On Board

by Don Rodriguez

An executive involved in some of Intel’s noteworthy strategic moves and a co-founder of the region’s key provider of services and products for simulation, product development and rapid prototyping have been elected unanimously by the Arizona Technology Council’s board of directors to serve as chair and vice-chair, respectively.

Chair David Tuhy is general manager, NSG Software Division, Intel®, and Vice-Chair Eric Miller is co-founder and principal of Tempebased PADT.

“Both David and Eric have made significant contributions to the Council’s strategy and overall success during their tenure on the board,” says Steven G. Zylstra, the Council’s president and CEO. “Their knowledge of the innovation ecosystem and expertise in their respective fields will continue to be an important asset as we advance our agenda designed to boost the economic contributions the technology industry brings to Arizona.”

In addition to Tuhy’s and Miller’s appointments, board members Rebecca Clyde, Rick Nielsen and Kerry Zunkowski were elected to the Council’s executive committee for terms ending October 31, 2019. At the annual board meeting in October, all officers and executive committee members are to be elected or reelected for one-year terms.

Tuhy is general manager of the Software Division for the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (NSG), which is focused on expanding the use of super-fast, solid-state drives through internally developed software products and ecosystem development. He manages the P&L for two NSG software products: Intel Cache Acceleration Software and Intel Virtual RAID on CPU software. Tuhy also was a key member of the team that convinced Apple in 2005 to use Intel architecture-based processors for its computers. He drove the Intel investment in LogMeIn, which went public in 2009 and is now a $5-billion market capitalization company, and the Intel acquisition of WhamCloud for its leading Lustre storage software products.

Miller’s role as co-founder and principal of PADT encompasses oversight of simulation and product development consulting, IT, marketing, operations, human resources and administration. He is not only a successful engineer but also serves as a mentor to startups and small businesses. Miller often speaks on the use of simulation to drive product development, as well as the effective application of 3D printing. He also serves on the BioAccel Advisory Council and the screening committee of Arizona Technology Investors, and as a mentor for the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Venture Ready program.

Clyde is the co-founder of Ideas Collide and founder of the early stage chatbot startup Botco.ai. She leads Ideas Collide’s technology industry practice, innovation and marketing automation strategies.

Nielsen is the director of technology, CB operations and engineering for Cox Communications’ Southwest Region, which includes Phoenix, Tucson and other portions of Southern Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nev.

Zunkowski is vice president of People Operations at Chandler-based Keap. She plays a key role in driving organizational effectiveness critical to Infusionsoft’s continued growth. Her career path has provided her with relevant experience in finance and accounting, as well as human resources.

At an earlier board meeting, Jan Janick, chief technology officer and vice president, Global Engineering at Benchmark Electronics, was elected unanimously to serve a threeyear term on the board. He currently leads technology development and innovations at Benchmark, which move its headquarters to Tempe from Texas earlier this year.

The Council’s board of directors serves an advisory and fiduciary role by representing the interests of the state’s technology industries in the group’s strategic planning and ongoing operations. The current board includes 36 members representing a diverse set of organizations.

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