Vehicle cockpit electronics specialist Visteon has elected James Barrese to its board of directors, effective 2 January, 2017, describing the Silicon Valley native as "a highly skilled technology executive with deep expertise in cloud, platform strategy and execution".

Barrese was chief technology officer and senior vice president, payment services, for PayPal from 2012 to June 2016, leading its global technology organisation, including technology strategy, product engineering, programme management, data management, system operations and professional services. He previously spent nearly 10 years in executive technology roles at eBay Marketplaces, most recently as vice president of technology.

"We are thrilled to welcome James to our board of directors," said Visteon chairman Francis Scricco. "Developing an effective cloud and platform strategy is critical to the future of automotive electronics, and James brings unique experience and insight in these areas. At PayPal, he executed a very difficult and successful platform transformation; this experience makes him well-suited to join our board as [we develop] next-generation platforms that will solidify our standing as a top-tier technology company."

Barrese said: "Visteon has established a leading position in one of the fastest-growing segments of automotive technology, and has a compelling vision to be an even more influential player in cockpit electronics and connected car solutions. I look forward to working with [the] board and executive team to continue to advance technology."

The supplier also nominated Barrese as a key member of its technology committee. Chair Rouzbeh Yassini said: "Converging on rapid autonomous driving technology-based innovation is a perfect opportunity to have James involved."

Baresse has been vice president of engineering at Charitableway, a lead architect and manager at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), and a programmer in the materials science department at Stanford University. He got his start in technology with the signal corps in the US Army.

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