James A. Thomas is president of ASTM International, one of the world’s largest organizations for the development of international voluntary consensus standards. His professional career is concentrated on association management and the issues facing voluntary standardization.
Thomas began his career at ASTM in 1972. He continued to serve in positions of increasing responsibility involving ASTM standards development until 1983 when he was promoted to vice president of standards development. In this position, he was responsible for all ASTM technical committee operations, including guiding new technical committees in the early stages of their development and representing ASTM in standards development activities with other organizations.
In 1987, Thomas was appointed executive vice president of the Society, and in 1992, he was named president. As ASTM president, Thomas has been a staunch proponent of the multiple path approach to voluntary standards development. He is a frequent speaker advocating openness and transparency in international standardization.
Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations and a master’s degree in organization and management, both from La Salle University.