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New York, Mar 27, 2009

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

IEEE, a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has recently announced the appointment of E. James (Jim) Prendergast as its new executive director, effective on April 6, 2009.

Succeeding former IEEE executive director Jeffry W. Raynes, who resigned in June 2008, Dr. Prendergast will serve as chief operating officer (COO) and will manage the more than a thousand IEEE staff members at seven U.S. and overseas locations.

A member of IEEE for thirty-two years, he most recently served as vice president and chief technology officer for DuPont Electronic and Communication Technologies. Prior to joining DuPont, he was vice president and director of Motorola’s Physical Sciences Research Laboratories.

A native Australian, Jim received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Sydney and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Cambridge.


ANSI regrets to announce that Rafael Lourenço, deputy general secretary of the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) and ANSI program manager for international policy, will resign as of April 3, 2009.

Since assuming the role in June 2007, he has made major contributions to both USNC/IEC and ANSI, significantly participating in the expansion of the USNC’s and IEC’s roles in the region of the Americas.

Mr. Lourenço came to ANSI from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he worked on international business and trade policy issues since 2005. He served as the staff coordinator to a number of coalitions and committees, including the Trade Facilitation, Counterfeiting and Piracy Task Forces of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and the U.S. Chamber’s Latin America Trade Coalition.

Mr. Lourenço will embark on a master’s degree program in globalization, international trade, and emerging markets at the University of Barcelona in Spain.


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