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association news | Highlights & Updates 46 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG I SA has appoint- ed automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey as its new executive director. Ramsey, who has been serv- ing as ISA's interim executive director since January, has more than 25 years of industrial auto- mation experience. She specializes in leadership, change management, and strategy development/execution. Before serving as interim executive director, she was senior vice president of process au- tomation, Americas region, at Schneider Electric, where she was responsible for a $550 million profit/loss statement and 1,200 employees. She has also served as senior vice president of industry business USA and senior vice president of industry business Europe within Schneider. Before joining Schneider Electric, Ramsey held several business development roles within Matrikon International, Instrinsyc, Intellu - tion, Inc., and GE Fanuc, among others. Ramsey holds a BSEE degree from the University of Kentucky and a MBA with a specialty in finance and strategy from Loyola University. A search committee comprised of nine ISA members and leaders from around the world reviewed dozens of resumes and conducted a series of interviews over the past several months. "The search com- mittee has dedicated significant time and effort to make this decision. We are confi- dent that Mary's leadership and extensive experience will serve the organization, its members, and the automation community well for years to come," said executive search committee chair Steve Pflantz. "It's an honor to serve as ISA's execu- tive director," said Ramsey. "I'm excited to work with staff, members, and leaders to bring a fresh perspective to this impor- tant organization. ISA is truly unique in its ability to bring the automation community together to solve difficult technical prob- lems and provide leadership on critical is- sues facing our industries. We have a lot of work to do, and with the help and support of individuals and companies around the world, we will advance ISA's mission and create a successful future." n ISA and The Open Group to advance interoperable process control architecture I SA and The Open Group have agreed to a liaison memorandum of under- standing (MOU) to facilitate coopera- tion in advancing and harmonizing the development of a multivendor, interoper- able, and secure control architecture for application across the process industries. Activities will include sharing best prac- tices, document review, and joint forums. The Open Group is an industry consor- tium that develops open, vendor-neutral technology standards and certifications. The new liaison agreement pertains spe- cifically to The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), which devel- ops a standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture. ISA is known for developing standards in an open consensus process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has adopted many of ISA's American National Standards as international standards. Key ISA/IEC standards on cybersecurity and enterprise-control integration are pri- mary motivating factors in the agreement, points out Dennis Brandl, cochair of the OPAF Standards Working Group, chair of the OPAF Technology Architecture subcom- mittee, and long-time leader and primary editor in the development of the ISA-95 series of standards. "This MOU shows the commitment from ISA and The Open Group to develop open standards that im- plement the best practices in the industry," states Brandl. "The widely used ISA/IEC enterprise-control system integration stan- dards [ISA-95] and ISA/IEC 62443 standards [ISA-99] for the security of automation and control systems are key elements of the OPAF specifications. In addition, elements from ISA/IEC standards on alarm manage- ment [ISA-18], process safety [ISA-84], and batch process control [ISA-88] are being considered for inclusion as part of the OPAF specifications. We look forward to both groups working together." n ISA announces Mary Ramsey as executive director Frederick Albert Meier, PE, died on 14 July 2018 in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he was a long-term resident. Born in Mor - ristown, N.J., Meier served in the Army Reserve Specialized Training Program during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hobo - ken, N.J., as a mechanical engineer and later earned an MBA from Rutgers University. Meier had an interesting engineering career that took him to four continents, and he closed out his work career as the staff engineer for ISA in Research Triangle Park, N.C. He also coauthored a popular book, Instrumentation and Control Systems Documen- tation, Second Edition (, with his son Clifford A. Meier. His son and coauthor said, "Dad was happiest outdoors on Sunday hikes . . . He was a caring teacher, scout master, and unconditionally loving father. He was almost always the smartest guy in the room, but he was also the quietest until something needed to be said, or if he was laughing, or, to be honest, sneezing, which could be heard a block away." n In memoriam

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