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Benchmark Chief Technology Officer Jan Janick Elected to the Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors

The Arizona Technology Council today announced that Jan Janick, CTO and vice president of Global Engineering at Benchmark, has joined its board of directors. Janick was elected unanimously to serve a three-year term at the Council’s quarterly board meeting held April 18. The Council's board of directors serves in an advisory and fiduciary role by representing the interests of the state’s technology industries. The current board includes 38 members from a diverse set of organizations.

“Benchmark has been an outstanding addition to our technology community because of the high-tech, high-wage jobs they are adding to our economy and the innovation they bring,” said Steven G. Zylstra, the Council’s president and CEO. “Jan’s experience and knowledge will help to advance our agenda, which is designed to grow Arizona’s technology industry and break down barriers that inhibit business success.”

Benchmark moved its headquarters to Arizona in late 2017 to take advantage of the state’s favorable business climate, quality of living and the outstanding STEM talent produced at ASU. Janick has worked five years at Benchmark, whose mission is to be the innovation provider of choice for high technology OEM customers. He provides a unique perspective on the industry and possesses a diverse skill set that will contribute to the continued growth of Arizona’s technology communities.

“The Arizona Technology Council is the state’s premier organization dedicated to helping companies like Benchmark grow and prosper,” said Janick. “It is my pleasure to join this outstanding board, and I look forward to working with my peers to speak with one voice and promote policies that support our industry’s vision.”

Included below is Janick’s bio:

Jan Janick, CTO and vice president, Global Engineering, Benchmark

Janick’s career spans more than 30 years of leading high-performance multicultural technology development teams at industry-leading computing systems companies. He currently leads technology development and innovations at Benchmark.

Janick previously served as an executive leader at both IBM and Lenovo, where he led the development and delivery of a number of key products. He established the IBM Taiwan Systems and Technology Lab, growing the group to 300 engineers while leading 650 engineers across four U.S. locations, as well as others in Taiwan and China. He also led the IT team for the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, and led the development, production and program management of IBM’s significant acquisition of Texas Memory System. Janick holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Companies represented on the Council’s board of directors include:

AccountabilIT; Alerion Capital Group; Alliance Bank of Arizona; American Express; APS; ASU Office of Knowledge & Enterprise Development; Avnet; Ballard Spahr; Benchmark; BeyondTrust; Carpenter, Hazelwood, Delgado & Bolen; CISCO; Cox Communications; EY; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Honeywell; IBM; Ideas Collide; Indecomm Global Services; Infusionsoft; Insight Enterprises; Intel; Iron Mountain; JVP Strategic Consulting LLC; LaneTerralever; MDSL; MSS Business Transformation; PADT; PayPal; Phoenix Business Journal; Quarles & Brady LLP; Solugenix; TGen; The University of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery & Innovation; Uber Technologies; University of Advancing Technology; Vonage Business; and Wells Fargo Bank.

About the Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council is Arizona’s premier trade association for science and technology companies. Recognized as having a diverse professional business community, Council members work towards furthering the advancement of technology in Arizona through leadership, education, legislation and social action. The Council offers numerous events, educational forums and business conferences that bring together visionaries, leaders and employees to make an impact on the technology industry. These interactions contribute to the Council’s culture of growing member businesses and transforming technology in Arizona. To become a member or to learn more about the Arizona Technology Council, please visit http://www.aztechcouncil.org.

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