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Search Now Underway for the Next ISO Secretary-General

Applications Due by June 1, 2008

New York, Mar 28, 2008

ISO logo Earlier this month, Mr. Alan Bryden, Secretary-General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), informed ISO Council that he is at the Organization’s disposal to initiate the process for his succession.

Mr. Bryden expressed his commitment to fully exercise his duties until a successor in place and to facilitate the succession process to the best of his ability. The ISO Council thanked Mr. Bryden for his contributions to the development and sustainability of ISO since his taking office on March 1, 2003, and for his readiness to enable a smooth transition.

According to a letter from ISO president Mr. Håkan Murby to the Organization’s member bodies, the Council will seek to put a new Secretary-General in place during the first quarter of 2009.

As the national member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has been asked to publicize this opportunity and invite qualified candidates to submit their application materials before June 1, 2008.

In summary, the Secretary-General is responsible for the effective operation of the ISO System according to its Statutes and Rules of Procedure. His/her responsibilities include not only the monitoring and support of some 3,000 ISO committees and working groups, but also the management of the Geneva-based ISO Central Secretariat (ISO/CS).

As the Chief Executive Officer of the Organization, the Secretary General is responsible for the preparation and execution of yearly budgets and medium term financial orientations approved by the ISO Council and supporting a long range Strategic Plan.

According to the stated selection criteria, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate a positive record of top level management in an organization or company and have extensive experience with IT tools, international relations, and standardization and/or conformity assessment.

The official call for applications, recruitment procedure, and job specification and selection criteria may be downloaded here.

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