He did it his way

IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo to step down end 2013

By Claire Marchand

IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo will step down at the end of 2013. As in previous years, IECEE, the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components, held its annual series of meetings at the beginning of the summer, this time in Vancouver, Canada, from 17 to 21 June 2013. What distinguished this year’s gathering was the announcement that IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo would step down at the end of the year.

IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo during his speech in Vancouver, Canada

The (not quite yet) final curtain

In a very personal and heartfelt speech inspired by Frank Sinatra's song My Way, de Ruvo took the opportunity to reminisce about the 14 years he has spent at the helm of the IECEE, "a system where there are no premium Members, but Members adhering to a common objective…[to] facilitate trade through mutual recognition".

Together we are stronger

In his speech, de Ruvo paid a special tribute to the founders of the IECEE, whom he met in the early 1980s and who were instrumental in leading him towards conformity assessment, instilling in him the maxim: "United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided there is little we can do".

He then expressed his gratitude to the past and current Chairmen and the Officers of the System, thanked his team profusely for their extraordinary assistance and hard work over the years and voiced his appreciation of the IECEE stakeholders and community at large for their infallible support, encouragement and confidence.

On a more personal note, de Ruvo said that none of this would have been possible without the limitless support he has received from his wife.

The future is bright...the future is... IECEE

Making his the famous words pronounced by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, de Ruvo urged his colleagues to ask themselves "not what the IECEE can do for you but what you can do for the IECEE", to make the world a better, safer and more efficient place.

The following lines, taken from de Ruvo's speech, highlight the spirit in which he is leaving the IECEE: "I am confident that the work we've done thus far will put the IECEE in good stead for many years ahead. […] Whatever major challenges may lie ahead, I hope that the future IECEE will remain the reference, the unique global recognition system, yet one that truly facilitates trade and be invaluable across industrialized countries to developing nations".

In-depth review of IECEE work

On a more traditional note, the Vancouver event was an opportunity for the CMC (Certification Management Committee) to review all IECEE activities undertaken since the 2012 annual meeting. Over two days, 19-20 June, the System's various Committees and Working Groups reported on their specific attributions and tasks. The huge number of items under scrutiny, mostly pertaining to the smooth running of the System, also included:

  •  the launch of INDAT, the new product category for industrial automation (see e-tech June 2103);
  •  new services that are currently under development, such as Smart Grid and a Global EEE (Electrical Energy Efficiency) Labelling Programme;
  • cooperation with other international organizations, citing as an example the long-standing and  successful collaboration efforts with IAF (International Accreditation Forum) and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation)

All decisions made by the CMC in Vancouver will be submitted to IEC CAB (Conformity Assessment Board) for approval at their October meeting in New Delhi, India, during the IEC General Meeting.

pro2013-speech IECEE Executive Secretary and COO Pierre de Ruvo during his speech in Vancouver, Canada
Depositphotos_12210078_original IECEE Members adhere to a common goal... facilitate trade through mutual recognition
Robotic-dual-welding IECEE recently launched a new service, INDAT, for industrial autromation (Photo: Dewal)