Sara Brown elected chairman of IMC
February 5, 2020
Sara Brown from MultiTech is the new chairman of the IoT M2M Council (IMC) following the trade body’s annual general meeting at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Kim Bybjerg of Tata Communications was elected as vice chairman.
The IMC is comprised of 25,000 enterprise users, OEMs and apps developers as rank-and-file members, and its board includes representatives from AWS, HPE, Semtech and Vodafone, among many other technology providers.
"The IMC is the largest trade group serving the IoT sector, and we aim to increase adoption of IoT technology by bringing buyers and sellers together," said Brown, who is VP of marketing at edge hardware provider MultiTech. "In addition to our growing trade-show relationships with CES and Hannover Messe, the world's largest manufacturing event, we've developed template RFPs and guidelines for IoT technology sourcing, software tools that help byers identify their needs, a library of over 200 IoT use-cases, and eight vertical-market push-content channels."
Both Brown and Bybjerg bring decades of experience to their new roles. Brown has worked for IBM, Wavecom, Sierra Wireless and Telit, and has consulted to global technology companies. Bybjerg, who is VP for IoT and mobility at Tata Communications, has held senior positions in IoT at companies such as KPN, Vodafone and Jasper.
Brown replaces Volkhard Bregulla, VP for global sales manufacturing, automotive and IoT services at HPE as chairman, who steps down after his one-year term.
"Significant expansions for our trade-show activities at CES and Hannover Messe, as well as increase in the scope and format of our RFP guidelines are just some of the projects Kim and I intend to get rolling this year,” said Brown. “We intend to take the IMC to the next level in terms of providing enhanced value of both content and engagements to drive digital transformation."
The IMC is the largest trade group dedicated to the global IoT and M2M sector, with over 25,000 IoT OEMs, enterprise users and apps developers that buy IoT product and services as members. Board sustainer-companies include 1NCE, Aeris, Amazon Web Services, BICS, Digi International, HPE, iBasis, Kore, Losant, Micro-Ant, MultiTech, NimbeLink, Pod Systems Group, Semtech, Sigfox, Taoglas, Tata Communications, Telit, U-Blox and Vodafone.