The SIP Forum, an IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities that promote and advance SIP-based technology, has announced the recent re-election of industry veteran and VoIP pioneer Richard Shockey to the Board of Directors, and the election of Shockey as new Board Chairman.

Additionally, the Forum has re-elected Dr. Eric Burger to the Board of Directors and named him Chairman Emeritus, and elected Dr. Alan Johnston to the Board.

Richard Shockey, founder of Shockey Consulting, is an industry veteran with a decades-long and distinguished track record in helping shape numerous technical standards that have become the foundation for today’s SIP-based next generation network infrastructure and application ecosystem.

Richard Shockey

He served as a Director and Member of Neustar Inc.’s Technical Staff, which provides a number of critical services to the communications industry including the administration of all telephone numbers in North America, management of the wireline and wireless Number Portability Administration, number pooling, and OSS products for carriers.

“I look forward to continuing to build on the solid foundation left by my predecessor, Dr. Eric Burger, and ensuring the successful completion of the important work in progress in the SIPconnect, Fax-over-IP and User Agent Configuration task groups. I also look forward to expanding the work of the SIP Forum into new and exciting industry sectors, including Smart Grid and Unified Communications,” said Shockey.

Rejoining the SIP Forum Board of Directors, Dr. Alan Johnston brings nearly two decades of industry experience. He has been involved with SIP and VoIP since the mid-1990s, helping to spearhead the development and adoption of SIP and VoIP in both the service provider and enterprise markets.

Alan Johnston

He served as an architect on the first enterprise SIP VoIP product in the U.S. as a Distinguished Technical Member at MCI.

He co-authored the SIP protocol specification RFC 3261 and edited the Basic and PSTN call flows Best Current Practices documents, RFC 3665 and RFC 3666, along with additional RFCs. He has also worked on SIP Service Examples, Peer-to-Peer SIP and security, and co-authored the ZRTP protocol.

He is currently a Consulting Member of the Technical Staff of Avaya.

“As SIP approaches critical mass in the market, the SIP Forum continues to play a significant role breaking down the barriers to true interoperability between vendors, platforms, applications and more,” said Johnston.

“This highly respected organization is shaping the future of how companies, customers and users communicate, and I am honored to be rejoining the board.”

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