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IPC Education Foundation Announces Change in Leadership

Dec 04, 2019

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces a leadership change within the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF). At the end of the year, Colette Buscemi, senior director, IPCEF, will leave the Foundation and Charlene Gunter du Plessis, who currently serves as the Foundation’s director of strategic partnerships and programs, will transition into the role of senior director. 

Since the Foundation’s inception, Buscemi has successfully built out the philanthropic arm of IPC and took the foundation from an aspiring start-up to an established and fully operational education foundation focused on building a stronger global talent pipeline for the electronics industry. Her accomplishments include the creation of a network of IPC student chapters at universities and community colleges, partnerships with industry leaders to establish and fund an internationally recognized academic scholarship program, and curriculum and credentialing pilot program development oriented to high school students and career technical education instructors.

“I am deeply grateful for the hard work, leadership and creativity that Colette has brought to her role as the Education Foundation’s leader, and the achievements she and her team have made,” said John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO. “I am also grateful to have a phenomenal talent like Charlene who has been with IPC since 2018, step into the role seamlessly.”

Added Buscemi, “I am so pleased that Charlene will be taking the leadership mantle at the Foundation. “She has been a terrific partner and has everything it takes to ensure the continued success of the Foundation in its next phase.”

For more information on the IPC Education Foundation and its mission, visit www.ipcef.org.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 5,700 member-company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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