BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, December 2, 2019 — IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries announces a leadership change within the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF). At the end of the year, Colette Buscemi, senior director, IPCEF, will leave the Foundation and Charlene Gunter du Plessis, who currently serves as the Foundation’s director of strategic partnerships and programs, will transition into the role of senior director.

Since the Foundation’s inception, Buscemi has successfully built out the philanthropic arm of IPC and took the foundation from an aspiring start-up to an established and fully operational education foundation focused on building a stronger global talent pipeline for the electronics industry. Her accomplishments include the creation of a network of IPC student chapters at universities and community colleges, partnerships with industry leaders to establish and fund an internationally recognized academic scholarship program, and curriculum and credentialing pilot program development oriented to high school students and career technical education instructors.

"I am deeply grateful for the hard work, leadership and creativity that Colette has brought to her role as the Education Foundation’s leader, and the achievements she and her team have made,” said John Mitchell, IPC President and CEO. “I am also grateful to have a phenomenal talent like Charlene who has been with IPC since 2018, step into the role seamlessly.”

Added Buscemi, “I am so pleased that Charlene will be taking the leadership mantle at the Foundation. “She has been a terrific partner and has everything it takes to ensure the continued success of the Foundation in its next phase.”

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