E. James “Jim” Prendergast is IEEE’s new executive director. He started on 6 April in Piscataway, N.J., succeeding Jeffry W. Raynes, who resigned last June.
An IEEE senior member, Prendergast is serving as IEEE’s chief operating officer, managing a staff of more than 1000 employees.
Prior to joining the IEEE staff, he was corporate vice president and chief technology officer of DuPont Electronic & Communication Technologies, in Wilmington, Del., a leading supplier of electronic materials, fluorochemicals, and imaging technologies. Previously, he was vice president and director of Motorola’s Physical Sciences Research Laboratories. Prior to that, he worked for AT&T Bell Labs, where he led the development, installation, and support of process- and device-modeling tools for silicon and gallium arsenide technologies. He’s been an IEEE member for 32 years.