The U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC) has appointed UL's John M. Thompson as USNC President-Elect 2016. Mr. Thompson will be serving a one-year term, and then will become USNC President as of January 1, 2017, succeeding current President Philip M. Piqueira, also of UL.
Mr. Thompson has held multiple leadership positions of increasing responsibility within global standards development and certification over the course of his 27-year career. He is currently the UL director of North American Standards, with responsibility for the direction of development of UL standards for existing and new technologies. He also oversees staff participation with other standards developing organizations (SDOs) and committees including IEC and ISO committees.
"As USNC President, I will drive the positions and needs of the U.S. to ensure that the voice of the U.S. is represented," Mr. Thompson recently said. He noted that in his new role, he will "provide leadership to the USNC with respect to issues such as continuing to develop the value proposition for USNC stakeholders in order that it maintain its vibrancy, and ensuring the relevancy of the USNC is maintained in the face of pressures from other countries."
Mr. Thompson's other leadership positions include his role as NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code) Panel 11 chairman, where he is responsible for the management of multiple sections of the code, the expert panel members, and coordination of input from key stakeholders. He has also been the vice-chair of the UL Electrical Council since 2006, where he directs Council in assisting UL with the development of technical requirements, standards proposals, and the management of global trade and safety issues. In 2012 Mr. Thompson was honored as a distinguished member of the UL technical staff. He holds a B.A. in music from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University,
The USNC congratulates Mr. Thompson on his election and anticipates great success under his leadership.