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Gov. names Onondaga County woman to ESDC

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the nomination of Julie Shimer to chair the Empire State Development Corporation.

“Julie Shimer is joining a first-class team of economic development leaders including Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Empire State Development Corporation President Kenneth Adams,” Cuomo said.

Shimer, who has a doctorate, and is CEO and president of Welch Allyn, in Skaneateles Falls, Onondaga County, is a nationally recognized leader in the computer networking and wireless communications industries.

She was named CEO in 2007 — becoming the first woman to hold this post in the 95-year history of the company. Shimer also served as president and CEO of Vocera Communications, a wireless communications company based in California; and has held executive positions at 3Com Corporation, Motorola, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Bethlehem Steel Co.

Shimer holds board positions with Welch Allyn, Netgear, the Engineering Information Foundation and Centerstate Corporation for Economic Opportunity. In addition, she is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Society for Women Engineers. Shimer holds masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She resides in Skaneateles with her husband, Jary.