CEN Board members 

 CEN Board members 2018

  • The President: Mr Vincent Laflèche

    Mr Vincent Laflèche

    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.

  • Vice-President Policy: Mr Christoph Winterhalter

    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 for the period from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019.

  • Vice-President Technical: Mr Ruggero Lensi

    Mr Ruggero Lensi

    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.

  • Vice-President Finance: Mr Thomas Idermark

    Mr THomas Idermark

    Mr Thomas Idermark has been the CEO and President of the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) since 2015, when he was also elected to the CEN Administrative Board. Mr Idermark is currently the CEO and Chairman of SIS Förlag AB Publishing of standards, a subsidiary of SIS. Between 2008 and 2014, he served as President and CEO of SKL Kommentus AB, a commercial organization that provides consulting services to local and regional public authorities in Sweden. Mr Idermark has completed studies in Economics, Rural Management and Business Management. During his career he held senior management positions in business and in the banking sector and also as a consultant. Mr Thomas IDERMARK has been elected Vice-President Finance with a term of office from 6 September 2017 to 31 December 2019.

  • Mr Francisco Javier García Díaz - UNE, Spain

    Mr Javier García Díaz

    Mr Javier García Díaz is the Director General of UNE, the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification. He formerly held the position of Standards Director from 2012 until 2017. Previously, he was Pre-Accession Advisor of the European Commission to Bulgaria in the field of Free Movement of Goods and member of the CEN and the CENELEC Technical Boards (BT). Between 2008 and 2013, he acted as Chairman of the Technical Committee Management Group of the CEN/Technical Board (BT). Mr García Díaz serves as a member of the IEC Standardization Management Board and chairs the CEN Strategic Advisory Group on Services. Mr García Díaz is a chemical engineer from the Complutense University in Madrid and holds Post-Graduate degrees in Business Administration and Marketing Management. He followed Diplomatic Studies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Mr Pekka Järvinen - SFS, Finland

    Mr Järvinen

    Mr Pekka Järvinen has served as Managing Director of the Finnish Standards Association (SFS) since 2002. During this time, he also contributed to the work of the CEN Administrative Board (2002-2013) and the ISO Council (2009-2010). Prior to joining SFS, he held a number of management positions in Finnish companies in the paper and chemical industries. Mr Järvinen holds a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Helsinki School of Economics.

  • Mr Priit Kikas – EVS, Estonia

    Mr Priit Kikas

    Mr Priit Kikas has been Managing Director of the Estonian Centre for Standardization (EVS) since 2006. His experience in standardization date back to 2001, when he was responsible for coordinating quality infrastructure activities in Estonia while working in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication. Mr Kikas holds a degree in Economics from the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has also served as a member of the CENELEC Administrative Board (CA) since 2011.

  • Mr Peter Maas - NEN, The Netherlands

    Mr Peter Maas - NEN, The Netherlands

    Mr Peter Maas has been a member of the Management Team at the Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN) since 2000. Since joining NEN in 1993, he has held numerous senior management positions covering both standards development and standards publishing. He is currently responsible for Business Development, Communication and Marketing, Strategic Account management, Public Affairs and International Affairs. Prior to joining NEN, he held various positions in Research and Marketing & Sales at a Dutch truck manufacturer. Mr Maas is a mechanical engineer graduate from the University of Technology in Eindhoven. He holds Post-Graduate degrees in Business Administration and Marketing Management.

  • Mr Enda McDonnell - NSAI, Ireland

    Enda McDonnell

    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.

  • Mr Jacob Mehus - SN, Norway

    Jacob Mehus

    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. 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. 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.

  • Mr Olivier Peyrat - AFNOR, France

    CEN Board Member - Mr O.Peyrat

    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.

  • Dr Scott Steedman - BSI, UK

    Mr Steedman

    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.

  • Dr Bogdan Topič -SIST, Slovenia

    Bogdan Topič

    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.