Dean Holman named as President/Executive Director of VITA

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. VITA, the trade association for standard computing architectures serving critical embedded-systems industries, announced that Dean Holman is VITA's President and Executive Director, effective February 1, 2022. Jerry Gipper, the previous Executive Director, will continue as VITA’s Marketing Director.

"I am honored and extremely excited to be taking on this leadership role within VITA," Holman says. “I look forward to applying my experience in building international teams, driving process/quality improvements, and ensuring customer success to lead VITA in its ‘Open standards, open markets’ mission of producing open interoperability standards to enable future system designs.”

Holman has an extensive history with VITA, going back to 2004 when he began participating in VITA as Technical Editor of the VITA 46 VPX working group while at Mercury Systems. In 2011, the membership elected Holman as Chairman of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) where he leads the bimonthly standards meetings and guides the working groups through the standards development process. He joined VITA as VP and Assistant Executive Director in March 2021 and has spent the past 10 months getting acquainted with the business-management tools and processes.

This new role will enable Holman to leverage more than three decades of leadership in the aerospace and defense industry to advance the development, publication, and adoption of next generation leading edge standards.

Gipper will also continue his role as Editorial Director of VITA Technologies magazine and host of the Embedded Tech Trends conference.

About VITA

Founded in 1984, VITA is an incorporated, non-profit organization of suppliers and users who share a common market interest in critical embedded systems. VITA champions open system architectures. Its activities are international in scope, technical, promotional, and user-centric. VITA aims to increase total market size for its members, expand market exposure for suppliers, and deliver timely technical information. VITA has American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) accreditation to develop standards (VME, VXS, VPX, OpenVPX, VPX REDI, XMC, FMC, FMC+, VNX, Reliability Community, etc.) for embedded systems used in a myriad of critical applications and harsh environments.

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