FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2011

SCHUMER-RECOMMENDED NOMINEE DR. JULIE SHIMER APPOINTED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA TO COMMERCE DEPT. INNOVATION ADVISORY BOARD


Shimer’s 20 Years of Leadership in Computer Networking, Wireless Communications and Medical Technologies Are Essential for Board’s Focus on Nation’s Economic Competitiveness and Innovative Capacity

Recommended By Schumer in April, Shimer Will Join 14 Other National Leaders of Innovation to Advise Commerce Secretary Locke

Schumer: Shimer Embodies Best Qualities of the Communications and Computer Industry and Will Be Invaluable Board Member

Today, United States Senator Charles Schumer announced that the Commerce Department has appointed Julie Shimer to the Innovation Advisory Board, created under the COMPETES Act. Senator Schumer recommended Shimer for this role, based on her leadership in computer networking, wireless communications and medical technology, all of which would bring critical innovative knowledge to the Board. With an extensive 20 year career in these industries, in addition to being the first female President and CEO of Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls, Schumer states that Dr. Julie Shimer will be an invaluable addition to the Innovation Advisory Board’s forward-thinking minds.  

“I am proud to have recommended Dr. Julie Shimer for her appointment to the Innovation Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Commerce,” said Schumer. “As the President and CEO of a New York business competing in the global economy, she enjoys an astute appreciation of global competitive pressures on American companies, and will bring her experience and extensive technological expertise to the deliberations of the Board. I am confident that she will continue to prove to be a strong leader on questions of scientific innovation.”

Dr. Shimer began working for Welch Allyn, a privately-held manufacturer of medical equipment and diagnostics headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York, in 2002.  Just five years later, she became the President and CEO, and is the first woman to hold this post in the company’s 95-year history.  Shimer has over 20 years of leadership experience in the computer networking and wireless communications industries, including executive positions at 3Com Corporation, Motorola, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Company. Schumer states that Dr. Shimer will be an invaluable asset to the Innovation Advisory Board, as it seeks to promote and expand our nation’s competitiveness in the world economy.

The Innovation Advisory Board, which was created under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, is responsible for drafting a study of the best ways to maintain our lead over global economic competitors in education, scientific discovery and technological innovation. The 15 appointed board members will complete the study by 2012, advising Gary Locke, the Secretary of Commerce, on issues related to the scope of the United States’ economic competitiveness and innovative potential.

Dr. Shimer’s vast base of knowledge and experience in the field of computer networking and wireless communication undoubtedly prepare her for this role as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Innovation Advisory Board. With 20 years of proven leadership in the wireless communications, computer networking and medical technologies, including being the first female President and CEO of Welch Allyn, Dr. Julie Shimer will be an invaluable addition to the Innovation Advisory Board.  

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