About CEN

The European Committee for Standardization is one of three European Standardization Organizations (together with CENELEC and ETSI) that have been officially recognized by the European Union and by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as being responsible for developing and defining voluntary standards at European level.

Vincent Laflèche, CEN President

Mr Vincent Laflèche is Director of the ‘École des Mines’ in Paris. From 2013 to 2016, he acted as chairman and CEO of the French Geological Survey (BRGM). In 2003, he became the Assistant General Manager of INERIS, the French public research institute on environment and industrial risk prevention, subsequently acting as CEO from 2007 to 2013. Previously, he held a variety of positions in insurance and engineering companies. He also had a number of commitments within the French Standardization Organization (AFNOR), including Chairmanship of the Strategic Committee ‘Environment and Societal Responsibility’. Mr Laflèche studied at the École Polytechnique and began his career at the French Ministry of Environment. He was named as CEN President Elect in June 2015 and has held the role of CEN President since 1 January 2017.

Stefano Calzolari, CEN President-Elect

A civil engineer and entrepreneur, Mr Stefano Calzolari is the founder and the General Manager of SCLIngegneria Strutturale, an SME with a team of 22 professionals operating in the field of structural design. He was the President of Milan’s Order of Engineers from 2009 and 2016, and has been a Member of the Board of the “National Council of Engineers” since then, where he is in charge of standardization and certification of technical competences. Furthermore, he has gained an extensive experience in standardization, both at technical level, as the Italian expert in CEN/TC 53 ‘Temporary Works Equipment’ and Chairman of CEN/TC 344 ‘Steel Static Storage System’, and at governance level: since 2017 he is UNI’s Vice-President. To these skills, he adds a professional background as an expert of qualifications, especially in the field of competences: he founded and chaired the Italian Agency for Voluntary Competences Certification, CERT’ING. In June 2020, Mr Stefano Calzolari was elected as the next President of CEN for a three-year mandate starting in 2022-2024. He is serving as President-Elect since January 2021.

Ruggero Lensi, CEN Vice-President Technical

Mr Ruggero Lensi has been the Director General of the Italian Standardization Organization (UNI) since February 2017. He joined UNI in 1995, holding the positions of Head of the Standardization Department between 2000 and 2003, Technical Director until 2010 and Director of External Relations, New Business and Innovation until February 2017. Mr Lensi represented UNI for ten years on the CEN Technical Board (BT), where he served as Convenor of several Working Groups and also chaired the CEN/BT Technical Committee Management Group between 2004 and 2007. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University in Milan. He has been elected as CEN Vice-President Technical from 1 January 2018.

Christoph Winterhalter, CEN Vice-President Policy

Mr Christoph Winterhalter is the Chairman of the Executive Board of DIN, the German national standardization body. Before joining DIN he spent more than 20 years in industry working for the ABB group. He initially worked in various engineering, R&D and product management functions in Germany, Norway and the USA before he became responsible business unit manager for ABB’s robot automation and robotics products business in Germany. In 2010 he changed to ABB Corporate research as director of the German Research Centre until he was promoted head of ABB’s global Machinery Controls and Automation business end of 2013. Since July 2016 he joined DIN as Chairman of the Executive Board driving customer orientation and digital transformation within the standardization system by encouraging all internal and external stakeholders to be open minded and open for change in order to shape the future with standardization. Mr. Winterhalter was elected member of the CEN Administrative board and the ISO Council in 2017. He has been elected as CEN Vice-President Policy from 1 January 2018.

Jacob Mehus, CEN Vice-President Finance

Mr Jacob Mehus is Managing Director of Standards Norway (SN). He has previously held positions as Marketing Manager and Marketing Director with the organization, and he headed the sales company Standard Online for a while. Before joining Standards Norway, his work experience included research at the Norwegian Institute of Building Research. Mr Mehus has extensive domestic and international experience in management, project management, marketing and sales. Among other things, he has worked extensively with IT development as a prerequisite for business development and rationalization, and he is concerned with standardization as a force for innovation. Mr Jacob Mehus holds a Master of Science degree from Iowa State University and has post-graduate courses in economics and management from Stanford University, USA. He has been elected as CEN Vice-President Finance for the period from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.

Annika Andreasen, Sweden

Mrs Annika Andreasen is the CEO of the Swedish Institute for Standards, SIS. At SIS she previously held the position of Head of Standardization. Before SIS, she built a career in the private sector, working in a variety of leadership positions for two of Sweden’s most important multinational companies, Saab AB (2008-2017) and Ericsson AB (1992-2008). A software engineer by training, Mrs Andreasen started her career as a business consultant. She holds a degree in Electronics and Data from Blekinge University and studied Marketing and Business Economics at Uppsala University. She was elected as CEN’s Board Member in June 2019 for a two-year mandate starting in January 2020.

Tatjana Bojanic, Serbia

Mrs Tatjana Bojanic is the Director of the Institute of Standardization of Serbia (ISS), a role she has covered since December 2018. Before that, she was Acting director since 2015, ISS’ Head of Department for Legal, Human Resource and Common Affairs for five years. A lawyer by training, Mrs Bojanic had previously worked as Chief Inspector at the Serbian Ministry of Interior (2006-2010), Legal Adviser for a private company and journalist for the radio television of Serbia (1995-2006). She is a member of ISO DEVCO CAG and has worked with the Serbian Ministry of the Economy and Finance the drafting of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Standardization and the Regulation on Amending the Regulation on the application procedure and manner of information relating to technical regulations, standards and conformity assessment. Mrs Bojanic holds a degree in Law from the Pristina University and is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting. She was elected as CEN’s Board Member in June 2018 and officially started her mandate in January 2019.

Enda McDonnell, Ireland

Mr. Enda McDonnell is Head of Standards at NSAI, the National Standards Authority of Ireland, taking on this role from January 2016. He previously served on the CEN Administrative Board, representing NSAI between the years 2000 and 2011. During that time he also served on the ISO Council in 2003 and 2004. From 2012 to 2015, Enda helped to build up the Standardization Services arm of QCC, the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council - a powerful force in helping Abu Dhabi achieve its Economic Vision by underpinning the local Quality Infrastructure. Prior to the year 2000, Enda was involved in standardization as a technical expert, chairman of a national mirror committee, secretary of a national trade association and delegate in an international working group. This was mainly on the Electro-Technical side, as he previously worked in the electrical cable manufacturing industry. Enda now serves as the Secretary of the Irish National Committee for IEC. He has two Masters Degrees (MBA – Masters in Business Administration and MIE – Masters in Industrial Engineering) and a primary Engineering degree. Enda McDonnell is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He has been elected CEN Board Member with a term of office starting in January 2018.

Olivier Peyrat, France

Mr Olivier Peyrat has been Director General of the French Association for Standardization (AFNOR) since 2003. He has completed studies at the Ecole Polytechnique, the École nationale supérieure des télécommunications (ENST), Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Executive MBA) and INSEAD Business School. Mr Peyrat has long-standing professional experience in the fields of certification and standardization and has chaired numerous standardization committees and groups at national, European and international levels. He became Vice-President (Finance) of ISO in January 2013. He is an Ingénieur en Chef au Corps des Mines (Hon) and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha, Austria

Dr Elisabeth Stampfl-Blaha has been the CEO of Austrian Standards since 2013. At Austrian Standards, where she has been for around 30 years, she was first Manager of International, Legal and Organisational Affairs, and then Vice-Director, starting in 1998. Before that, she worked as a lawyer and an Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna. She has covered a variety of roles at the international and European level: at ISO she was Vice-President and Chair of the Technical Management Board from 2012 to 2016, Member of the Council and of the Technical Board. She has also been a member of CEN’s Technical Board and Administrative Board. Currently, she is a member of the CEN/CENELEC MRMC. Mrs Stampfl-Blaha holds a degree in Law and a Doctors Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Vienna. She was elected as CEN’s Board Member in June 2018.

Scott Steedman, United Kingdom

Dr Scott Steedman is Director of Standards at BSI, the National Standards Body of the United Kingdom. Formerly an academic at Cambridge University, Dr Steedman spent 20 years in industry working for major consulting and contracting companies in the construction sector. He is an Executive Director on the Group Board of BSI and a non-executive Director of the Port of London Authority. He was elected President of the European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation in 1997, a position he held for 11 years. Dr Steedman has been a Vice-President of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2010, he was awarded a CBE for his services to engineering. In 2012, Dr Steedman served as CEN Vice-President Policy from 2013 to March 2017.

Bogdan Topič, Slovenia

Dr Bogdan Topič is President of the Slovenian Institute for Standardization (SIST), and represents SIST in the framework of CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, ISO, IEC, and ITU-T. He has a PhD from the University of Ljubljana and an MBA from Bled Business School. Dr Topič has extensive experience of standardization, metrology and accreditation, and also spent many years serving in top management (CEO) positions in various companies. He was a CENELEC Board Member until 2015. He has been elected CEN Board Member with a term of office starting in January 2018.

Gheorghe Tucu, Romania

Mr Gheorghe Tucu is Managing Partner and founder of Valeg Creative Solutions. He has been the President of ASRO, Romanian Standards Association, since 2003. Since 2012 he has been a Board Member of the Romanian Accreditation Association (RENAR). Mr Tucu has also developed an extensive experience at the European level: he was a Board Member of CEN from 2006 to 2013 and of CENELEC from 2009 to 2012. Finally, from 2009 to 2010 he has also been a Member of the EXPRESS Panel of the European Commission on the review of the European Standardization System. An electrical engineer by education, he has built a career in the automation and energy sectors. After being the CEO and President of the Board of the Research Institute for Automation, IPA S.A, he worked as Country Manager for Honeywell Romania, Kelag Warme Romania and AB Energy Romania being, in the meantime, a Board Member at the Romanian Energy Efficiency Fund. He was elected as CEN’s Board Member in June 2018 and officially started his mandate in January 2019.

Rik van Terwisga, the Netherlands

Since 2018, Mr Rik van Terwisga is the CEO of NEN, the Netherlands’ Standardization Body. He started his career as Health Care and Real Estate management consultant and later Partner and Managing Director at Twynstra Gudde, a leading Dutch independent management consultancy firm with 500 consultants. He became CEO at Vitens in 2008, Netherlands’ largest drinking water company with 1.700 employees. In that period he was supervisor at Wetsus, the European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology. Mr Van Terwisga also held the chair of the Supervisory Board of the Martini Hospital in Groningen until 2020. He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Dutch Council for Accreditation and also Chairman of the Endowed Chair Standardisation at RSM/EUR University, Rotterdam. Mr Van Terwisga is educated as Civil engineer at Delft University of Technology and lives in Hilversum, The Netherlands. He was elected as CEN Board Member, starting in January 2021.

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