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Movers and Shakers


Movers and Shakers highlights the career advancements and accomplishments 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.

Andrew G. Kireta Jr. has been appointed as the new president of ASTM International, effective May 1, 2024. He will succeed Katharine Morgan, who has held the position since 2017 and will retire after 40 years at the organization as a distinguished leader in standardization community.

In his role, Kireta will oversee ASTM’s 35,000 global members who work to develop and refine more than 12,900 technical standards and solutions that represent over 90 industry sectors.

Since 1992, Kireta has served as the president and CEO of the Copper Development Association, a market development, engineering, and information services arm of the copper industry, where he has worked to develop and execute strategy at the intersection of the needs of global copper producers and their downstream copper and copper-alloy fabricator partners.

Throughout his career, he has had ties to the standards community, joining ASTM International as a member in 1998, and serving as chair of the audit and finance committee in 2017, vice chair in 2018 and 2019, and chair of the board in 2020. Kireta also previously served as vice chair and chair of the board of SEI International, an ASTM affiliate. He has also contributed to the ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys and its various subcommittees.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andy as president of ASTM International,” said Bill Griese, 2024 chair of ASTM’s board of directors. “Andy has spent years supporting ASTM International in a variety of volunteer roles and is exceptionally well-suited to lead the organization forward. He brings a strong commitment to ASTM’s mission, values, and membership. Kathie’s dedication and engagement have made it possible for us to find the right leader for ASTM’s future, and we are delighted she will help to ensure a smooth transition as Andy assumes the role in May.”

“I am honored and excited to serve as the new president of ASTM International,” said Kireta. “I have great respect for ASTM’s mission, staff, members, and partners, and I am humbled to lead an organization that has made such a meaningful impact on industry and society over its 125-year history. I am eager to work with the ASTM community to build upon that success as we advance our mission of helping our world work better.”

Kireta previously served as a principal engineer at ABB Impell Corporation. He earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.


Abby So was recently appointed as chief operating officer at FM Approvals. In his new role, So supports FM Approvals’ mission to objectively test property loss prevention solutions worldwide and certify those that meet rigorous loss prevention standards.

So joined the organization in 2007 as an approvals engineer, and has served in various roles since, including manager of new business development, and most recently as FM Approvals’ global sales manager.


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