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USNC Endorses Nomination of Frank K. Kitzantides as Candidate for IEC Office


New York, Jan 10, 2003

The U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) announced this week its endorsement of the nomination of Frank K. Kitzantides for the office of IEC vice president and chairman of the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB).

Kitzantides, who serves as vice president of engineering at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), is a dynamic leader with worldwide recognition in the voluntary standardization community.

Among his many contributions to the USNC and the IEC is the more than ten years of service Kitzantides has given as chief delegate to the SMB and its predecessor, the IEC Committee of Action. He joined the USNC in 1979, and has been the U.S. representative on the IEC Policy Committee on Conformity Assessment since 1991. Most recently he has been serving as chairman of the IECEE, a worldwide program for mutual recognition of test results among national certification bodies; this term will end at the close of 2003.

Mr. Kitzantides is also a member of the American National Standards Institute Board of Directors and served as chairman of ANSI's Electronics Standards Board from 1987 to 1991.

In a January 9 announcement, USNC officers invited and encouraged the support of USNC members for the proposed candidate. “Mr Kitzantides has solid, hands-on experience in IEC procedures and operations at all levels -- from WG Expert to Council Delegate,” the announcement stated. “He has an international background and reputation as well as broad technical and engineering expertise. He will continue to bring to the IEC SMB substantial practical experience in standards development and will make an excellent IEC Vice President/SMB Chairman.”

The USNC nomination will officially be put forward when nominations are invited by the IEC in April. The election will take place at the 67th IEC General Meeting in Montreal, Canada, in October 2003. The next SMB Chairman and IEC vice president will serve a term of office from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2006.

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