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ANSI Board Names Volunteer Leaders for 2003

Dr. George W. Arnold Appointed as Chairman

Washington, DC, Dec 10, 2002

At its year-end meeting held earlier today, the ANSI Board of Directors appointed new Board officers and filled vacancies in Board member positions for the term beginning January 1, 2003.

Dr. George W. Arnold, consulting standards and intellectual property vice-president at Lucent Technologies, was appointed as ANSI’s new chairman of the Board. Dr. Arnold currently serves as a Board vice-chairman and as chairman of its International Policy Committee.

Dr. Robert J. Hermann, chairman of the Board Nominating Committee, said, “Dr. Arnold is no stranger to [the ANSI community] . . . Over the years, he has served in numerous leadership roles within the Institute, and he has proven to us that he can provide sound guidance, direction and wisdom to ANSI and the Federation.”

Supporting the chairman will be four vice-chairmen. Mr. Robert W. Noth, manager of engineering standards for Deere & Company, who was elected today, will fill the vice-chairman seat previously held by Dr. Arnold. Dr. Mary C. McKiel, standards executive for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was re-elected to a second three-year term. Mr. Joe T. Franklin, Jr., president of the American Gear Manufacturers Association and Mr. Stephen P. Oksala, vice-president of standards for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), continue in their current terms.

Mr. Oliver R. Smoot, vice-president for external voluntary standards relations for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), will step down from his position as ANSI chairman on December 31, 2002, and will assume the new title of Immediate Past Chairman. He will also begin his responsibilities as President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) effective January 1, 2003.

After noting several significant accomplishments achieved during Mr. Smoot’s tenure, Chairman-elect Arnold said, “If you are as successful during your tenure at ISO, I know we’ll all be in store for some very exciting and positive changes. And I am pleased to know that you will be continuing to serve ANSI as its Immediate Past Chairman.”

Special thanks were extended to Dr. Robert J. Hermann, who is retiring as immediate past chairman of the ANSI Board. “With Bob’s insights, wise counsel and support, ANSI grappled with very fundamental issues regarding its roles and responsibilities, and with relationship issues in both the domestic and international arenas,” said Mr. Smoot. “We are very appreciative of Bob’s leadership – his efforts have helped ANSI transform itself into a better, stronger, more nimble, and flexible organization.”

Other retiring Board members include:

  • Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller, executive director of ANSI-accredited standards committee X9 (Financial Services)
  • Max Rumbaugh, recently retired executive vice-president of the Society of Automotive Engineers International
  • Robert (Bob) Wurzel, RDW International
  • Gerald Ritterbusch, recently retired director of standards and regulations at Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Suzanne Troje, director of technical trade barriers, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Each of the retiring members was recognized for his or her past service to the Institute. As Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI president and CEO, later noted, “The members and staff of the ANSI Federation express their gratitude and thanks to these individuals for their many contributions and past efforts in support of the Institute and the voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment community.”

The following individuals have been elected as “Directors-at-Large” for terms commencing January 1, 2003 and ending December 31, 2005. Each was nominated by the ANSI membership in accordance with the ANSI By-Laws approved in June 2002. [Names identified with a “*” are new Board members; all others have been re-elected.]

  • Belinda L. Collins,* deputy director of technical services, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Richard J. Forselius, manager of engineering records, United Technology Corporation/Hamilton Sundstrand
  • Eileen Hemphill,* consultant (previously the director, District of Columbia’s office of consumer education and public information, department of consumer and regulatory affairs)
  • J. Stephen Larkin,* president of The Aluminum Association
  • June Ling, associate executive director for codes and standards, American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME International)
  • Susan M. Miller, president and CEO, Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
  • Mary J. Mitchell,* deputy associate administrator, General Services Administration
  • Jim Pauley,* vice-president for industry and government relations, Square D Company
  • Ronald F. Silletti,* corporate program directors of standards, IBM Corporation
  • Kathleen A. Thuner,* president, National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators

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