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People on the Move


New York, Aug 14, 2009

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

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced the appointment of Cheryl Blum as vice president for standards and business development. Ms. Blum brings extensive experience in all areas of telecom systems including software development, systems engineering, and network architecture, and has been active in TIA global standards development for 15 years.

Ms. Blum previously held various positions with Alcatel-Lucent (formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies) for 30 years, most recently as senior manager. She joins the staff of TIA with a wealth of experience already established with the organization: Ms. Blum currently is the chair of TIA’s engineering committee on mobile and personal communications systems standards and was also recently elected as the vice-chair of the wireless communications division. She also represents TIA as the head of delegation to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 and is the project’s steering committee chair.

Ms. Blum’s focus has been in the areas of wireless core network development, including its evolution to IP-based networks, and in developing public safety/homeland security standards. “Standards development is one of TIA’s core missions, and we’re fortunate to be able to bring in someone of Cheryl’s outstanding caliber,” said TIA president Grant Seiffert.


ANSI member and accredited standards developer the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Roger Platt to the newly created position of senior vice president of global policy and law. Mr. Platt moves to USGBC from a long-time position as senior vice president and counsel at Real Estate Roundtable (formerly National Realty Committee).

At Real Estate Roundtable, a lobbying group representing commercial real estate holders, Platt handled government outreach and built a long record of advancing energy, sustainability, and climate change policy issues. He pioneered collaborations with the Clinton Climate Initiative, the National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

His role at USGBC will include global outreach and policy and legal work, areas that are evolving rapidly as green building becomes more mainstream. “USGBC is clearly setting the agenda for how the wholesale shift to greener, more efficient buildings and communities will happen,” said Mr. Platt. “To be able to contribute more directly to that success in this new role is very exciting.”

Mr. Platt also previously served as a consultant to former President Clinton’s Corporation for National and Community Service and as an associate at the San Francisco law firm Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer. He has a bachelor’s from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.


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