Renzo Tani, an Italian whose previous experience includes a spell as chief executive officer of IOS, an American-Italian joint venture manufacturing magnets for the home appliance industry, and CEO of Siemens Data, a German-Italian joint venture in the electronic data processing field, has begun his one-year term as president elect of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Tani will begin his three-years term of office as IEC President on 1 January 2005.

Frank Kitzantides was appointed chairman of the standardisation management board and vice president of the IEC for a three-year term of office starting on 1 January 2004. He has been the US member of the board since 1987, and the US technical advisor for IEC TC 23 (electrical accessories) since 1981. Kitzantides has spent his entire professional career with NEMA, the US National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association, and is presently NEMA’s vice president of engineering.