Ted Masters is the new president and CEO of the HART Communications Foundation. He will succeed Ron Helson, who has been the foundation's chief executive since 1993, and is retiring as executive director. Helson will work closely with Masters to ensure an orderly transition of foundation initiatives and no interruption in day-to-day operations.
Masters comes to the foundation with a wealth of business experience and origins in process control and instrumentation. He has worked in leadership roles with both instrumentation and systems companies and served as president at the former Elcon Instruments, makers of signal conditioning I/O and HART products. In addition, he has executive-level experience in predictive analytics and smart devices, and brings to bear a solid understanding from the users' perspective.
"Ron Helson has served the Foundation well for 20+ years. His dedication and vision are responsible for the success of the foundation and HART technology. We wish Ron well in his retirement," says Mark Schumacher, chairman of the HART Communication Foundation board. "I am very pleased and excited about the appointment of Ted Masters to succeed Ron in this very important role, both for the foundation and for the industry. Ted's leadership capability, technology expertise and commitment to excellence will ensure the ongoing success of the HART technology for the benefit of the member companies and the end users."