Board of Directors Past Officers
L. John Rankine
Chairman of ANSI Board 1984-86
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
||L. John Rankine served as chairman of the American National Standards Institute
from 1984 to 1986.
During his thirty-two year career with IBM, Mr. Rankine rapidly advanced through
a series of key executive positions in sales, marketing and policy making,
becoming IBM director of standards and data security, where he had worldwide
responsibility for the company’s strategy and policies in these areas.
Vice president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
and chairman of its Standards Association and Board of Governors, he was also a
member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York
Academy of Sciences, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK) and the
United Kingdom Engineering Council.
He served as vice-chairman of the Business and Industry Advisory Council to the
O.E.C.D. and as a member of the Commission on Technology and Information Policy
of the International Chamber of Commerce.
In 1980, as a result of his leadership of many delegations to international
organizations, Mr. Rankine was awarded the ANSI Astin-Polk Medal for promoting
trade and understanding among nations. In 1997, he received the Steinmetz Medal
for advancing international standardization in information technology.
He participated in special programs at Brookings Institution, Watson Scientific
Computing Laboratory, Columbia University, M.I.T., the Aspen Institute for
Advanced Studies and was an active participant in key policy making dialogues
at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, the Ditchley Foundation (UK), and the
Ford Foundation, Bellagio, Italy.
Mr. Rankine graduated from the University of Glasgow with the engineering
qualifications of B.Sc. (Eng), M.I.E.E., C. Eng. (UK.), and later completed
post-graduate studies in atomic physics at McGill University in Montreal