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ANSI President and CEO Mark W. Hurwitz Announces Intent to Retire at Year-End 2005


New York, Feb 28, 2005

Mark W. Hurwitz, Ed.D., CAE, president and chief executive officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has announced his intent to retire from the organization at year-end 2005. He was appointed in July 1999.

Hurwitz, 64, communicated his intent to Dr. George W. Arnold, chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors, and subsequently to the officers and members of the Board, last week. “The presidency of ANSI has been the capstone of my professional career,” he said, “This was a very difficult decision.”

Hurwitz cited his desire to spend more time with his family, especially his best friend and wife, Josette, and their plans to relocate from the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. “...It is my intention to ‘rewire,’ not retire,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Arnold praised Dr. Hurwitz for his outstanding leadership to the ANSI Federation:

“His vision and management skills have significantly strengthened the Institute and benefited its stakeholders. As a result of his efforts, the United States has expanded its leadership and influence in the international standards and conformity assessment community. He has strengthened our partnership with government, expanded consumer participation in standards setting, grown our membership, improved our service to our members, and placed the Institute on a solid financial footing. The ANSI Board of Directors is grateful to Dr. Hurwitz for his distinguished record of accomplishment. We understand Mark’s desire to spend more time with his family, and we look forward to Mark’s continued leadership as CEO through the end of 2005 while we undertake the search for a successor.”

Hurwitz pledged his commitment to working with the Search Committee, Officers, Executive Committee and Board of Directors in the search for his successor: “In the remainder of my tenure, I will ensure that ANSI maintains the organizational momentum we have built during the past several years.”

Formation of the Search Committee is now being finalized; a search firm is expected to be named in the next few weeks.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations, the ANSI Federation represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 entities and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

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