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Zhang Xiaogang

ISO President - China

Dr. Zhang Xiaogang has been elected ISO President for a three-year term which started on 1 January 2015. Dr Zhang is currently Vice Chairman 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 is serving his second term as ISO Vice-President (policy) for the period 2016-2017. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), Canada’s member body to ISO. Since his appointment in 2009, Mr. Walter has initiated a productive dialogue with senior decision-makers from industry and government in order to establish Canada’s strategic standardization priorities. This dialogue led to the implementation of innovative solutions to support Canada’s standardization priorities such as the accreditation of new standards development organizations; the systematic monitoring of thousands of standards in government regulations; and the development of new standards to help deploy leading-edge technologies. In addition to his duties at SCC, Mr. Walter helped strengthen international standardization by actively participating in ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB) and by assisting regional organizations such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) to set new strategic priorities.

Prior to his appointment at SCC, Mr. Walter gained extensive experience as both a developer and user of standards. From 2001 to 2009, he was Vice-President, Standards Development for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group), Canada’s largest standards development organization. Previously, Mr. Walter worked with standards from a business/industry perspective as the founding President and CEO of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). TSSA oversees public safety in Ontario, Canada’s largest province. While Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations in Ontario, he also gained experience using standards as a regulator. Mr. Walter 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. He is also a member of the Administrative Board of CEN (European Committee for Standardization). Mr Peyrat is a Chief Engineer of France’s Corps des Mines engineering school and has an academic background in business administration.

Olivier Peyrat

Miguel Payró

ISO Treasurer - Argentina / United Kingdom

Miguel Payró has been reappointed as ISO Treasurer until the end of 2018. Since 2015, Mr. Payró is Chief Financial Officer at GeNeuro SA, a Geneva-based biotechnology company. Previously he was Chief Financial Officer  at the Franck Muller Group, one of the world’s leading luxury watch groups. There, he was instrumental in reorganizing the corporate structure and implemented the first consolidation and international accounting standards. Before 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.