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ISO Is Seeking a New Secretary-General

Deadline for applications is Sept. 1, 2016

Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:42

(ISO: Geneva) -- The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is seeking applications for a new secretary-general. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) urges relevant stakeholders to consider this opportunity.

ISO has published details on the role’s two key functions: secretary-general of the organization and the chief executive officer (CEO) of the organization’s Central Secretariat (ISO/CS). The secretary-general is responsible to the ISO Council, and for following its directives, for the effective operation of the ISO system (comprising the ISO members, ISO committees, and ISO Central Secretariat), according to its Statutes and Rules of Procedure. The position’s responsibilities include:

• With an efficient organizational structure of ISO/CS, supporting the ISO members managing the decentralized standards development activities performed by more than 3,000 ISO committees and working groups, with the assistance of specific IT tools and e-services.
• Driving the implementation of a long-term strategy, approved by the ISO General Assembly.

The CEO of the Central Secretariat is responsible to the ISO Council, and these responsibilities include:
• The preparation and execution of yearly budgets and medium-term financial orientations, approved by the council.
• Developing ISO/CS in line with the ISO strategy and the ISO Council decisions.
• Managing the ISO Central Secretariat based in Geneva. ISO/CS employs 136 staff of 19 different nationalities and is in charge of supporting the standards development process, their editing, publication, and promotion in collaboration with the support of ISO members.

Applications and CV should be sent directly to Marionne Barge at Russell Reynolds (marionne.barge@russellreynolds.com) by Sept. 1, 2016.

For more information on the application process, please view the ISO communication about the position.


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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 162 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO is a nongovernmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society. View the ISO Standards list.