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James McCabe Assumes New Position as Director of Consumer Relations and Member Services

Promotion Reflects New Emphasis on ANSI's Consumer Participation Efforts

New York, Feb 07, 2002

ANSI is pleased to announce the promotion of James McCabe to the position of director, Consumer Relations and Member Services, effective today. A member of the ANSI team since 1995, McCabe's primary responsibility will be facilitating implementation of the National Standards Strategy (NSS) initiative to "improve the responsiveness of the standards system to the views and needs of consumer interests." For the past three years, McCabe has served as secretary to ANSI's Consumer Interest Forum (CIC) and staff liaison to the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) Committee on Consumer Policy (COPOLCO). He has also served as manager of membership services and secretary to ANSI's Company Member Forum

Commenting on the appointment, ANSI senior vice-president Fran Schrotter noted, "A core aspect of the Institute's mission is to assure that the interests of the public have appropriate protection, participation and representation in standardization, conformity assessment and related activities. The various initiatives that the CIC has outlined for the coming year should go a long way toward achieving those objectives. Jim's experience working with CIC, COPOLCO and ANSI members make him uniquely qualified to shepherd ANSI's consumer program."

In the area of member services, McCabe will continue to support the CMCEC and other Institute and departmental initiatives. John Kalemkerian, ANSI vice-president, Membership Marketing, Communications & Education, noted, "We are pleased to have Jim as part of the member services team and will benefit from his many years of experience serving ANSI's members and constituents."

Looking ahead to the coming year, McCabe noted, "CIC will be working diligently to broaden consumer interest awareness of and participation in ANSI activities through enhanced consumer information, training and outreach. Major initiatives include producing a directory of qualified consumer representatives that standards developers can consult as they seek consumer involvement in their standards setting activities and soliciting voluntary contributions for the newly established ANSI Consumer Participation Foundation. I am very excited about these opportunities to strengthen the consumer voice in national and international standards activities."

A graduate of Catholic University in Washington, DC, McCabe's previous assignments at ANSI have included secretary to the ANSI International Committee ad hoc groups on personal data privacy and occupational health and safety management system standards, the safety and health standards board, the construction standards board, and staff liaison to numerous U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO. Prior to joining ANSI, he served as director of arbitration for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in Washington, DC and as a public assistance specialist with the State of Florida's Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.

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