Sensor start-up recruits Ford exec as Chairman - Embedded.com

Sensor start-up recruits Ford exec as Chairman

LONDON — Ford’s Chief Technical Officer, Global Product Development and Group Vice President, Dr Richard Parry-Jones CBE, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman at North Wales-based, DeepStream Technologies, a start-up developing sensor technology.

Deepstream was set up in 2004 to develop miniature, integrated 3D digital sensor technology for electromechanical and analogue devices, enabling more intelligent electrical products.

Dr Parry-Jones's job at Ford Motor Company is to oversee product development activities for all Ford Motor Company vehicles worldwide, as well as the design, research and vehicle technology functions. He heads a technical staff of 30,000 engineers, scientists, designers and business professionals in North America, Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. He also has strong academic links and is a Visiting Professor and Pro-Chancellor of Loughborough University

Born in Bangor, Dr Parry-Jones was warded a CBE in 2005 for services to the automotive industry, Parry-Jones is an elected fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Dr Parry-Jones said, “DeepStream has developed a new technique for manufacturing digital sensors that will revolutionise electrical products to make them more intelligent, with the potential to change how we live and work for the better. Its potential is particularly appropriate as the world seeks cost-effective ways to manage the use of electric power more efficiently in response to concerns about global warming.

Mark Crosier, Chief Executive Officer, DeepStream Technologies, added, “We are excited that someone of Richard’s experience and standing has such a strong belief in our company and technology and we believe his expertise will be invaluable in our future development as a global player.”

DeepStream has research, development and high volume manufacturing facilities in Bangor, North Wales, and has secured both private and public funding from organisations including Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, HSBC and the Welsh Assembly Government.

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