New hands on the IEC tiller

Changes in IEC top management

By Janice Blondeau

Since the 2012 IEC General Meeting, the Commission has seen a change of leadership, in the form of a new General Secretary & CEO and a new 3rd Vice-President.

Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

Frans Vreeswijk, IEC’s new General Secretary & CEO

Frans Vreeswijk took over the role of IEC General Secretary and CEO from 1 October 2012. He succeeded Ronnie Amit, who served as IEC General Secretary from 1999 until 30 September 2012.

Vreeswijk, an electrical engineer by training, spent almost 30 years in research, development and general management with Philips. He has a strong personal interest in and commitment to electrotechnology standardization, as well as an understanding of the benefits that participation in IEC work brings to industry.

“Companies who sit at the table where the technical rules for global trade are written, avoid that the competition writes those rules for them,” said Vreeswijk.

Vreeswijk became the IEC Deputy Secretary General on 1 March 2012 to facilitate a smooth leadership transition. Familiar with the IEC, he had been the President of the IEC Dutch National Committee and had served on the IEC CB (Council Board) and the IEC SMB (Standardization Management Board).

See related articles in e-tech December 2012 and January 2013.

Dr Shu Yinbiao, 3rd Vice-President of IEC

Dr Shu Yinbiao, who began his three-year term as IEC Vice-President in 2013, has the responsibility for leading both Market Strategy Board membership renewal and the technology-watch effort.

Dr Shu is the President of SGCC (State Grid Corporation of China), a member of Energy Experts Consultative Committee of the Chinese State Council, and Acting chairman of CSEE (Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering). By training he is a senior engineer in power systems and automation and at IEC he has the responsibility of fostering efforts to remain close to the market.

Since 2008, Shu has already served as the secretary of IEC TC 115: High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission for DC voltages above 100 kV; he has been a member of the SMB SG (Strategic Group) 2 on UHV (Ultra High Voltage) Technologies; and also a member of MSB. In February 2012, following the formal end of Enno Liess’s MSB convenorship, the IEC President appointed Shu as Convenor of the Market Strategy Board. He has served in this role since then.

Please see profile of Dr Shu in May 2013 issue of e-tech.

Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO
Frans Vreeswijk and Ronnie Amit Frans Vreeswijk and Ronnie Amit
Dr Shu Yinbiao, IEC Vice-President Dr Shu Yinbiao, IEC Vice-President