who has completed his three-year term
with RosettaNet, which, like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and OASIS,
is a group devoted to establishing Web standards. The consortium is more
closely aligned, and sometimes competes with OASIS because both groups seek
to help hash out global protocols for conducting business on the Internet.

However, the two have recently come
to guide Web services standards for supply chain management, an
important practice and business process in making sure goods get to where
they need to go.

White’s job as board chairman will be “strategic and operational,” according
to RosettaNet CEO and President Jennifer Hamilton. Accordingly, White will
be expected to maintain inter-group relationships with OASIS, as well as
have a hand in daily operations.

White will work closely with Hamilton, board members and senior staff on all
strategic matters, including the tasks of identifying opportunities for
convergence and the targeting of new markets in the industry. He will also
try to accelerate production implementations across the global trading

“RosettaNet’s tremendous value is based upon the fact that the standards are
clearly business driven,” said White, executive board chairman, RosettaNet.
“Given RosettaNet’s agility it has the ability to respond quickly and
efficiently to the industry’s business demands and requirements. I look
forward to representing RosettaNet as chairman over the next few years and
working with key executives of the Uniform Code Council (UCC), during which
time I expect to see extended growth and collaboration across the board.”

White’s appointment is hardly a surprise; he is well acquainted with the Santa Ana, Calif.-based, RosettaNet. Prior to his appointment, he
served as chairman of RosettaNet’s SM Board, where he helped drive standards
initiatives to automate business processes in manufacturing work-in-process
(WIP), purchase order and work order management and materials management

More broadly, White brings more than 35 years of experience in the computing
industry to his new post. He is currently CIO and senior vice president ICS
of Amkor Technology, a provider of contract semiconductor assembly and test
services, where he directs Amkor’s worldwide information technology
infrastructure operations, software applications management and the supply
chain electronic commerce initiatives.

Prior to joining Amkor, White held various senior level positions at General
Motors, Electronic Data Systems and Boeing/MDC.

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