Isola Group, a leader in circuit materials and materials technologies, announced the hiring of Jim Francey as RF Business Development director, Europe.Francey will report directly to David Humby, vice president Sales and OEM Marketing Europe, in the new role and will apply his industry background and considerable experience in the RF/microwave electronics industry to help Isola explore and expand new opportunities for high frequency circuit materials within printed-circuit boards (PCBs) in such applications as 5G cellular wireless equipment and autonomous self-driving vehicles. 

Francey brings an open and engaging personality and more than 30 years of high frequency industry experience in chemistry and PCB materials and development engineering to his new position. He will educate OEMs and PCB customers on the wide choices in Isola’s circuit materials and their extensive capabilities for analog, digital and mixed signal circuits. He will collaborate closely with colleagues not only in Europe but globally to ensure that customers are provided with the optimum material solutions for their applications. He will also interact closely with customers to see that all their requirements are met, working through Isola’s Voice of the Customer to gather data in support of new product developments. 

Prior to joining Isola, Francey was sales manager, Northern Europe, for Optiprint, a Swiss RF PCB manufacturer and Isola customer. Previously, he had been European technical service and sales manager for circuit material manufacturer Taconic Advanced Dielectrics and technical service manager at AlliedSignal, Laminate Systems, Inc. Francey is a Fellow of Institute of Circuit Technology (U.K.) and author and co-author of several scientific papers and articles.