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People on the Move


New York, Jan 02, 2009

People on the Move spotlights trailblazers in standardization, highlighting their latest achievements, advancements, and contributions to the standards community.

Stacy Leistner has been appointed vice president of strategic communications for the Toy Industry Association (TIA), effective January 1, 2009.

As the head of communications at TIA, Stacy will work closely with TIA members and staff to support the toy industry’s outreach to federal and state agencies. He will be based in TIA’s New York office.

Stacy is a nineteen year veteran of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In his most recent position as director of communications and education at ANSI, he helped to build an awareness of voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment programs by consumers and leaders of industry and government.

Stacy holds a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Evansville in southern Indiana.


Elizabeth Austin will assume the role of ANSI director of communications and public relations effective January 1, 2009. She has served as communications manager for the Institute since March of 2007.

In her new role, Liz is responsible for the development and management of a fully integrated program encompassing the Institute’s publicity, outreach, and communications activities. Included in these responsibilities are press relations, creative and editorial management of all internal and external communications, and special event management. She will be directly involved in the promotion and messaging of each of ANSI’s standards panels, as well as its accreditation program and other initiatives.

Liz brings to position over eight years of experience with strategic communications, graphic design, and corporate messaging. Before joining ANSI, she was marketing manager for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC, an architecture firm based in New York. She holds a bachelor of arts in English from the Johns Hopkins University.


Karen Hughes will be joining ANSI as director of homeland security standards programs effective January 20, 2009.

In this role, she will be responsible for the management and administrative oversight of the Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) and other security-related activities in which the Institute engages, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Strategic Advisory Group on Security, and ISO Technical Committee (TC) 223, Societal Security.

Karen holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Fordham University College of Business Administration. Most recently, she was supervisor of the operations services division at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Previously, she spent six years as part of the ANSI standards facilitation team with a focus on program management for U.S. participation in ISO activities – experience that has afforded her an excellent understanding of the standards and conformity assessment community.


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