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IPC Launches New Thought Leaders Program to Enhance Awareness and Insights on Electronics Industry Trends

Mar 12, 2021

IPC today unveiled a new Thought Leaders Programin which industry experts will assist IPCon key industry issues and offer valuable insights to IPC members and key external stakeholders.

“IPC is building its leadership on the issues that are driving change for the electronics manufacturing industry,” said John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO. “As an association representing thousands of companies, we need to be astutely aware of a range of change drivers and how they are interconnected. IPC will leverage these experts’ insights to lead and influence change for the better.”

The Thought Leaders Program will be chaired by Mike Carano, an executive at RBP Chemical Technology and a member of IPC’s Hall of Fame.  

“I’m thrilled and honored to coordinate the Thought Leaders Program and the work of this distinguished and diverse group of individuals,” said Mike Carano. “The industry is on the cusp of exciting change, and the thought leaders IPC has assembled will help guide the industry to new heights.”  

IPC has retained a select group of experts to generate ideas and insights in five areas: education and workforce; technology and innovation; the economy; key markets; and environment, health, and safety. The Thought Leaders named today are:

The Thought Leaders’ responsibilities will include providing publishable material in their subject areas; flagging opportunities for IPC engagement; and participating in quarterly roundtable discussions. Each expert is expected tofulfill at least one 12-month term, during which quarterly contributions will be expected.

One of the program’s first projects will be a report on the U.S. Defense Department’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), an ambitious effort to better protect the cyber security of the defense industrial base. The electronics industry supports this initiative but has concerns about its ongoing implementation. 

More information about the IPC Thought Leaders Program including a dedicated webpage will be available soon.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,055 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly, and testing. 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.

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