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Bryden Appointed as New ISO Secretary-General

New York, Nov 20, 2002

Mario Cortopassi, President of the The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), yesterday announced the appointment of Mr. Alan Bryden as the new ISO Secretary-General. The decision was made at the 72nd ISO Council Meeting held November 14-15, 2002 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Bryden, currently Director General of AFNOR, the French National Standards Body, will take office as Secretary-General on March 1, 2003. The office was vacated earlier this year at the passing of Dr. Lawrence D. Eicher, who held that post for 16 years.

Dr. Christian Favre, who has been serving as Acting ISO Secretary General, will serve as Secretary-General until Mr. Bryden takes office.

Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) President and CEO, indicated that Mr. Bryden has been invited to the United States to dialogue with members of the standards and conformity assessment community in early 2003.


The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from more than 140 countries, one from each country. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity. ISO's work results in international agreements that are published as International Standards. The American National Standards Institute serves as the U.S. member body of ISO.

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