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New President Elected to Lead IEC

Goals to Include Implementation of IEC Masterplan; Emphasis on Consumers, Regional Issues, Enhanced ISO/IEC/ITU Cooperation and Electronic Tools

New York, Feb 06, 2002

Sei-Ichi Takayanagi began his three-year term as President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology in which ANSI is a member via the U.S. National Committee (USNC), on January 1, 2002.

The IEC announced Mr. Takayanagi's new position in a recent press release and reinforced his commitment to putting into action the Masterplan 2000, a document that outlines the long-range strategic objectives of the IEC. He also emphasized the organization's need to address four work areas in the coming years, including consumers, regional issues, the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) initiative between IEC, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and electronic tools.

IEC cited the new president's belief that the consumer is gaining more influence in global trade as the impetus for his intention to focus IEC resources on encouraging consumer groups to become more active in IEC work. In addition, Mr. Tanayanagi believes an increased focus on getting developing nations in Asia, Latin America and Africa more involved in IEC work is important, because as they develop and use more electronics, their input will be valuable to establishing future areas of standardization in this field.

The new president also indicated his belief that ISO, IEC and ITU collaboration under the WSC, scheduled for launch in Spring 2002, will be focused on information and communication technologies and, in his new capacity, will "encourage WSC activities to fulfill industry's wishes and expectations throughout the world."

Mr. Takayanagi also pointed out that the use of electronic tools in advance of meetings would be very valuable, especially to non-English speaking participants. To increase their participation, he recommends the use of an electronic bulletin board or discussion forum to allow these individuals the opportunity to contribute their ideas at their own pace prior to a meeting.

Currently, technology advisor for Toshiba Corporation in Japan, Mr. Takayanagi was named IEC President-elect during the organization's General Meeting in Stockholm in 2000.

"Dr. Takayanagi will bring a new perspective to IEC," said Steve A. Seeker, president of the USNC/IEC. "I think it is great that he if from Japan, since the previous two Presidents were from the United States and Europe. His industry experience and strong technical background will serve him well in this position. His stated focus areas are right on track and will continue and extend the strategies and plans of Mathias Funfschilling and Bernie Falk, the previous two presidents. I look forward to working with him."

Founded in 1906, the IEC is the global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. The IEC was founded as a result of a resolution passed at the International Electrical Congress held in St. Louis, MO in 1904. Its membership consists of more than 60 participating countries, including all the world's major trading nations and a growing number of industrializing countries.

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