As part of the ISO General Assembly, members are asked to make their voices heard in shaping the future direction of the Organization. This includes the election of fellow members to sit on the ISO Council, as well as the nominations and election of the ISO Officers who perform key strategic roles.
As per the criteria set out in ISO’s rules, the candidate needs to be the head of an ISO member body, who must bring solid working knowledge of ISO and its policy, complemented by extensive international experience.
The nomination by the ISO member for Germany, DIN, of their current CEO, Christoph Winterhalter, was confirmed following a vote held by members as part of ISO Week 2021.
Christoph, whose duties as Vice-President (policy) will run for the 2022 to 2023 term, is a leading figure in standardization who brings substantial experience in matters of policy at the national and international level, informed by his current roles as head of DIN as well as VP Policy of the European Committee for Standardization, CEN (until end 2021).
Building on his master’s in Computer Science, Christoph spent almost two decades working in cutting-edge robotics at renowned international engineering giant ABB. He has maintained close links to industry and technology, and is a vocal advocate for the essential role of standards in Industry 4.0, and the need to maintain standards that keep pace with, and enable, digital transformation.
Christoph Winterhalter will begin his role as VP (policy) on 1 January 2022.