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IPC COMMUNITY 96 SPRING 2023 IPC has revamped its Thought Leaders Pro- gram (TLP), an initiative designed to "mine" key industry experts' insight and knowledge on issues driving change within the electronics industry. Five experts have been selected to generate ideas and insights in five areas: 1. Education and workforce 2. Technology and innovation 3. The economy 4. Key markets 5. Environment, health, and safety THOUGHT LEADERS Expert Insight and Knowledge By Sandy Gentry The TLP is chaired by Mike Carano, IPC con- sultant and a member of IPC's Hall of Fame. New TLP members are: • Peter Bigelow, President and CEO, IMI Incorporated • Matt Holzmann, President, CGI Americas • Stanton Rak, Principal, SF Rak Company • Stephen Sweeney, Program Manager, Materials and Environmental Management, IBM • Hiroyuki Watanabe, Executive Director, Global Security, NEC Corporation The Thought Leaders' responsibilities are to provide publishable material in their subject areas, flagging opportunities for IPC engage- ment, and participating in quarterly roundta- ble discussions. Each expert is expected to ful- fill at least one 12-month term, during which quarterly contributions will be expected. "I'm honored to work with such a diverse and august group of experts," says Mike C a r a n o. " Th e p r o g r a m i s drawing on indi- viduals who are leaders within the electronics manufacturing industry and who have insights into market research, trends, cybersecurity, high-tech production, emerging technologies, sustainability, business management, materi- als science, and consulting. Our industry rap- idly changes, and these experts have been assembled to provide guidance and solutions to lead and influence change toward building electronics better." For more information on the Thought Leaders Program, click here.

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