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USNC/IEC Announces Appointment of 2006 Officers


New York, Jan 12, 2006

The United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) recently announced the appointment of the USNC/IEC officers for 2006. In their respective roles, the USNC/IEC officers will lead the committee in its mission to advocate U.S. interests in international and regional electrotechnical standards and conformity assessment forums.

James Matthews, technical standards and standards policy director at Corning Incorporated, was elected USNC/IEC president at the January 5, 2006, council meeting. Mr. Matthews, who previously served as USNC/IEC vice president, finance, has assumed the position vacated by Mr. Steven Seeker and will complete his term through the end of 2006. On January 1, 2007, Mr. Matthews will begin a full three-year tenure as USNC/IEC president.

Alec McMillan, director, global standards and trade at Rockwell Automation has been elected to a two-year term as USNC/IEC vice president, finance.

Robert A. Williams, director of standards at Underwriters Laboratories Inc, will continue his post as USNC/IEC vice president, technical. Mr. Williams began his term in 2004, and will serve the committee through 2007.

Charles Zegers of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will continue his tenure as USNC/IEC general secretary, a position he has held since 1990.

As the U.S. representative to the IEC, the USNC/IEC supports the development, dissemination, and use of electrotechnical standards. The committee’s scope spans all electrotechnologies, including electronics, magnetics and electromagnetics, electroacoustics, multimedia, telecommunication, and energy production and distribution. Comprised of nearly 4,000 participants, the USNC is represented by a wide range of stakeholders, including manufacturers, government agencies, consumers, testing organizations, and trade associations.

Organizations interested in participation in the USNC technical or policy activities are invited to contact Charles T. Zegers, ANSI program director and USNC general secretary (czegers@ansi.org; 212.642.4965).

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