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Terry Hill

ISO President - United Kingdom

Terry Hill has been elected ISO President for a two-year term starting on 1 January 2013. British and a civil engineer, Terry has global experience creating and implementing infrastructure and transport projects that bring benefit to communities all around the world. Between 2004 and 2009 he was Chairman of Arup Group, an 11,000 staff independent firm of engineers, planners and technology consultants, and is now Chairman of its owning Trusts. He previously led its Infrastructure Division, where his role centred on consulting, infrastructure and managing major projects. Terry holds degrees in civil and structural engineering, and economics. He is a non-executive member of the Crossrail Ltd Board and a fellow or member of many professional associations including the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the World Economic Forum. He is married with three sons.

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Terry Hill

Zhang Xiaogang

ISO President-elect - China

Dr. Zhang Xiaogang has been elected ISO President for a three-year term starting on 1 January 2015. He serves as President-elect in 2014. 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 39 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.

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 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

Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha has been appointed ISO Vice-President (technical management) until the end of 2014. 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 is a permanent member of the Administrative Board of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and has been a member in the CEN Technical Board and in various Strategy Groups. 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 appointed ISO Vice-President (finance) for the 2013 - 2014 term. 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

Rob Steele

ISO Secretary-General

ISO Secretary-General since 1 January 2009, Rob Steele has been reappointed for a second term of office (2014-2018). He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Standards New Zealand (SNZ) and is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. During his tenure as CEO of the New Zealand standards body, he represented SNZ on the ISO Council and Council Standing Committee on Strategy, and the ISO Technical Management Board. He was also Secretary of the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) from 2002 to April 2007.

In his career Rob has worked in the private sector in New Zealand and Canada in many roles. He was Chief Executive of an electricity distribution company and prior to that in providing senior management advice to clients of Deloitte on financial audit and organizational finance. He has served on several Boards as a director of companies in the manufacturing and service sectors. Rob holds New Zealand and Canadian citizenship.

Rob Steele