EDINBURGH, Scotland--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Board of pureVLC, the communications technology company, announces that Professor Russel Griggs OBE has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman. He replaces David Kirk, who remains an adviser to the company. The Board also announces that co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Gordon Povey has left the company. The Board and Russel Griggs are overseeing the search for the correct leadership for the company going forward.
The Board would like to extend its thanks to Gordon Povey and David Kirk for their contributions to pureVLC. While Gordon was instrumental in the early Proof of Concept phase, through the university spin-out process to early stage funding, David Kirk helped the company through a crucial stage to achieve a major milestone in the form of its first product launch.
Professor Griggs is the Independent External Reviewer to the five clearing banks in the UK, a Board member of Scottish Enterprise, an honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and has also been a visiting Professor at Boston University and Georgia Southern University. He has held a number of executive and non-executive positions in the private and public sector, both in the UK and US, is a former Chair of the CBI’s UK SME Council and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in 2008 for services to Scottish Industry.
pureVLC Chairman, Professor Russel Griggs, said:
“It’s an exciting time to join Professor Harald Haas and his team as pureVLC stands at the forefront of the research into and commercialisation of Li-Fi, widely seen as one of the most important emerging technologies since WiFi. It is now important that we secure the right leadership and skills set as the company gears up for its next phase of growth. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank David and Gordon for their valuable contributions to the company.”
The Board can also confirm that the company will be changing its name from pureVLC to pureLiFi, effective 1st November 2013.
pureVLC is a communications technology company formed in 2012, as a spin-out from the University of Edinburgh to create OEM components, including Li-Fi drivers and receivers. Visible Light Communication (VLC) is the use of light to transmit data wirelessly. Li-Fi - a term coined by pureVLC’s Chief Science Officer, Professor Haas - is technology based on VLC that provides full networking capabilities similar to Wi-Fi, but with 10,000 times more unlicensed spectrum.