Bill Millman has been involved in all aspects of the capacitor industry for over 40 years including R&D, engineering, manufacturing, materials, process, new product development, and quality. More recently he has been focused on the development of models for responsible sourcing of conflict free tantalum minerals through innovative initiatives.
Mr. Millman recently retired as the Director of Corporate Quality for AVX Corporation, after 40 years with the company. He has been elected President of the Tantalum International Study Centre (TIC), an international community from the tantalum industry, for three terms (1997-98, 2004-05, 2005-06) and has been an Executive member of the TIC Committee for 29 years.
Since 2009 he has worked with an international community of stakeholders including the United Nations, Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) on responsible sourcing, ICGLR (International Council of the Great Lakes Region) Africa on conflict minerals, EICC/GeSI (Electronic Industry Citizen Coalition/ Global e-Sustainability Initiative) and civil society in the creation of due diligence guidance, audit protocols, supply chain reporting tools, conflict free smelter policy and in-region sourcing initiatives for tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold. He continues to promote responsible sourcing through concrete exercising of tools and mechanisms including the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for responsible sourcing and has provided information and oral presentations to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC, to help form the rules and regulations around ‘conflict’ mineral definitions.
Bill is also the co-developer of a world leading 'closed pipe' model for conflict free responsible sourcing of tantalum materials to the electronics industry. He was instrumental in the development and piloting of the ‘Solutions for Hope’ initiative in partnership with supply chain partners in China (smelting), Rwanda/DRC (mining), AVX Tantalum (component maker) and end user participants including Intel, HP, Nokia, Motorola Solutions, Blackberry, Google, Bosch and other electronic leaders.