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People on the Move


People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community.

AOAC INTERNATIONAL has named Pam Coleman as chief innovation officer, a newly created position. An active member of AOAC for 25 years, Coleman’s experience includes executive leadership in laboratory science services and involvement in the testing, inspection, and certification industry, spanning both routine food safety/quality program management as well as project-oriented businesses in support of food product innovation.

Previously, Coleman was with Mérieux NutriSciences (formerly Silliker, Inc.) for 28 years, filling numerous roles of increasing responsibility. She was recognized for her nonprofit leadership at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), where she served on the board of directors and in the office of the president from 2018 to 2021.

“We are so excited to welcome Pam back into the fold at AOAC in this new and integral role for the future of our organization. This position is designed to inspire innovation at AOAC INTERNATIONAL that increases revenue and optimizes organizational effectiveness,” said David B. Schmidt, executive director, AOAC INTERNATIONAL.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to join the staff of AOAC INTERNATIONAL in this newly developed role, and look forward to making a positive impact to the organization, adding to the credibility of analytical results that are so important to our stakeholders,” said Coleman.


The Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) has named James Okullo as director of system planning. In his role, he will provide leadership and support to several ESIG working groups and task forces, including the System Planning Working Group and the System Operations and Market Design Working Group. His technical areas of focus will include power system planning, power system reliability, power system operation, market design and operation, and DERs.

With more than a more than a decade of experience in the power industry, Okullo has been a longtime contributor and active participant in ESIG.

Previously, he was the manager of strategic assessments at the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). His areas of focus at MISO included forward-looking resource adequacy and accreditation of capacity resources, evaluation of system reliability attributes under an evolving resource mix, emerging generation and transmission technologies, and support of other MISO priorities, such as the long-range transmission planning.

“We have collaborated with James for a number of years and are excited to have him join the ESIG team,” said Debbie Lew, associate director, ESIG. “His experience, energy, and enthusiasm toward the power systems industry will be a great asset to not only our team, but also our members, ESIG projects and task forces and the industry as a whole.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the ESIG organization as it continues to serve as the industry’s go-to source for expertise on energy systems integration and operations,” said Okullo. “It will be a privilege to assist in leading the timely and critical work being undertaken by ESIG working groups and task forces. I’m committed to helping ESIG and its membership as we help to move the global energy transition forward.”

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