Officers & Board of Directors
The Forum is led by a slate of officers comprised of representatives of the Forum’s Sponsor Members and elected by the board of directors. The board governs the direction of the Forum and is chartered with helping the organization’s officers fulfill its mission and with seeing that the Forum operates in the best interests of its members and according to its By-laws.
Chairman Koichi Tagawa, Sony
Koichi Tagawa is the General Manager of Global Standards and Industry Relations Department that is in charge of technology standards and technology industry relations of the FeliCa Business. Since 2002, he has supported the popularization of NFC and FeliCa from the standardization point of view. He actively contributed to the establishment of the NFC Forum, holding the position of Vice-Chairman from the start of the Forum in 2004 until becoming Chairman in September 2008. He enthusiastically continues to contribute to the enhancement of the NFC ecosystem throughout the contactless application industry.
Vice Chairman Alexander Rensink, NXP Semiconductors
Alexander Rensink is business segment manager in the Business Unit Security & Connectivity at NXP Semiconductors. At NXP, Alexander drives a business that establishes the further deployment of contactless technology into a multitude of applications, including access management, loyalty, micropayments, device pairing, smart media and gaming. Throughout his career he has gained considerable ecosystem experience in working with infrastructure suppliers, application developers and service providers to deliver end-to-end solutions for vertical markets. Prior to joining NXP’s Security & Connectivity business unit in 2007, Alexander worked at Philips Digital Networks and later Philips Semiconductors in marketing, business development, and strategy roles. Alexander has served on the NFC Forum Board of Directors since March 2012 and was elected Vice Chairman in December 2013. Alexander studied Electrical Engineering and holds a Ph.D. degree.
Secretary Frank Dawidowsky, Sony
Frank Dawidowsky is Principal Engineer at the European Technology Center of Sony Corporation, located in Stuttgart, Germany. Frank has been active in the NFC Forum since its inception. He has more than 14 years of experience in standardization and has been an active contributor in a number of specification organizations and industry associations, including ETSI and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Treasurer Laurent Sourgen, STMicroelectronics
Laurent Sourgen is the Director of Strategic R&D Programs for Microcontrollers and Digital ICs Group within STMicroelectronics, and he is also involved in strategic partnerships. After graduating in Electronic Engineering, he started working with silicon integrated circuits. Over the past 20 years, he has been in charge of the team developing smartcard and other secured integrated circuits, where he designed and supervised work for different secure contact and contactless product generations. With good knowledge in related technologies and architectures, he is also involved in various cooperative R&D programs as project leader and expert. He represents STMicroelectronics in different professional organizations such as NFC Forum and Eurosmart.
Executive Director Paula Hunter
Paula Hunter manages the day-to-day affairs of the NFC Forum under the direction of the Chairman, Officers, and Board of Directors with responsibility for strategic planning and direction, membership development, budgeting, evangelism for the Forum and its mission, and outreach to liaison and vertical market partners. She has almost two decades of executive technology association management experience beginning in 1999 when, while working for Compaq, she was a founding board member for the ASP Industry Consortium. Ms. Hunter has served as Executive Director of the NFC Forum since 2013. Her experience also includes key roles in several technology companies, ranging from small start-ups to large multi-national corporations.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of one representative from each Sponsor Member.
Dawei Zhang, Apple Inc.
Terunao Tsuchiya, Dai Nippon Printing
Max Christoff, Google
Eddy Van de Velde, Mastercard
Eddy Van de Velde represents Mastercard on the Board of Directors of the NFC Forum. Eddy works for the EMV & Digital devices department in Mastercard. He has more than 20 years’ experience in smartcard payment technology and is currently in charge of the team specifying solutions for digital payment devices based on EMV technology. He has been involved from the first smart card applications up to the HCE-based payment applications in smart phones. As part of his responsibilities, he has contributed to different EMV workgroups and other standardization initiatives.
Alexander Rensink, NXP Semiconductors
Alexander Rensink is the strategic marketing director in the Business Unit Identification at NXP, which he joined in 2007. In his current position, Alexander focuses on the significant potential for identification technology in the mobile market and aims to further deploy NFC based solutions into mobile phones and tablets. Prior to joining NXP Identification, Alexander worked at Philips Digital Networks and later Philips Semiconductors in various marketing, business development and strategy roles. He has kick started important digital media innovations such as digital television, DVD systems and various innovations for mobile phones. Alexander has a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente and obtained his Ph.D. at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Neeraj Bhatia, Qualcomm
Neeraj Bhatia is a Product Manager at Qualcomm, where he has been since 2011. Previously, he has worked as a Private Equity Consultant at Kurt Salmon Associates, in Investment Banking at Cappello Capital, and as a Product Line Manager at Marvell. He has an MS in Computer Networking from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Jack Lee, Samsung Electronics
Jack Lee is Senior Engineer at the Standards and Technology Enabling Team of DMC R&D Center, Samsung Electronics which serves as the central standards coordination body of Samsung Electronics. His current focus is on convergence connectivity standards and related industry initiatives. As part of his current responsibilities he has worked on the areas of Connectivity, IoT, Automotive and Smart Home. Prior to his current work he has collaborated with industry partners to create new industry alliances for IoT and Mobile Printing. His previous experiences include regulatory affairs, digital broadcasting and connected healthcare. He has represented Samsung on the Board of Directors of NFC Forum since 2014 and has also held leadership roles in OMA and Wi-Fi Alliance.
Yo Tabayashi, Sony
Yo Tabayashi works for the Global Standards and Industry Relations Department in the FeliCa Business Division of Sony Corporation. He has more than 6 years experience in Sony FeliCa Contactless technology from market planning to strategic alliance activities, and also has over 10 years experience in the smart card industry. Yo joined the NFC Forum activities in 2006 in San Diego, and has held key NFC strategy roles in Sony.
Laurent Sourgen, STMicroelectronics
Laurent Sourgen is currently director of Strategic R&D programs for Microcontrollers, Memories & Secure Group within STMicroelectronics, and he is also involved in strategic partnerships. After graduating in Electronic Engineering, he started working with silicon integrated circuits. Over the past 20 years, he has been in charge of the team developing smartcard and other secured integrated circuits, where he designed and supervised work for different secure contact and contactless product generations. With good knowledge in related technologies and architectures, he is also involved in various cooperative R&D programs as project leader and expert. He represents STMicroelectronics in different professional organizations such as NFC Forum and Eurosmart.
Doug Deibert, Visa Inc.