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OGC Names New CTO and Executive Director, Interoperability Architecture.

WAYLAND, Mass. -- David Schell, Chairman and CEO of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced today that the OGC Board of Directors has voted to appoint Dr. Carl Reed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and that George Percivall has joined the OGC as Executive Director, Interoperability Architecture. These staff changes reflect OGC's commitment to maintaining the technology management excellence that has made it the preeminent consensus standards organization in the geospatial technologies industry.

As CTO, Dr. Reed will assume the role of lead technologist, responsible for ensuring that the technology policy of the corporation supports the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Dr. Reed has served as the OGC Executive Director, Specification Program since 2001. Dr. Reed will continue to manage the process by which OGC Implementation Specifications are developed and adopted by the OGC membership. He will also continue to facilitate the Planning Committee meetings and work with the OGC Interoperability Program as a member of the architecture team.

Before joining the OGC, Dr. Reed was vice president of geospatial marketing at Intergraph Corporation. Reed joined Intergraph in April 1998 after a long tenure at Genasys II, where he had served as chief technology officer for Genasys II Worldwide. Dr. Reed received a PhD in Geography, specializing in GIS technology, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978.

Mr. Percivall is an accomplished technology leader who has played key roles in the development of international standards for geospatial information. He will be responsible for managing OGC's Interoperability Program, which involves planning and coordinating testbeds, pilot projects, interoperability experiments, etc., and for running OGC's compliance testing program.

Prior to joining OGC, Mr. Percivall had leadership roles on several NASA contracts. He was Chief Engineer of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) - Landsat/Terra release; Principal engineer for NASA's Geospatial Interoperability Office; Director of the Geospatial Interoperability Group of GST, Inc.; and represented NASA in OGC, ISO TC211, and CEOS. He holds a BS in Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

The OGC is an international voluntary consensus standards organization of 250 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geoprocessing interface specifications. OpenGIS(R) Specifications support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.
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