Welcome Richard Soley to the IOTA Foundation

IF Team May 26, 2018

Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG®, Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, and Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium.  

As Chairman and CEO of OMG, Dr. Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the world’s largest consortium of its type. Dr. Soley joined the nascent OMG as Technical Director in 1989, leading the development of OMG’s world-leading standardization process and the original CORBA specification. In 1996, he led the effort to move into vertical market standards (starting with healthcare, finance, telecommunications and manufacturing) and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language TM (UML) and later the Model Driven Architecture (MDA). He also led the effort to establish the SOA Consortium in January 2007, leading to the launch of the Business Ecology Initiative(BEI) in 2009. The Initiative focuses on the management imperative to make business more responsive, effective, sustainable and secure in a complex, networked world, through practice areas including Business Design, Business Process Excellence, Intelligent Business, Sustainable Business and Secure Business. In addition, Dr. Soley is the Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, helping end-users transition to cloud computing and direct requirements and priorities for cloud standards throughout the industry. In 2014, Dr. Soley helped found the Industrial Internet Consortium and (IIC) serves as Executive Director of the organization. The IIC was formed to accelerate the development, adoption and widespread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. The members of the IIC catalyze and coordinate the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet.  

Dr. Soley also serves on numerous industrial, technical and academic conference program committees, and speaks all over the world on issues relevant to standards, the adoption of new technology and creating successful companies. He is an active angel investor and was involved in the creation of both the Eclipse Foundation and Open Health Tools.

Previously, he was a co-founder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. Prior to that, he consulted for various technology companies and venture firms on matters pertaining to software investment opportunities. His CV also includes consulting for IBM, Motorola, PictureTel, Texas Instruments, Gold Hill Computer and others. He began his professional life at Honeywell Computer Systems working on the Multics operating system.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

A longer biography is available here, and Dr. Soley’s complete CV is available on request. A shorter version is available here.  

"Trustworthiness is the core of security and privacy. I joined the IOTA project because it’s the right solution for providing trustworthiness — properly and safely distributed — for new architectures like IoT and cryptocurrency. And it’s an honor to work alongside such a brilliant and dedicated team!"  

We are absolutely thrilled to have Richard Soley join the IOTA Foundation as a supervisory board member and advisor. He has provided us with valuable insight stretching back to early 2017 . There are plenty of plans in the making that he is directly involved in. Few people in the world can match Dr. Soley’s list of merits and experience in developing standards in CS and IoT or building organizations and alliances with multiple stakeholders involved. Give him a warm welcome!  


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