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IEEE Names E. James Prendergast Executive Director     

E. James Prendergast 3 March –  IEEE today announced the selection of E. James (Jim) Prendergast as its new executive director.

Dr. Prendergast will serve as chief operating officer and will manage the more than 1,000 IEEE staff members at seven U.S. and overseas locations. He will assume the role 6 April 2009.   

Prendergast’s appointment comes after a nearly eight-month search by IEEE’s Board of Directors. He joins the IEEE staff during the organization’s 125th Anniversary year, when the association is commemorating “125 Years of Engineering the Future.”

"Jim’s 28 years of experience within three Fortune 100 companies, his passion for innovation, and his adeptness at leading broad, complex organizations makes him an ideal match for directing IEEE, the world's largest technical-professional organization," said 2009 IEEE President and Chief Executive Officer John Vig. "The Board and I are confident that his demonstrated leadership and extensive experience in business and technology will help position IEEE for the next 125 years of service to its members worldwide."

Dr. Prendergast most recently served as vice president and chief technology officer for DuPont Electronic and Communication Technologies in Wilmington, Del. Prior to joining DuPont, he was vice president and director of Motorola’s Physical Sciences Research Laboratories, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. He is an IEEE Senior Member, and has been a member of IEEE for 32 years.

A native Australian, Jim received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Sydney and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Prendergast succeeds former IEEE Executive Director Jeffry W. Raynes, who resigned in June 2008.