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People on the Move


New York, Jul 03, 2008

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

The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), announced that Elizabeth VanDersarl has been named vice president of government affairs.

In this position she will lead the association’s advocacy efforts nationally and internationally. She previously worked as executive director of public affairs with responsibility for streamlining the organization’s message development. Ms. VanDersarl joined AF&PA in 2005 as director of congressional affairs overseeing energy, environment, and homeland security issues.

Before joining AF&PA, she managed regulatory issues at the Office of Management and Budget. She has served as counsel to former ranking Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and was an assistant state attorney in Illinois.


The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, announced that Charles J. Carter has been promoted to vice president and chief structural engineer.

A frequent speaker at steel and structural engineering conferences, he actively participated in the development of AISC’s Specifications, Code of Standard Practice, and Steel Construction Manual. He joined AISC in 1991 as a staff engineer.


ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) announced that Robert K. Simpson will become president of the Association starting October 7, 2008.

In this role, he will advocate for the producers of American manufacturing technology, and will support AMT’s mission to reach global leadership in the sector for its members.

Mr. Simpson has worked for twenty-five years in manufacturing operations, mainly in the automotive industry. He most recently served as corporate vice president and president of global plastics machinery for Milacron Inc. He previously served as president of Siegel-Robert Automotive Inc. and held executive positions within Textron and TRW.


The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, announced that Jill Notini was promoted to vice president of communications and marketing.

Having worked with AHAM for nine years, Ms. Notini is responsible for AHAM media relations, promotion programs and public safety campaigns. She also oversees AHAM’s business data programs and the organization’s sponsored consumer research.

In addition, Peter G. Frank has joined AHAM as director of finance to manage day-to-day financial operations, membership dues and human resource functions.

Previously, Mr. Frank served as the director of finance for the National Restaurant Association. He has also worked for the Internal Revenue Service and the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Finally, Caroline Taylor was named manager of government relations with responsibility for AHAM’s state government affairs and federal legislative and regulatory issues.

With a background at the state legislative level, Ms. Taylor previously served as regulatory counsel at Stateside Associates.


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