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Board of Directors

There are six members (positions) on the Board of Directors. Directors are elected for two- year staggered terms and hold office until their successors have been duly elected and qualified.

The Board of Directors, or a committee appointed by the Board of Directors, nominates candidates for election as a director at the Annual General Assembly Meeting of Members. Members may nominate candidates for election as a director. The Members elect the directors at the Annual General Assembly Meeting.Each member company present in person or by proxy is entitled to one vote with respect to each director position to be filled.

HART Communication Foundation Board of Directors


Chairman of the Board

Mark Schumacher – President, Rosemount Pressure/CPS Business Unit, Emerson Process Management
Mr. Schumacher is President of Rosemount’s Pressure and Complete Point Solutions Business Unit and is responsible for Emerson's pressure transmitter business and technologies. He has more than 33 years experience in the process industry and has held positions in international marketing, engineering development and operations for both Fisher Controls and Rosemount. Mr. Schumacher has served on the HCF Board of Directors since 1997.


Sean Keeping – Vice President Technology, ABB Automation.
Mr. Keeping is Vice President Technology for ABB Process Instrumentation. He has global responsibility for Process Instrumentation technology including, integration and asset management, with main development centers in Germany, India, Italy, UK and USA. He has served on the HCF Board of Directors since 2003.


Dr. Raimund Sommer - Managing Director, Process Solutions Division, Endress+Hauser
Dr. Sommer leads the Process Solutions technology division of Endress+Hauser. His responsibilities cover all field communication technologies including HART and WirelessHART and the management of their implementation into the E+H product portfolio. Dr. Sommer has a PhD from the Institute for Control Systems at the University of Karlsruhe with focus on non-linear control systems. He joined the HCF Board of Directors in 2013.

Paul McLaughlin - Chief Engineer, Honeywell Process Solutions

Mr. McLaughlin is Chief Engineer for Honeywell Process Solutions and leads the Global Architecture Team within the company’s Technology organization. Mr. McLaughlin has over 30 years of experience in industrial automation which includes leadership of architecture and design projects and R&D center management, and has been awarded over 30 patents. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014.


Hans Georg Kumpfmüller – President, Siemens Process Automation.

Mr. Kumpfmüller is President of Process Instrumentation and Analytics for Siemens AG, Karlsruhe, Germany, with responsibility for worldwide business. He has served on the HCF Board of Directors since 1999.

Kimikazu Takahashi - Corporate Fellow, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Mr. Takahashi is Corporate Fellow for Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. He has responsibility for key technical direction and technology standardization strategy of Industrial Automation. He joined the Board of Directors in 2012.

Ted Masters - President and CEO

Mr. Masters has held leadership roles in various aspects of the process industry for about 25 years. He has worked in a variety of technical companies delivering product, software and service solutions to industrial markets. His career has been centered on gaining access to operational data and turning it into business intelligence enabling, value-based decisions for end users. This includes large and small instrumentation, systems and controls companies as well as a predictive analytic enterprise software company now a part of GE Intelligent Platforms.