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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.

Junji Nomura - Immediate Past President


Dr Nomura became IEC Immediate Past President on 1 January 2017, following his three-year term as President from 2014 to 2016. Having been CTO since 2004, Dr Nomura is currently the Corporate Advisor, Energy Solution Business Promotion, at Panasonic Corporation. He was a member of the industrial association LonMark International until 2004 and is currently a member of the industrial technology committee of Nippon Keidanren and of, among others, a study group within the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He is also a Fellow of the Operations Research Society of Japan.


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 Jo 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.

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.

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.

Yinbiao Shu - Vice-President


Dr Shu, now serving his second term, began his first three-year term as IEC Vice-President in 2013 with specific responsibility for leading both Market Strategy Board membership renewal and the technology-watch effort. At present he is Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China and he has been the Convener of the MSB since June 2012. He is also a senior member of IEEE and vice-chairman of the China Society of Electrical Engineering.


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 Frans 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 Dutch National Committee of the IEC (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.