Council elects next IEC President
Junji Nomura of Japan will take over Presidency in 2014
IEC Council elected Dr Junji Nomura of Japan as IEC President for a three-year term of office, starting 1 January 2014.
In March 2012, IEC members were asked to nominate candidates for the position of IEC President in the run up to the October election. With all Council members endorsing his candidacy, Nomura was elected as next President of the IEC on 5 October during the Council Statutory Session in Oslo, Norway.
Representing the IEC
Nomura will become IEC President-Elect on 1 January 2013 and throughout the year he will have the opportunity to familiarize himself with the task ahead and provide support to IEC President Klaus Wucherer. On 1 January 2014, he will take over as President and Wucherer will become IEC Immediate Past President.
The IEC President represents the Commission and is the Chairman of Council, the CB (Council Board) and the ExCo (Executive Committee), as well as the MSB (Market Strategy Board). He serves a three-year term and cannot be re-elected.
Nomura is no stranger to the IEC. Since 2011, as a member of the CB, he has been taking part in the management activities of the organization. He will become the third IEC President from Japan since the founding of the Commission in 1906.
Industry background and experience
Nomura has been Corporate Adviser, Energy Solution Business Promotion at Panasonic, since 2011. From 2004 to 2009, he was CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and Vice President of Matsushita Electric Works Ltd and, after the company changed its name to Panasonic Corporation, Nomura became the CTO, a position he held until 2011. Nomura has spent his whole professional career at Matsushita/Panasonic.
Nomura is a member of several trade and industry associations, including the Nippon Keidanren (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations) Industrial Technology Committee, the Japan Smart Community Alliance Steering Committee and the METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Study Group on the Scheme for Next-Generation Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Systems.
Nomura has a doctorate in engineering from Kyoto University. The subject of his thesis was “A study on systems approach to some industrial management problems”.
The three Japanese Presidents of the IEC
Dr Noboru Takagi
22nd IEC President from 1977 to 1979, then Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo
Dr Sei-ichi Takayanagi
30th IEC President from 2002 to 2004, then Technology Adviser of Toshiba Corporation
Dr Junji Nomura
34th IEC President from 2014 to 2016, Senior Managing Director of Panasonic Corporation