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Simon Pugh Named Honorary Chair of World Standards Day 2004


New York, Jun 02, 2004

Representatives of the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee have announced that Simon Pugh, vice president, infrastructure & standards for MasterCard International’s e-Business and emerging technologies group, will serve as honorary chairman during the World Standards Day exhibition, reception and dinner on Wednesday, Ocotober 13, 2004 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

Mr. Pugh’s leadership has helped to guide MasterCard’s efforts to develop and promote interoperable, reliable, and secure standards for domestic and international payments – a fitting tribute to the theme of this year's event, "Standards Connect the World." Mr. Pugh is responsible for MasterCard’s participation in smart card, electronic and mobile commerce standards groups, as well as the infrastructure necessary to support these activities, including smart card security evaluation. Having joined MasterCard in June of 2000, Mr. Pugh also works as a liaison with strategic business partners to promote the development of programs to support MasterCard’s e-Business initiatives.

In addition to his duties at MasterCard, Mr. Pugh serves as co-president of the Mobile Payment Forum, an organization dedicated to the development of standardized infrastructure to support secure mobile payments. Through his work for the Mobile Payment Forum, Mr. Pugh heads up membership development, as well as oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization’s activities.

The annual U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day is organized by a planning committee consisting of representatives from industry, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The group is co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the 2004 Administrating Organization is the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).

"The U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee, and the Aerospace Industries Association as the Administrating Organization, is privileged to have Simon Pugh serve as the honorary chairman," said Pamela Suett, ANSI education and training. "Mr. Pugh is an exemplary executive directly responsible for promoting and promulgating the use of standards that have significance around the world."

For more information on World Standards Day, visit the ANSI web site at www.ansi.org/wsweek.

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