InterDigital Adds Pieter Knook to Technical Advisory Council
Veteran Microsoft and Vodafone Executive Joins Team of Senior Communications Executives Advising Wireless Technology Leader
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- InterDigital, Inc. (IDCC) today announced that Pieter Knook has joined the companys Technical Advisory Council, which helps to evaluate and provide guidance on overall industry trends, make recommendations to the companys strategic technical priorities, and provide insights on new technology program initiatives. Mr. Knook is a recognized innovator in mobile services and technologies, leveraging a successful career building mobile product and services platforms with leading multinational companies.
Mr. Knook built his career at Microsoft, where he spent 18 years in technical, sales, marketing and business management roles across three different organizations including several start-ups. When he left Microsoft in 2008, he was Senior Vice President and global lead of the companys mobile business. Mr. Knook then joined Vodafone to lead the launch of Vodafone 360, a new software services venture for the Vodafone Group, where he was on the Strategy Board, the Marketing Board, the CEO Council, the Group Marketing Leadership team and also on the Ventures Board and the Content Board and the board of the Wholesale Applications Community representing the Vodafone Internet Services unit.
We are delighted that Pieter has joined the Technical Advisory Council and we look forward to leveraging his valuable insights on global technology trends and expertise in wireless networks and devices, said Naresh Soni, Chief Technology Officer of InterDigital. I anticipate that his addition to this unique assembly of industry experts will strengthen InterDigitals ability to envision and invent fundamental technologies that will shape the next generations of wireless.
Mr. Knook serves as non-executive Chairman at Pulsant Limited, a UK provider of IT infrastructure services, The Institution, a Swedish provider of mobile device management, and Better Generation, a UK provider of micro-renewable energy site assessment tools. He is also on the board of QuantumWave Capital, a mobile internet global investment banking boutique, and serves on the advisory boards of multiple technology-related companies. Mr. Knook holds a Masters in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University in the UK, where he is also a visiting Professor in Innovation at the Engineering Department.
The InterDigital Technical Advisory Council, formed in 2010, advises the companys senior management team on strategic technical priorities and direction, potential new markets and product opportunities, product, service and technology program initiatives, and additional technology matters where the Council brings relevant insights. Serving on InterDigitals Technical Advisory Council , Pieter Knook joins fellow thought leaders Thomas Gilley (Critical Media), Dr. Andrea Goldsmith (Stanford University), David Hytha (Sofinnova Ventures, formerly at T-Mobile), Dr. Luigi Licciardi (Telecom Italia), Dr. Byung K. Yi (retired from LG Electronics), and InterDigitals CTO and Council Chair, Naresh Soni.
InterDigital develops fundamental wireless technologies that are at the core of mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. We solve many of the industry's most critical and complex technical challenges, inventing solutions for more efficient broadband networks and a richer multimedia experience years ahead of market deployment. InterDigital has licenses and strategic relationships with many of the world's leading wireless companies.
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Source: InterDigital, Inc.Copyright Business Wire 2012