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New York, Sep 25, 2009

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It is with regret that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), announces the departure of Steven Bipes, senior director, international policy – regional and bilateral programs, from the Institute effective October 7, 2009. Steven has accepted the position of executive director of the Brazil – U.S. Business Council where he will serve as the chief staff person leading and representing the U.S. business community on all issues pertaining to doing business in Brazil.

Mr. Bipes joined ANSI’s international policy team nearly six years ago, originally focusing on staffing the Institute’s three Regional Standing Committees. Since then he has actively participated in the work of the Pacific Area Standards Congress, the Pan American Standards Commission, and in ANSI’s meetings with the European Standards Organizations and the European Commission, and related areas such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance. Over the course of these years Steven worked to expand the Institute’s regional and bilateral activities to include very focused and successful programs in both China and India, to pursue other international development opportunities with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency such as the Vietnam Standards Training Program, and to greatly expand our interaction with U.S. government departments, in particular the Department of Commerce (DOC).

ANSI thanks Mr. Bipes for his service and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.

ANSI is pleased to welcome Li Aixian of the China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) as an ANSI International Guest Researcher. Ms. Li will be working at ANSI through the end of October 2009 in the Institute’s Washington, D.C., office.

Ms. Li is currently director of the CNIS Sub-Institute of Resource and Environmental Standardization. In this role she leads many of China’s technical activities in the energy field, including an energy conservation product certification system and a labeling system for energy information.

During her stay in the U.S., Ms. Li will be assisting ANSI with additional content for the StandardsPortal, and will also be meeting with other U.S. organizations as part of her research on energy standardization topics.

To arrange a meeting with Ms. Li, please contact Elise Owen, ANSI’s representative for China and India affairs ( ; 202-331-3624). For more information on ANSI’s International Guest Researcher Program, please visit

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has named David Fisher to lead its Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), the collective voice of medical imaging equipment manufacturers, innovators, and product developers.

Mr. Fisher has held a number of senior level jobs in the federal government over the past 12 years. He has served most recently as senior health policy advisor for the Senate Budget Committee, and previously as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget, where he oversaw the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor, the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, and a number of programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He held positions with the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Budget Committee in the Senate, and also served as government relations manager for Medtronic, Inc., where he advocated healthcare issues important to the medical device industry.

“Knowledge of the legislative process is integral to the medical imaging industry’s future of improving medicine,” said NEMA president and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “That coupled with Dave’s experience in government relations will be a tremendous asset to MITA.”

Mr. Fisher holds a B.A. in government and a master’s in public policy from Georgetown University.

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