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New President for OPC Foundation

05 November 2018

Stefan Hoppe has been elected President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation following Thomas J. Burke’s nomination for his successor

Thomas Burke, the former President and Executive Director, nominated Mr. Hoppe as his successor before resigning during the last Board of Directors meeting of the OPC Foundation.  Hoppe was elected by the board in the same meeting. 

Burke will remain as an officer on the Board of Directors and will continue his evangelism for OPC UA adoption across various domains. Stefan Hoppe took over the operational activities and responsibility for worldwide adaption of the OPC standards and the further development of the organization.

Stefan Hoppe is a long-standing member of the control automation industry and the OPC Foundation. As an electrical engineer, he joined BECKHOFF in 1995 where he developed OPC classic server and in 2006 the world first OPC UA server integrated into an embedded controller. In 2008 he initiated and chaired the PLCopen OPC UA Companion working group which results are adopted in process industries and discrete manufacturing by multiple international well-known vendors. In 2010 Hoppe was elected for President of OPC Foundation Europe. Since 2014, he is Vice President of the OPC Foundation and member of the OPC Board. During the following years Hoppe became an OPC UA evangelist increasingly committed to adopting OPC technologies. Experts see OPC UA as a core standard in the emerging Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 movements. 

Sharing his thoughts on becoming President Hoppe said: “It is truly an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility and exciting opportunity to lead this incredible global organisation towards its full potential. While the OPC Foundation roots come from industrial automation and will always be grounded there, I believe it is our duty to greatly widen our horizons in multiple directions – inside industrial automation but also into other new markets.“ On the future adoption of the OPC technology, Hoppe continued: “The value of the open, secure, vendor-independent data interoperability the OPC UA standard introduces is universal and is as important to IoT applications across all markets as Ethernet was to connect computers and is to the Internet. My mission is to position and grow the OPC Foundation to work on this scale.” 


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