Pleora Technologies has announced the appointment of Jonathan Hou as president.
Mr. Hou brings extensive management expertise to his new position, including most recently overseeing Pleora’s research and development efforts and long-term technology vision as chief technology officer.
He now leads an expanded management team focusing on continuing growth for the company as it celebrates 20 years in business. In conjunction with management team appointments, Harry Page and Mike Kelly announced their retirement as president and chief financial officer respectively. Both are remaining with the company in advisory roles.
Founded in 2000 by George Chamberlain and Alain Rivard, Pleora helped lead the development of vision standards that accelerated the growth of the machine vision industry.
Entering its third decade, Pleora is now expanding into embedded, machine learning, and smart sensor technologies for the industrial automation, Industry 4.0, medical imaging, and security and defence markets.
“Pleora was founded on the belief that high-performance video can be delivered over Ethernet, and while scepticism was high, today our technology is widely deployed in industrial, medical, and security and defence applications,” said George Chamberlain, chief executive officer, Pleora Technologies.
“Growing from two employees to a staff now approaching 80, we’ve shared a common focus on delivering the best products and support possible. We deeply appreciate the extensive contribution made by Harry and Mike in guiding our corporate direction, and they leave behind a company poised for its next stage of growth under the leadership of Jonathan and the management team.”
Mr. Hou joined the company in June 2018, after developing new automated quality inspection solutions for print applications as director of technology at Global Vision Inc. Previously he held senior management, application engineering, and software design roles in the machine vision, video, graphics and networking industries.
“Pleora is celebrating a 20-year milestone in large part thanks to its deep knowledge of the vision industry, systems understanding, and the ability to apply our expertise to help solve customer problems,” said Mr. Hou.
“Looking ahead, this expertise will be increasingly valuable as our customers seek new ways to leverage artificial intelligence, machine learning, and embedded capabilities to reduce costs and improve performance. Supporting these initiatives with innovative new technologies, backed by top-level support, will help fuel continuing success for Pleora and our customers.”
Pleora recently announced it was expanding into the European market after signing a partnership with OEM Automatic.