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Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors Appoints New Officers

KIRKLAND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the appointment of new officers to the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors. Board members Toby Nixon (Microsoft), Magnus Olsson (Ericsson AB), and Joakim Linde (Apple) have been appointed as Chairman, Vice-chairman, and Secretary respectively, for a one-year term. The Bluetooth SIG, its membership – which passed 25,000 in December – and its Board of Directors are tasked with guiding and promoting the Bluetooth wireless standard.

“The Bluetooth SIG encourages its members to work together for the betterment of Bluetooth® wireless technology—a wireless solution uniquely poised to serve as the backbone of the Internet of Things (IoT),” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Our Board of Directors and Associate members are volunteers who dedicate their time, thought leadership, and expertise to ensure Bluetooth remains the benchmark standard for wireless technology. We appreciate their guidance and look forward to working with Toby, Magnus, and Joakim in their new roles.”

Nixon, senior program manager responsible for standards engagements in the Operating System Group at Microsoft, has served on the SIG board since 2011. He brings over 30 years of technical standards development, in addition to a unique understanding of organizational behaviors, intellectual property, and standards associations’ functions.

Commented Nixon: “Bluetooth wireless technology is so much more than wireless audio for mobile phones – Bluetooth is the ubiquitous way we interact with our environment. I’m personally excited to see how Bluetooth can continue to improve our lives by becoming the de facto wireless technology for the IoT. I congratulate the newly elected officers and look forward to working with them to further Bluetooth along its life-changing path.”

About Bluetooth® Wireless Technology

Bluetooth wireless technology is the global wireless standard enabling simple, secure connectivity for an expanding range of devices and serves as the backbone of the connected world. Bluetooth Smart technology, through an updatable platform and low power consumption, creates new application opportunities for the mobile phone, consumer electronics, PC, automotive, health & fitness and smart home industries. With nearly three billion devices shipping annually, Bluetooth is the wireless technology of choice for developers, product manufacturers, and consumers worldwide. Backed by industry leading companies, the Bluetooth SIG empowers over 25,000 member companies to collaborate, innovate and guide Bluetooth wireless technology. For more information, please visit


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