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James M. Shannon – President

 

Mr Shannon became IEC President on 1 January 2017, for a three-year term, having served as President-Elect since 1 January 2016. From 2002 to 2014, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Prior to that, Mr Shannon served as Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was a Senior Partner at the law firm of Hale & Dorr in Boston, USA. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 and served in the House until 1985. A member of the Ways and Means Committee for six years, he served on the Trade, Health, and Social Security Subcommittees.

 

The IEC President represents the Commission and is the Chair of Council, the CB (Council Board) and the ExCo (Executive Committee) as well as the MSB (Market Strategy Board). The President serves a three-year term and cannot be re-elected.

Yinbiao Shu - President-Elect

 

Dr Shu became IEC President-Elect on 1 January 2019. Prior to that, Dr Shu has served as Convenor of the Market Strategy Board (MSB) from June 2012 until the end of 2018 and IEC Vice-President from 2013 to 2018 with the specific responsibility of leading both the MSB membership renewal and its technology-watch effort. At present, he is Chairman of the China Huaneng Group and is also a senior member of IEEE.

 

Before becoming the President of the IEC, the elected person holds the position of President-Elect for one year. After holding the position of President, the person becomes the Immediate Past President for a period of two years before becoming a Past President.

Jo Cops - Treasurer

 

Mr Cops became IEC Treasurer on 1 January 2018. Since 2012, he leads the Belgian Electrotechnical Committee (CEB-BEC) as the Secretary General. Mr Cops started his career in 1990 with Sony Belgium and subsequently held various management positions within Sony Europe, the Belgian cable operator (Telenet), and Alpha Technologies Europe, with responsibilities pertaining to sales, budgeting, pricing, marketing and strategic planning. In CENELEC, Mr Cops is a member of the Working Group Policy and the BT Efficiency group.

 

The Treasurer is responsible for the finances of the IEC and reports directly to Council.

Shawn Paulsen - Vice-President

 

Mr Paulsen began his three-year term as Chair of the Conformity Assessment Board and IEC Vice-President on 1 January 2018. At present, he is the Manager of Conformity Assessment within the CSA Group in Canada. Previously he was the Chief Electrical Inspector in the Department of Public Safety for the New Brunswick Provincial Electrical Regulator and was the Provincial representative on national codes, standards and conformity assessment committees. Mr Paulsen was a member of the CAB from 2012 to 2017 and has wide experience in both technical and policy standards work having been involved with a number of Canadian and international activities.

 

The Chair of the CAB is an ex officio Vice-President for the duration of his term. The elected person is responsible for the conformity assessment work of the IEC, including the systems.

Ralph Sporer - Vice-President

 

Dr Sporer began his three-year term as Chair of the Standardization Management Board and IEC Vice-President on 1 January 2017. He joined the Siemens Company in 1996 and is at present Manager for Standardization and Regulation after having held various positions in research and development and consulting within the company. Dr Sporer was Chair of the IEC Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency from 2013 to 2016 and has also been chairing the European Smart Grid Coordination Group since 2010.

 

The Chair of the SMB is an ex officio Vice-President for the duration of his term. The elected person is responsible for the standardization work of the IEC.

Kazuhiko Tsutsumi - Vice-President

 

Dr Tsutsumi began his three-year term as IEC Vice-President on 1 January 2019 with the specific task of strengthening the role and activities of the Market Strategy Board (MSB) to enhance IEC’s capacity to respond effectively to market and society needs. Dr Tsutsumi is also Convenor of the MSB. Prior to that, Dr Tsutsumi has served as a member of the IEC Council Board from June 2017 until the end of 2018 and member of the MSB from 2015 to 2017. At present, he is Corporate Advisor at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, where he has worked for more than 35 years.

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Council may elect a third Vice-President for specific and defined tasks. Council decided to elect a third Vice-President to lead IEC activities that maintain the Commission's close relationship with the market.

Frans Vreeswijk - General Secretary

 

Mr Vreeswijk became IEC General Secretary and CEO on 1 October 2012, having served as Deputy General Secretary since 1 March 2012. Prior to joining IEC Central Office, he worked for 30 years for Philips in the Netherlands, Austria and the USA, notably in research, healthcare and consumer electronics areas. Previously he was President of the IEC National Committee of the Netherlands (NEC) and has served on the IEC CB and SMB as well as representing the Netherlands in CENELEC.

 

The General Secretary is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and is responsible for its day-to-day operations.