In March 2015, IEC members were asked to nominate candidates for the position of IEC President in the run-up to the October election. Council members endorsed his candidacy and Shannon was elected as IEC President on 16 October during the Council Statutory Session in in Minsk, Belarus.
Shannon will become IEC President-Elect on 1 January 2016. Throughout the year he will have the opportunity to familiarize himself with the task ahead and provide support to IEC President Junji Nomura. On 1 January 2017, he will take over as President for a three-year term and Nomura will become IEC Immediate Past President.
Representing the IEC
The IEC President represents the Commission and chairs the Council, the Council Board (CB), the Executive Committee (ExCo) and the Market Strategy Board (MSB). He serves a three-year term and cannot be re-elected.
Jim Shannon: Dedicated to serving the community
From 2002 until 2014, Jim Shannon was President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an organization he joined in 1991 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. NFPA is an international organization which develops codes and standards which are adopted by state and local jurisdictions throughout the United States and widely used both by the Federal Government and governments around the world.
Prior to that, Shannon served as Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1991. In addition, he chaired the Antitrust Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and, as Attorney General, personally argued several cases on behalf of the Commonwealth in state and federal courts including the United States Supreme Court.
From 1985 to 1987, Jim Shannon was a Senior Partner at the law firm of Hale & Dorr in Boston, Massachusetts.
Shannon was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978, the youngest member of the 96th Congress and served in the House until 1985.
A graduate of Phillips Andover Academy, he received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and his Juris Doctor (JD) degree from George Washington University.