Board of Directors 2019-05-17T16:10:02+00:00

Executive Team

Chairperson: Ken-ichi Murata (Toyota)

Ken-ichi Murata is a Project General Manager, ITS・Connected Management Division, Connected Company at Toyota Motor Corporation. Prior to his current role as a strategist of connected vehicles, Murata joined Toyota in 2008 as a Global Chief Engineer of in-vehicle multimedia/telematics systems. His career began as a research scientist at Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc., later moving to Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. as a systems architect of software platforms for various consumer electronics devices.

Secretary: Christer Boberg (Ericsson)

Christer Boberg serves as a Director at Ericsson CTO Office driving strategies around IoT and Cloud technologies; his focus is bringing new technologies in place to solve networking industry challenges on a global scale. Prior to this, he drove Ericsson Communication Services technology strategy and was responsible for bringing several products and solutions to market.

Treasurer: Dr. Geng Wu (Intel)

Dr. Geng Wu is an Intel Fellow and Chief Technologist for wireless standards in the Client and Internet of Things Business and System Architecture Group at Intel Corporation. He leads Intel’s 5G wireless standards and technology development while collaborating with global research and development community and ecosystem partners. His current areas of focus include future generation network architectures and devices such as automotive, new air interface design and performance evaluation, and cross-layer optimization for mobile services and applications.


Director: Dr. Ryutaro Kawamura (NTT)

Dr. Ryutaro Kawamura is Senior Vice President and Director at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation’s Service Innovation Laboratory Group. He is engaged in research on network reliability techniques, network control and management, high-speed computer networks, network middleware, home network, industrial network, software component and IoT. Kawamura’s work at NTT began in 1989 when joined NTT’s Transport Systems Laboratories. He was a visiting researcher in Columbia University during 1998-99 and has served as a Board of Director of OSGi Alliance since 2003.

Director: Tomohiro Miyachi (DENSO Corporation)

Tomohiro Miyachi is the General Manager, Mobility System Planning Dept., Mobility System Business Group at DENSO Corporation. He leads the service and system development of connected cars, which DENSO places as one of the top priorities for future business. Miyachi started his career as a product designer of Air Conditioning systems in DENSO, and was transferred to system development department of Human Machine Interface for Automated Drive and Advanced Driver Assistance System to advance the project as a leader.

Director: Vish Nandlall (Dell-EMC)

Vish Nandlall is Vice President of Emerging Technology and Ecosystems at Dell-EMC. Previously he was Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson North America, where he designed its regional market strategy and technology roadmap. He also served as CTO of Extreme Networks and Nortel Carrier Networks. Nandlall has many publications, holds multiple patents, and was listed by Wireless World as a Global 100 Wireless Expert. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, First Division, with a focus in Electrical Engineering, from the University of New Brunswick.

Director: Joel Obstfeld (Cisco)

Joel Obstfeld is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco System’s Chief Technology & Architects Office. His focus is Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), Connected and Automated Transportation Systems (CATS), Smart Factories and “The Network.” Obstfeld is also engaged with members of the global academic research community. A previous role was Director of Engineering on the Juniper Networks “Platform System Division CTO team” where he led development of network virtualization technologies. Before Juniper, Obstfeld led a global team at Cisco’s Core Router Business Unit where he worked closely with key service provider customers around the world.

Director: Tomohiro Otani (KDDI)

Tomohiro Otani is an executive director of KDDI Research, Inc., where is responsible for R&D activities related to IoT, connected car, big data platforms, and associated operational technologies. Previously, Otani was general manager of the Operation Support System Development Department of Operations Sector at KDDI Corporation. That role was responsible for developing operational support systems (OSS) for fixed and mobile networks. Otani has been a member of the technical programming committee of international technical conferences and was a co-chair of TPC of MPLS2007 and iPOP2017. He is a co-author of IETF RFCs 3471, 5146, 6825, and 7025.