Digital Transformation Through Global Standards


FieldComm Group began operations on January 1, 2015 by combining all assets of the former Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. 

FieldComm Group is a global standards-based non-profit member organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of communication technologies for the process industries. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies. In addition to HART and Foundation Fieldbus communication technologies, FieldComm Group is responsible for ongoing development of Field Device Integration (FDI) Technology.

The establishment of the FieldComm Group allows developers of digital open standards to better collaborate on new and existing technologies and to increase market share of digital field devices in the total device market.


  • Develop, manage, and promote global standards for integrating digital devices to on-site, mobile, and cloud based systems

  • Provide services for standards conformance and implementation of process automation devices and systems that enable and improve reliability and multi-vendor interoperability

  • Lead the development of a unified information model of process automation field devices while building upon industry investment in the HART®, FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus and FDI™ standards



Ted Masters

President and CEO

Mr. Masters has held leadership roles in a wide variety of technology companies supporting the process industry for over 30 years. He has experience in managing the growth and delivery of products, software and service solutions to industrial markets. His career has been centered around the conversion of operational data into actionable intelligence and helping users make better decisions to capture the value by integration into business systems and processes.

Wally Pratt

Director – Field Communication Protocols

Wally Pratt is a Director of HART Technology at FieldComm Group. He has over 35 years experience designing, developing and supporting embedded real-time systems, digital signal processing, continuous and batching  controls, process and environmental instrumentation and digital communications protocols and systems. He was the technical lead for the development and introduction of C8PSK Physical Layer ("High Speed HART"), WirelessHART, and HART-IP. Mr. Pratt is the architect of the HART and WirelessHART Test Systems. He joined the HART Communication Foundation (now FieldComm Group) in 1994.

Stephen Mitschke

Director – Standards Development & Technical Services

As Programs Director, Stephen is responsible for organizing FieldComm Group’s technology portfolio under a consistent set of policies and procedures to deliver leading edge technologies and innovations for the automation industry.  He has extensive background in information system planning, technology development, software engineering and conformity assessment programs. Throughout his career he has worked with international standard bodies and standard setting organizations to create collaborative environments that deliver high quality, market relevant standards. With over 20 years of experience in design, development and deployment of FOUNDATION Fieldbus, he is responsible for its ongoing standardization, conformance and interoperability test programs. Stephen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin,TX.

Sean Vincent

Director – Technology Programs

Sean Vincent is Director of Technical Services with responsibility for conformance testing, product registration, and technical support. His experience includes HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, and FDI technology related projects as a product developer, test engineer, field application engineer, and technical trainer. Throughout his career, Sean has designed, developed, and supported embedded real-time systems as well as implementing various digital communications protocols and control systems. He administered successful product registration programs for the former Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. Sean is committed to improving the technologies and service of the FieldComm Group.

Paul Sereiko

Director - Marketing and Product Strategy

Mr. Sereiko is responsible for guiding worldwide marketing efforts to position FieldComm Group technologies in the marketplace, expand membership and increase the adoption of digital automation solutions in plant environments across the world. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Marketing & Finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Achim Laubenstein

Director – IIoT Integration Strategies

Mr. Laubenstein has held various product, technology and project management roles in process automation and machine manufacturing companies. He has experience in the domains of automation, industrial communication and system engineering. His career recently focused on setting up and managing standardization organizations and cross company technology and software development for international standards specifically for device integration. Mr. Laubenstein holds a degree in electrical engineering.


Board of Directors

Ted Masters

President and CEO - FieldComm Group

Mr. Masters has held leadership roles in a wide variety of technology companies supporting the process industry for over 30 years. He has experience in managing the growth and delivery of products, software and service solutions to industrial markets. His career has been centered around the conversion of operational data into actionable intelligence and helping users make better decisions to capture the value by integration into business systems and processes.


Chairman of the Board

Thoralf Schulz

Global Technology Manager Control Technologies in Process Automation - ABB

Mr. Schulz is Global Technology Manager Control Technologies in Process Automation and is responsible for Technology Strategy and Product Development in ABB’s Control Technologies business. He has more than 20 years of experience in the process automation and process industry. Mr. Schulz holds master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration.

Takeshi Kawai

Principal Fellow - Azbil North America Research and Development Inc.

Mr. Kawai is Principal Fellow at Azbil North America Research and Development Inc. in Santa Clara, California, a company that plays a major role in technological development, technological research and operations related to international standardization.

Hans Fiesel

Technology Director - Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG

Mr. Fiesel is the Technology Director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, located in Reinach, Switzerland. He has broad experience across several industries, in the domains of automation, digital communication, HW- and SW-development, collected over the past 30 years. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and a degree in applied software science.

Peter Zornio

Chief Technology Officer​ - Emerson

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Emerson Automation Solutions, Mr. Zornio has responsibility for overall coordination of technology programs, product and portfolio direction and industry standards across the Automation Solutions group. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automation industry working across sensors, control systems and manufacturing software. Mr. Zornio holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Yugo Sunaga

Senior Manager of Control Technology Development Department - Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Japan

Mr. Sunaga is Senior Manager of Control Technology Development Department for Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Japan. He is responsible for developing, planning and Quality Assurance at Fuji’s Industrial and Instrumentation Systems and Equipment. He has over 25 years of experience in industrial automation and Control network systems and has high expertise in the development of network protocols and the systems.

Paul McLaughlin

Chief Engineer, Honeywell Distinguished Fellow - ​Honeywell Process Solutions

Mr. McLaughlin is Chief Engineer for Honeywell Process Solutions and leads the Global Architecture Team within the company’s Technology organization. Mr. McLaughlin has over 30 years of experience in industrial automation which includes leadership of architecture and design projects and R&D center management, and has been awarded over 30 patents.

Lutz Liebers

President, Process Automation Division - PEPPERL+FUCHS

Lutz Liebers has a master’s degree in Industrial Electronics (Dipl.-Ing.) from a university in Görlitz, Germany and has over 25 years of experience in Instrumentation and Process Automation industries. He started his career with Numerik where he led a group of engineers responsible for PLC equipment testing. In 1989 Mr. Liebers joined Pepperl+Fuchs as Sales Engineer and was very successful at building up the Eastern German Sales Organization. In 1997 he became responsible for Project Pursuit activities. In 2003 he was promoted to Director Global Projects and Global Account Management. He was also responsible for the Project and Key Account activities as well as Business Development Management and Global Technical Support. In January of 2015 Mr. Liebers was promoted to the position of President of the Process Automation Division at Pepperl+Fuchs.


Shannon Foos

Segment Manager for Process Automation Networks, Integration and Asset Management - Rockwell Automation

Ms. Foos is Segment Manager for Process Automation Networks, Integration and Asset Management and is responsible for Rockwell Automation's strategies and product development in those areas. She has more than 20 years of experience in the process industry and has held positions with automation system providers in implementation, consulting, marketing, product management and strategy. Ms. Foos is a degreed Chemical Engineer and a registered Professional Engineer in Control Systems with the state of Ohio. 

John Eva

Senior Vice President - Schneider Electric

Mr. Eva has more than 35 years of experience in the process control industry.  He started with Servomex Ltd. in 1974 designing gas analyzers. In 1982, Mr. Eva joined The Foxboro Company (now a unit of Schneider Electric), where he has held a variety of management positions in technology, development, marketing, customer service, customer support, global customer and EPC accounts. Mr. Eva was educated in England, where he obtained a masters degree in Systems Engineering.  He had been active with the Fieldbus Foundation since 1998 and currently serves on the board of directors of the FieldComm Group.

Hartmut Klocker

Vice President Process Automation and Engineering Systems – Siemens AG

Mr. Klocker is General Manager for the business with control systems and engineering software in process industries, based in Karlsruhe, Germany. He has more than 20 years of experience in project management for the chemical industry as well as in automation products and solution business.

Seiichiro Takahashi

General Manager, Technology Marketing - Yokogawa Electric Corporation 

Mr. Seiichiro Takahashi is a General Manager for Technology Marketing at Yokogawa Electric Corporation, with main focus on field network technologies in process automation. He has more than 30 years of experience in the process automation and field digital communication technologies, which includes management of field instrument and architecture development.

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Bernhard Gut

Regional Marketing Director, Europe

Mr. Gut started his business career at Endress + Hauser. From 1979 to 1995, he held the position of Product Manager at the Research & Development and Marketing department. Then he was the Project Manager for national and international projects. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Gut was the head of various departments relating to process automation solutions until he assumed the leading responsibility as the Head of Electrical Engineering in 2014.

Hiroyuki Tsugane

Regional Marketing Director,  Asia Pacific

Mr. Hiroyuki Tsugane has over 40 years of experience in the field of process automation, including plant maintenance, construction and operation improvements. He was engaged in many leading roles throughout his career, with the latest one being the leading project manager of Digital Field Solution at Azbil Corporation where he worked on business development for HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus solutions. Mr. Tsugane holds a degree in Engineering from Keio University.

Dr. Minhui Wu

Director of Marketing, China

Dr. Minhui Wu started developing FieldComm Group China business 5 years ago as director of HART Communication Foundation - China. Before joining FieldComm Group, he worked for Autodesk, an U.S.A. based design software company and Qihoo 360, a China based internet security company. Dr. Wu holds Bachelor's Degree in Automatic Control and Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence. 

Mohammed (Mo) Loch

Director of Marketing, Middle East

Mohammed (Mo) Loch is the President & CEO of DMS Global which reports on energy related projects around the world through their online project database known as the DMS Project Matrix.   Mo is also the Director Industry Relations for the International Society of Automation (ISA) as well as the Partner Middle East, Africa & South East Asia for the ARC Advisory.  He also serves as the Regional Director Middle East for the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) and is the Director Market Intelligence for the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

As the FieldComm Group Regional Director for Middle East, Mr. Loch is handling the development and execution of regional marketing strategies and plans and building support for their activities using ambassadors in each country to develop and host localized education and training events aimed at users and suppliers for FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART, WirelessHART and FDI technologies.