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J. Alan Bird Global Business Development Leader

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Alan Bird is the Global Business Development Lead for W3C. In this role, Mr. Bird leads W3C staff efforts internationally to strengthen the W3C Membership program, identify business development strategies, and seek new revenue streams to support the organization. Alan joined W3C in January 2011.

Before joining W3C, Alan was a key executive in two small information security companies where he drove strategic business development. Prior to these appointments, he spent several years each with IBM, Compuware, Legent, and Cullinet in a wide variety of roles, many of which involved creating new business opportunities. Earlier in his career, he worked in the IT organization of Burlington Industries, AVX Ceramics, Family Dollar Stores, and Ingersoll-Rand. This combination of work experiences has provided Alan with a solid foundation from which to drive W3C’s business development activities.

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Marie-Claire Forgue Head of W3C Training

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Marie-Claire Forgue now serves as Head of W3C Training and is a passionate advocate for the Web Developer community. She recently developed the W3Cx MOOC program, in partnership with edX, one of the leading MOOC platforms. Previously, she crafted the W3DevCampus portal where Web developers worldwide can sign up for W3C online training courses related to mobile Web and HTML5 technologies. Additionally, Marie-Claire participates in the dissemination activities of European projects administered by ERCIM. She joined W3C in 2001 and served as Head of W3C European Communications for over 10 years.

Marie-Claire received a Ph.D. degree (computer graphics and parallel processing) in Computer Science from the University of Nice and INRIA, France. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dynamic Graphics Project Lab at the University of Toronto, Canada, she worked in NTT's Human Interface Lab, Japan, for two years. Her research interests were focused on illumination algorithms and scene modeling. After that, she studied filmmaking in Vancouver, Canada. She has directed several short films and documentaries, and got interested in interactive multimedia back in 1993.

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Bernard Gidon EMEA Business Development leader

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Bernard Gidon joined W3C in 2011 to lead business development in Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA). He is based in Sophia Antipolis, France. In the last 20 years, he has developed organizations and activities for hardware, software and telecom companies (Apricot,Softway, Retix, Vertel, AdvenNet, Plantronics) with channel and direct accounts activities. Bernard's background in business development and sales activities, brings to W3C growth capabilities in EMEA.
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Karen Myers Business Development Lead, Americas and Australia and Media and Analyst Relations


Karen Myers manages Membership recruiting activities for the Americas and Australia and oversees global media and analyst relations at W3C. She originally joined W3C July 2004 to support media relations, member communications, speaking engagements, and special assignments such as W3C10, the World Wide Web's ten year anniversary celebration. Prior to W3C, Karen ran her own company and also worked for marketing and communications agencies such as Leo Burnett Technology Group, where she established a ten-person strategic planning group in Boston, and managed a global client services team in Frankfurt, Germany. She has consulted for a diversity of technology clients including Akamai, Allaire, Aprisma, Axis, CMGI, Digital, Comdial,Computer Associates, Heidelberg, IBM, Information Builders, KPMG, and Unisys.

Sam Sugimoto Asia Business Development Leader


Osamu "Sam" Sugimoto is the Asia Business Development Leader at W3C Keio University. In 1993 while he was working as a visiting scholar at Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department, he pioneered eCommerce in Japan specializing in selling books and media products into the Japanese retail/wholesale market. Since then he was running various startup companies as a founder/co-founder/board of director until he joined W3C Keio in March 2013. He has given lectures at numerous Japanese government & trade meetings including METI, DA, and MAFF. Project Associate Professor of Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance. Former Associate Professor of Tohoku University.
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Olive Xu China BizDev Lead & Marcomm Resources


Olive Xu comes onboard to the W3C/Beihang Host team from May 1, 2016 as Business Development Lead for great China regions and global Marketing Communication Resources. Her past experience are mainly focusing on the licensing, pricing, sales and business development which are in all directions of high tech service, product and solutions, those working background come from the Senior Licensing and Pricing Executive in Microsoft, Regional Services Sales manager in F5 Networks Inc., the Senior Business Development Manager for MS-Novell interop collaboration program in Microsoft China, the Advisory Territory Sales in IBM China and the Account Manager in Global One/Orange.
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Naomi Yoshizawa


Naomi joined the team in July 2010 to provide member relations, administration, finance, contract and personnel at W3C/Keio University. She has newly joined MarComm team as well since 1 April 2015. Prior to joining W3C, Naomi worked at AT&T Japan as a manager of Marketing Communications for AT&T World Access. She worked on a team that created an innovative prepaid card, produced publications and bids for designs and developed sales channels. She was awarded a Grand Prize for Best Operations Coordinator in 1996.