Principal Officers

Zhang Xiaogang

ISO President - China

Dr. Zhang Xiaogang has been elected ISO President for a three-year term starting on 1 January 2015. Dr Zhang is currently President of Ansteel Group Corporation, which counts amongst the world's top 500 corporations, and has distinguished himself in various high level leadership positions over the years for several related iron and steel corporations during a career spanning 35 years. An active member of the iron and steel industry, Dr. Zhang holds a Doctorate in metal material and heat treatment and has a keen interest in both the academic and industrial side of things. He has taken part in many scientific research projects, as well as won a number of important scientific awards. His commitment to the industry led him to chair and direct various iron and steel associations and committees in China. He was also the Chairman of the World Steel Association, and chaired an ISO technical committee during 13 years. During his time on the Chinese Standardization Expert Committee, he played an important role in strategic planning, policy making and standards research for standardization at the national level.

Message from the incoming President

Zhang Xiaogang

John Walter

ISO Vice-President (policy) - Canada

John Walter has been appointed ISO Vice-President (policy) for the 2014-2015 term. Since 2009, John has been Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), where he oversees the Canadian standardization system to promote the effective use of standards in Canada, contributing to the country’s competitiveness and social well-being. John has actively participated in the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB), representing SCC, and promotes SCC’s work internationally through its activities in capacity-building with the national standards bodies of developing countries. Prior to this, John was directly involved in the use and development of standards while he served as Vice President, Standards Development, of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). During his career, he was involved in standards from a business and industry perspective as President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, an NGO mandated to deliver public safety services in Ontario, Canada’s largest province. While Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations in Ontario, he gained experience using standards as a regulator. John holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, Ontario.

Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha

ISO Vice-President (technical management) - Austria

Dr Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha has been reappointed ISO Vice-President (technical management) until the end of 2016. Dr Stampfl-Blaha, who joined the Austrian Standards Institute (ASI) in 1988, has been ASI Vice-Director since 2005. Since 2007, she has also been Vice-Director of Austrian Standards plus GmbH (a sister company of ASI). As of 1 February 2013, she became the Chief Executive Officer of ASI and of Austrian Standards plus GmbH. As Manager International Relations, Legal and Organizational Affairs at ASI, she held responsibilities for several organizational and business development projects. In this function, she has also represented ASI on the ISO Technical Management Board and on Council.

At the European level, Dr Stampfl-Blaha has been a member of the CEN Administrative Board of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) from 1990 to 2013 and was a member of the Technical Bureau from 1990 to 1999. She has been involved as senior expert in institution-building and strategic consultancy projects in several countries. She is a member of Supervisory Boards and gives lectures at Universities. Dr Stampfl-Blaha holds a doctorate’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, and a further doctorate in Law.

Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha

Olivier Peyrat

ISO Vice-President (finance) - France

Olivier Peyrat has been reappointed ISO Vice-President (finance) until the end of 2016. Mr Peyrat has been Director General of AFNOR Group since 2003. He started his professional career in 1984 in the Regional Administration of Industry and Research of Ile de France and then held several management positions related to quality and certification in public administration. In 1989, he joined the French Quality Assurance Association (AFAQ) and became its Director General in 1993. He served in 1995-1996 as advisor to the French Minister of Industry. In 1997, he was appointed Chair of the Management Board of AFAQ ASCERT International. Mr Peyrat has also chaired a number of standards committees and working groups at national, European and international levels.

He belongs to the Board of Directors of Groupe des Industries Métallurgiques (GIM – France). He has represented AFNOR on the ISO Council and on its standing committees on finance or strategy since 2003, and has been the Chair of the ISO committee on conformity assessment (CASCO) in 2007 – 2011. Mr Peyrat has an academic background in engineering and business administration.

Olivier Peyrat

Miguel Payró

ISO Treasurer - Argentina / United Kingdom

Miguel Payró has been appointed ISO Treasurer until the end of 2015. Since 2003, Mr. Payró is Chief Financial Officer at Groupe Franck Muller, one of the world’s leading luxury watch groups. He was instrumental in reorganizing the corporate structure of Groupe Franck Muller and implemented the first consolidation and international accounting standards there. Previous to this, he held senior positions for different organizations such as Banque Paribas Suisse, Citicorp Bank Switzerland, Manufacturers Hanover (Suisse) and Unilabs. During his career, Mr. Payró has gained in-depth knowledge of mergers and acquisitions, structured financing and management of bank investment portfolios. Born in Geneva, most of his career has been in Switzerland and he has had interactions with various levels of the Swiss government: advisor to the State of Geneva on the development of high tech start-up incubators; and negotiating and finalizing key tax settlements with the Swiss authorities.  Mr. Payró holds a Degree in Business administration from the University of Geneva and is fluent in several languages.

Miguel Payró

Kevin McKinley

Acting ISO Secretary-General

Kevin McKinley was Deputy Secretary-General from 2003 until taking up the post of Acting Secretary-General in August 2015.

Prior to this he was Director at the Standards Council of Canada, a Crown Corporation responsible for Canada's National Standards System. Kevin has also held senior posts at the Canadian Standards Association, Canada's largest standards development organization and was involved in national standardization issues in business management and worker safety.

Kevin began his career in the oil and gas industry at Esso Petroleum Canada, serving as a Construction Project Engineer and later as the Contact Engineer supporting Esso's environmental operations at Sarnia Refinery in Ontario, Canada.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.