Industry Advisory Board Chair
Learn more about the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) chair. The chair is selected by a majority vote of the Industry Advisory Board members to serve for a two-year term.

The Industry Advisory Board (IAB) chair is selected by a majority vote of the Industry Advisory Board members to serve for a two-year term. The chair works with the IEEE Computer Society executive director and governance leadership to reach agreements on issues that are relevant and in support of the computer society’s role as a leading provider of computing products and services and technology information to the society’s membership and the global community.

Since the inception of the Industry Advisory Board in 2008, four members have served in the capacity of chair.

  • Past Chair, Dr. Stephen D. Huffman, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, MITRE Corporation was elected inaugural chair at the first Industry Advisory Board meeting held in May 2008.  Past chair, Dr. Huffman served from May 2008 to February 2011.
  • Past Chair, Dr. Harold Javid, Director, North America & Global Programs External Research, Microsoft Research,  became chair in March 2011 and served to December 2012.  Dr. Javid ran for a seat on the society’s Board of Governors and was elected to begin a three-year term 1 January 2013.
  • The Industry Advisory Board past chair is Mr. Shmuel Shottan, Senior Vice President of Product Operations & Technology, Hitachi Data Systems.  Mr. Shottan joined the IAB in June 2010 and assumed the role of chair in January 2013.


Current IAB Chair

Rufo de FranciscoRufo De Francisco is the Director of Software Quality at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for all aspects of software quality and reliability across all of Intel’s business groups and product segments. De Francisco also chairs the Intel Software Directors Council, a software leadership network to enhance sharing and proliferation of best-of-class software engineering practices.

Prior to assuming his current role, De Francisco held senior software engineering management positions in the Software and Services Group. He led the Startup and Enterprise Applications team, a companywide, multidisciplinary software development organization responsible for the installation, licensing, activation and distribution of the Intel® Software Development Tools. De Francisco managed the Software Product Validation team, overseeing the development and execution of validation plans and risk control strategies to ensure timely and high-quality releases of a wide range of Intel software products.

De Francisco joined Intel in 1992 as a software test engineer in charge of quality assurance of the Intel compilers. De Francisco received a master’s degree in Computer Science in 1992 from the University of Arizona, where he studied under a Fulbright scholarship. He earned a master’s degree in Electronic Physics in 1988 and a bachelor’s degree in Physics in 1986, both from the University of Salamanca, Spain. De Francisco is a member of the IEEE Computer Society Industry Advisory Board.