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Dara Hekimi Remembered for Leadership in the Field of IT Standardization

New York, Feb 20, 2002

On February 18, 2002, Dara Hekimi, former Secretary General of ECMA (then known as the European Computer Manufacturers Association) and influential figure in the field of international standardization, passed away at his home in Geneva, Switzerland, at the age of 76.

Serving as ECMA's first Secretary General from the time of its founding in 1961 to his retirement in 1991, Mr. Hekimi served as a staunch advocate of global standardization initiatives in support of the information technology community. He was a leader in the formation of the ISO Technical Committee responsible for international standardization in the general field of computers (ISO TC 97) and its successor, ISO/IEC JTC 1 on information technology. He played leading roles in the ECMA and TC 97/JTC 1 committees on programming languages, magnetic tapes and tape cartridges, and optical disks.

Fran Schrotter, ANSI Senior Vice-President and a former secretariat of both ISO/TC 97 and JTC 1, said "Mr. Hekimi's countless and extraordinary contributions to the IT and standardization communities spanned several decades and certainly continued well beyond his retirement from ECMA and the JTC 1 community. He was a technical expert, an accomplished negotiator and diplomat, and a wonderful person. All of us who had the good fortune and privilege of working with Mr. Hekimi will remember him fondly.

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