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New ISO Secretary-General as of January 1, 2009

reprinted from an ISO press release

New York, Oct 21, 2008

Robert Steele The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will have a new Secretary-General from January 1, 2009. He is Mr. Robert Steele who was appointed by the ISO Council at its meeting in Dubai on October 17, 2008, following the 31st ISO General Assembly.

Last March, the ISO Council initiated the process to select a new Secretary-General for the organization after the current Secretary-General, Mr. Alan Bryden, indicated that he was at the Council's disposal to enable a smooth transition to a successor so that the latter would be in office from the launching next year of the consultations relating to the new ISO Strategic Plan.

The selection process was based on a selection committee, assisted by an external consultant.

The ISO President, Mr. Håkan Murby, underlined that “Mr. Steele’s biography illustrates that his past experience and achievements have prepared him well for this new responsibility”.

The current Secretary-General has agreed to remain as Senior Advisor to the ISO President and to the new Secretary-General until April 30, 2009 to enable an orderly and efficient handover and transition in the best interests of ISO. Mr. Bryden will then move on to new professional challenges.

The ISO Council expressed its appreciation of Mr. Bryden’s outstanding contribution to ISO since taking office on March 1, 2003 and for his assistance in enabling a smooth transition. It acknowledged that, under his management, ISO had taken a major step forward and that he was leaving the organization in good condition.

The ISO Strategic Plan 2005-2010 is well on the way to achieving its objectives, policies and procedures on key issues have been updated, an extensive work programme is being developed, ISO’s membership, scope, network and outreach have been expanded and its management and IT tools have been modernized. In addition, the organization's financial situation has been improved, enabling a move to new and modern premises in Geneva.

ISO is recognized as the leading platform for the production of globally relevant, consensus-based International Standards. This is based on a collection of more than 17,400 International Standards, an average production of some 100 new or revised standards per month, the participation of ISO's members comprising the national standards bodies of 157 countries, and collaboration with more than 700 international and regional organizations.

ISO's standards cover a broad and multi-sector scope and contribute to the improvement and demonstration of quality and safety, the facilitation of global trade and interoperability, the dissemination of technology and good business practice and, more generally, to a sustainable development of the world economy.

For more information, view the ISO press release.

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