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Unicode Directors, Officers and Staff



Board of Directors
Julie Bennett, 2007 to present
Microsoft Corporation

Currently as General Manager of Windows Sustained Engineering, Julie Bennett manages the engineering teams responsible for the monthly servicing updates and servicing readiness of the Windows platforms. Prior to this, Julie was General Manager of Windows International, where she managed the engineering teams responsible for making Windows more relevant and tailored for worldwide markets. Julie joined Microsoft in 1988 as a software development engineer. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering from Brown University.

Bob Jung, 2013 to present
Google, Inc.

Bob is the Director of Engineering for Internationalization at Google. He built and leads the globally distributed team that develops highly scalable technologies and infrastructure used throughout Google to deliver internationalized and localized products. Previously, at Netscape, he built the team that established much of the early work on internationalization for the web and browsers. Even earlier, he helped drive the initial Unix/POSIX internationalization specifications and standards via work with industry consortiums (/usr/grp, Uniforum, Unix International). Prior to Google, Bob worked for Netscape/AOL, Apple, MIPS, Nippon Unisoft and UniSoft. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Marypat Meuli, 2006 to present
IMS | Appature

Marypat Meuli graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, with a Bachelor of Arts in both Chemistry and Mathematics/Computer Science. She obtained her Masters in Business Administration from IESE (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa) in Barcelona, Spain, with an emphasis on international business. She is combining her passions for international and data at IMS | Appature, working on international enablement of big data cloud marketing solutions. Previously she worked at Microsoft in the Online Services Group and in the Office and Windows Divisions, and has extensive experience in internationalization.

David Richards, 1991 to present

David Richards served as CTO of The Research Libraries Group (RLG), with responsibility for all systems development efforts. He joined the organization in 1979 and was the architect of the systems and software engineering environment and designer of the database management software that powered the online service offerings of the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) for over 20 years. Among many other innovations, he pioneered non-Roman character support in library cataloging systems, including the development of three generations of RLIN multilingual terminal software. More recently, he led the migration of all of RLG's service offerings and internal systems from a mainframe with proprietary database and systems software to an XML database on an open systems platform and DB2.
In 2006, RLG merged with the larger library cooperative OCLC. David was instrumental in managing the migration of RLG’s databases and applications to OCLC’s data center. Following that, he formed and led a California software development group within OCLC's Enterprise Development and Engineering Division. David has been a member of the Unicode Board since incorporation of the Consortium. He has also held positions as Manager of Database Systems Development at Tandem Computers, Inc.; Manager of Software Engineering at Processor Technology Corp.; Computer Scientist and Physicist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California; Research Fellow in Theoretical Physics, California Institute of Technology; and Associate Research Scientist, The Johns Hopkins University.
David earned a B.S. in physics from Alma College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Michigan. He also has PMP and PMI_ACP Credentials.

Bill Sullivan, 2006 to present
IBM Corporation

Bill Sullivan has been a member of the Unicode Board of Directors since 2004. He has worked for the IBM Corporation for more than 38 years, the last 22 of which have been in the globalization and internationalization arena. During that time he has worked with thousands of software and hardware teams for products as diverse as PDAs and mass spectrometers. Bill is currently IBM’s company-wide Globalization Executive and is responsible for all aspects of product globalization; he leads IBM's worldwide team of globalization subject matter experts including the teams that develop the open source International Components for Unicode.
Bill is a graduate of Fordham University, with post-graduate degrees from Trinity College Dublin and New York University. He served as Chief Strategist and a member of the Executive Committee for the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA) for a number of years. Bill has also served as a member of the Executive Council of The Institute of Localization Professionals (TILP) where he chaired a workgroup on professional certification.

Celia Vigil, 2006 to present

Celia Vigil is the Senior Director for Frameworks at Apple Inc. In this role, she is responsible for internationalization, fonts and multilingual support on Mac OS X. The team is responsible for delivering state-of-the-art text processing and layout technology, font management, Unicode support and fonts. These technologies are required to support the wide variety of languages used in Apple's global markets.
Celia Vigil holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from University of California Davis and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Greg Welch, 2013 to present
Intel Corporation

Greg Welch is Director of Strategic Marketing in Intel’s PC Client Group. Among his recent accomplishments has been responsibility for driving the formulation and coordination of Intel’s Ultrabook™ program. Previous positions at Intel include:

  • Director, Intel’s Architecture Group, Global WIMAX Organization, responsible for business development relationships between Intel, Clearwire, Best Buy and OEMs to promote the world’s first national 4G network.
  • As Director of Strategy and Industry Initiatives in Intel’s Software and Solutions Group, Greg drove Intel’s efforts to enable software for multi-core architectures.
  • Director of Strategic Planning for Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. Greg oversaw long-range roadmap planning and business strategy for all notebook platform, processor, and chipset products that became the Core® family of processors.
  • Director of Brand Strategy. Greg spearheaded the segmentation of Intel’s processor brands including the Itanium® and Xeon® brands for high-end server products, and the Celeron® brand for value PCs.
 Executive Officers
Mark Davis
President & CLDR-TC Vice-Chair

Dr. Mark Davis co-founded the Unicode project and has been the president of the Unicode Consortium since its incorporation in 1991. He is one of the key technical contributors to the Unicode specifications. Mark founded and was responsible for the overall architecture of ICU (the premier Unicode software internationalization library), and architected the core of the Java internationalization classes. He also founded and is the chair of the Unicode CLDR project, and is a co-author of BCP 47 "Tags for Identifying Languages" (RFC 4646 and RFC 4647), used for identifying languages in all XML and HTML documents.
Since the start of 2006, Mark has been working on software internationalization at Google, focusing on effective and secure use of Unicode (especially in the index and search pipeline), the software internationalization libraries (including ICU), and stable international identifiers.

Lisa Moore
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, & UTC Chair

 Lisa Moore, Senior Manager, works for IBM where she manages the globalization of IBM's Information Management (IM) products. Her organization leads the globalization and translation efforts at the Silicon Valley Lab (SVL) in San Jose, California, and she manages the adoption of new globalization features for the IM portfolio of products.

 In the IT industry, Lisa has contributed actively to the ongoing development of the Unicode Standard since 1993.  She was co-author of the Unicode Standard, Versions 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. She was appointed a Vice President of the Unicode Consortium in 1996 and has been chair of the Unicode Technical Committee, and vice-chair of the INCITS L2 Committee (US National Standards Body Character Encoding Committee) since May,1999, in which capacity she manages the technical agenda of the Unicode Standard decision-making body.  She chaired or co-chaired International Unicode Conferences from 1995 through 2005, running the conference program committee.  She was a keynote speaker at LRC XI in 2006, an invited panelist on localization and standards at GK3 2007, the keynote speaker at the International Telugu Internet Conference 2011, on the program committee of the Conference on Human Language Technology for Development 2011 (HLTD2011), and is on the editorial board of Localization Focus. In February, 2012 she became Chief Financial Officer of the Consortium.  

 Lisa has received awards in recognition of her Unicode and globalization contributions from IBM and INCITS.      

Michel Suignard,
Vice President & Secretary

Mr. Michel Suignard worked for more than twenty five years at Microsoft where he held various positions in the development and sales divisions. He was involved in the development of OS/2, Windows, and more recently Vista in areas such as globalization, coded character sets, and typography. He is now self-employed and is keeping an interest in standardization work such as coded characters set and International Domain Names (IDN). Michel is also the project editor of ISO/IEC 10646 which is the ISO standard aligned with the Unicode Standard.

Peter Constable
Vice President

Peter Constable grew up in eastern Canada and studied Applied Math at the University of Waterloo. He went on to studied in Linguistics and to work as a linguistics teacher and researcher with SIL International, including five years working in Thailand. While in Thailand, he was exposed to challenges of supporting non-Latin scripts in software systems and digital fonts. He began working on software internationalization in 1996 and became active in work on Unicode and other i18n standards activities shortly thereafter. Since 2003, he has worked for Microsoft on various projects related to Unicode and internationalization as part of the Windows engineering team. He became a Unicode technical director in 2008 and a Vice President in 2013.

Technical Officers
Rick McGowan
Technical Vice President & IUC Conference Chair

Mr. Rick McGowan was appointed Technical Director of Unicode, Inc. in July 1992, then Vice President in 1998. He became Technical Vice President in 2011. In 2001, he joined Unicode as a Sr. software engineer and a member of its staff. Prior to that Rick was employed by NeXT Software, Inc. and subsequently Apple Computer, Inc. He joined Unicode, Inc. to provide dedicated technical expertise. Mr. McGowan has long been an active participant in the Unicode Technical Committee, and participated in the working group prior to the formation of the Consortium. He is now active in the development of proposals for the standardization of Scripts not currently included in the Standard. He is also Chair of the Internationalization and Unicode Conference Program Committee.

Deborah Anderson
Technical Director

Dr. Deborah Anderson joined the Unicode Consortium as a technical director in 2007. Prior to that she was involved in the Unicode effort as an invited expert then as UC Berkeley's representative to the Unicode Consortium since 2005. Deborah is a researcher in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley and runs its Script Encoding Initiative (and ran its NEH-sponsored sibling, the Universal Scripts Project).  She received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Indo-European Studies. 

Ken Whistler
Technical Director

Dr. Ken Whistler is working at SAP in database software, implementing Unicode in database-related products. Dr. Whistler was formerly at Metaphor, Inc., where he helped design and implement the Unicode-based internationalization of the Metaphor Data Interpretation Systems. He has a BA in Chinese from Stanford University, 1972 and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, 1980. He pursued an early career in Sinology, learning both Japanese and Chinese in the course of studying in Japan and in Taiwan. His graduate work focused on the Native American languages of California, including an extended period of field work, archival work, and lexicography. He has developed and marketed text analysis software for linguists.

Markus Scherer
Technical Director

Markus Scherer is a member of the Google software internationalization team, focusing on the effective use of Unicode and on the development and deployment of cross-product internationalization libraries. Previously, he was manager, tech lead and software engineer at IBM. He has been a major contributor to ICU since 1999 and designed and developed significant portions of the character conversion, bidi, normalization, Unicode properties, and collation functionality. Markus is an alumnus of the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Technical Committee Chairs
Steven R. Loomis
ULI-TC Chair

Steven R. Loomis has been a member of the Globalization Center of Competency at IBM San José for over 15 years, where he is the Technical Lead for the International Components for Unicode for C/C++ (ICU4C). After discovering the world of internationalization during a temporary assignment to a bidirectional text project, he joined the ICU team in 1998. He assisted with the formation of the CLDR project, and continues to develop and maintain its Survey Tool data collection application. Besides speaking at IUC conferences, he has presented before the International Mac Users (IMUG), the Localization Certification Program of CSU Chico, as well as internal IBM events. His hobbies include Maltese language advocacy.

Craig Cummings
UTC Vice-Chair

Craig has been working in the field of software globalization for over twenty years. Before his recent role at Informatica, Craig was at Zynga making games in a variety of languages including Arabic. Before that, at Yahoo! Inc., he helped drive corporate technical strategy for internationalization with a particular focus on Middle Eastern markets. Prior to that, Craig was with Oracle's Applications globalization team where he worked closely with Sun's internationalization team to shape some of the pluggable locale, resource bundle, font, and supplementary character support in Java.

emmons John Emmons

Mr. Emmons is currently a senior software engineer for the IBM corporation and has been extensively involved in software internationalization for more than 24 years. He first served as the lead globalization architect for IBM's AIX operating system, and now contributes as a member of IBM's ICU development team. His major areas of expertise are in operating systems development and complex text layout technologies. Since 2005, John has been working extensively on Unicode's CLDR project, and is currently serving as the chairman of Unicode's CLDR technical committee.

Uwe Stahlschmidt
ULI-TC Vice-Chair

Uwe Stahlschmidt has worked in the field of internationalization/localization at Microsoft since 1993. He spent most of his career in the Windows Team, taking on various roles in Engineering, Program and Project Management, Business Management, and has participated in every major Windows release. Uwe currently holds a dual role in the Operating Systems Group: leading the International Business Management Function and managing an engineering team responsible for developing localization infrastructure systems.

Julie Allen, 1997 to present
Sr. Editor & Project Manager

Julie Allen has been involved with the Unicode Standard since Version 2.1, writing, editing and managing various projects for the Consortium. She earned a Ph.D. in Germanics from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in English and German from the University of Michigan. She works hard to translate long convoluted sentences into clear, precise prose and to keep group projects moving forward on schedule.

Ellen Mastros, 2012 to present
Office Manager

Ellen brings years of administrative experience in a variety of industries and settings including corporate as well as non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration.

Rick McGowan, 2001 to present
Sr. Software Engineer

See under Technical Officers above.