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Technology champion to become IET's first female president

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced that Naomi Climer, president of Sony Media Cloud Services, will become president on 1 October 2015.

Climer, currently IET deputy president, has spent her career immersed in the rapidly changing world of media and entertainment technology from the analogue, pre-internet days of TV and radio through to the multi-channel, multi-platform, mobile experience of today.

After graduating from Imperial College London, Naomi began her career as a BBC Broadcast Engineer, before quickly progressing to senior management. She continued in the world of media, joining ITV Digital before moving to Sony. She is currently President of Sony Media Cloud Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, leading a team focussed on harnessing the power and opportunity of the cloud for professional video content production.

She has been actively involved in the IET for many years. Most recently, while based in the USA, Naomi has been championing the international breadth of the IET and the strength that this global diversity brings to the IET’s engineering community.

Climer has a strong interest in diversity issues and has been an active campaigner for the need to encourage women within the engineering profession in the UK.

“Engineering is a hugely exciting and diverse career with the opportunity to do something life or world changing. But there is a big job to do to increase public understanding of the important role engineering plays in their daily lives and get more young people excited about the possibilities of an engineering career,” she said.

“Engineering and technology are behind almost everything. From our smartphones and the apps that can help us navigate at sea, track our health or remotely control our homes as well as making phone calls.  In transport, from the driverless car to commercial space travel, environmental engineering and air traffic control. Security, robotics, virtual reality and music also rely heavily on engineering.  There’s something for everyone in an engineering career!

“It will be an honour to become the President of the IET and of course to be the first female in that role.”

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