HGF LogoBarbara Stark, lead member of technical staff in the strategic standards organisation of AT&T and a board member of the HomeGrid Forum since June 2013 following its merger with HomePNA, has been elected as chair of the Board.

David Thorne, chief researcher (Broadband and Access) at BT Technology, Service & Operations, has been elected as vice president. John Egan continues as president.

With over 25 years’ experience in telecommunications with AT&T, Stark has a strong reputation for driving consensus and developments and has been involved for many years in a number of standards bodies and forums, including Broadband Forum, UPnP Forum, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), IETF, National Emergency Number Association (NENA), Wi-Fi Alliance, HomePNA (on the Board of Directors), and BITAG. In the Broadband Forum she participated in the creation of the acclaimed TR-069 (CPE WAN Management Protocol) and has edited a variety of Broadband Forum Technical Reports (TRs).

Dr Thorne has been with BT for 25 years. His current role includes providing consultancy to all BT lines of business regarding access and home networking technologies. His career has included a range of responsibilities in BT, such as running pioneering developments for structured cabling, the evaluation of business LAN performance and home network technologies, creating many original specifications and establishing BT testing of ADSL modems. He is also an active member of a number of international standards organizations including the Home Gateway Initiative and the Broadband Forum, where he chairs the End to End Architecture Group.

“Both Barbara and David take on these roles at a key moment for HomeGrid,” commented president John Egan. “Their expertise and knowledge of service providers is something that will bring us significant benefit as we roll out more operator trials and early deployments of G.hn, while also advising us on migration strategies from HomePNA to G.hn.”