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ANSI Appoints Scott P. Cooper as Vice President of Government Relations

Washington, DC, Mar 12, 2007

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. standardization and conformity assessment system, has announced the appointment of Mr. Scott P. Cooper as its new vice president of government relations. Cooper was appointed by ANSI president and CEO, Mr. S. Joe Bhatia, following an intensive nationwide search; he will join staff in the Institute’s Washington, DC, headquarters on April 16, 2007.

Mr. Cooper has a broad range of experience in industry, not-for-profit organizations, academia and government. He comes to ANSI from the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he has been teaching about the modern global marketplace, working on projects ranging from nanotechnology research to dispute resolution, and consulting on multi-industry healthcare reform. As a former manager of global technology policy at Hewlett-Packard, Cooper worked directly with then-CEO Carly Fiorina to develop and lead policy efforts in areas such as privacy, consumer redress and global governance. He is a former director of global electronic commerce at the American Electronics Association and a former manager of telecommunications policy at Intel.

“Scott is well-versed on many of the issues that ANSI is addressing today,” said Bhatia. “In addition to his strong policy-oriented track record in industry, he has more than a decade of experience as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives, service at the Department of Commerce and also the Peace Corps. We look forward to his insights and leadership as a member of the ANSI management team.”

“I am very pleased to join ANSI in its efforts to educate policymakers and other key stakeholders about the vital importance of standards and compliance programs,” commented the new vice president. “The Institute has a long history of proactive engagement – bringing representatives of industry and government together to boost the global competitiveness of our businesses and the safety and health of our citizens. I am honored to contribute in this effort.”

Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economic history from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in political science from George Washington University. He and his wife, Sheila C. Bair, have two children; they reside in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

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