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CEN Secretary-General Hermann Ahls Dies at Age 51

New York, Sep 27, 2007

Hermann Wilhelm Ahls, Secretary-General of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), passed away on September 18 after a long illness.

Elected in 2004, Mr. Ahls assumed the role of Secretary-General in 2005, heading the CEN Management Centre in Brussels and ensuring the Committee’s continual efforts to fulfill its mission. In this capacity, he worked directly with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in recent meetings of the ANSI-ESO (European Standards Organizations) Joint Presidents Group.

Prior to his election, Mr. Ahls was director for worldwide escalator engineering at Otis Escalator GmbH. Over the course of his distinguished, sixteen-year career at Otis, he held several positions including head of the development department and director for manufacturing and logistics in Germany and the United States. Mr. Ahls acquired thirteen international patents in the field of escalator and elevator technique, and was an active participant in standardization activities at both CEN and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Born in Germany, Mr. Ahls received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Paderborn, and attended management training courses at the International Institute for Management Development and the University of Virginia.

Mr. Ahls is survived by his wife, Antje, and his two children, Annabel and Jonathan.

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