AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:XPLR) today announced that it has added Thomas B. Pickens III to its board of directors. The company also announced the resignation of Ben Irwin, who is retiring from the Xplore board after more than seven years of service. Mr. Pickens qualifies as an independent director, as defined under The NASDAQ Stock Market Rules. Philip Sassower, chairman and chief executive officer, noted: "Tom brings tremendous business experience in developing and commercializing technology, as well as capital markets, operational and strategic expertise. He is an ideal addition to our Board as we embark on the next phase of our corporate life. I would also like to thank Ben Irwin for his long-standing and dedicated service to Xplore and our stockholders." "I am excited to join the board of directors of Xplore Technologies as it continues to build on its global leading position in rugged tablet computing and executes on an exciting transition toward sustained profitability," said Pickens. "I look forward to working closely with the rest of the board and Xplore's management team to continue the efforts to maximize stockholder value." Pickens currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Astrotech Corporation, which invents, acquires, and commercializes technological innovations sourced from research institutions, laboratories, universities, and internally. Astrotech then funds, manages, and builds start-up companies for profitable divestiture to market leaders to maximize shareholder value. Pickens was previously the Chairman of multiple companies, including U.S. Utilities, Inc., Code Corporation, Catalyst Energy Corporation and United Thermal Corporation.