Some see ASTM as a place where standards development is easy and
open, a place where technology reduces obstacles, where professionalism
and efficiency are elevated to an art. Some see it as a well-oiled
standards machine, where limitations are related only to ones
own level of commitment. Some see it as the epitome of opportunity,
the embodiment of the free market spirit, an engine that drives
science and technology into the economy.
These are perspectives gained by experience. People with these
perspectives are people who know us. Theyve been here. Theyve
tried it and it works for them. Theyve achieved success in the
marketplace because theyve done their standards work here. Theyve
met their agencies goals because theyve done their standards
work here. Their products are safer and their own standards of
excellence are higher because theyve done their standards work
But lets look at ASTM another way for a moment, from a different
perspective. ASTM is more than a standards developing organization
with a satisfied family of participants. Its a standards organization
of the new millennium. The marketplace is global and the standards
family is extended. ASTM is a citizen of the world standards community.
It must deal with principles surrounding obstacles to trade and
conflicting viewpoints of international stakeholders. Standardization
in a global setting is fraught with complicated and difficult
aspects. ASTM, however, is not without experience here. For years,
it has sent its emissaries to far lands, reached out to other
countries, other governments, and other standards organizations.
Publishing in languages other than English and collaborative distribution
arrangements with other national standards organizations are just
two examples of how ASTM has moved outward and expanded its horizons.
International membership has increased significantly, as well
as international sales. We have been aware for some time, however,
that ASTM needed an institutional response to its global responsibilities.
To that end, ASTM is now proud to announce the creation of a new
senior staff position: vice presidentglobal cooperation; and
I personally am pleased to announce that Ms. Kitty Kono, ASTMs
Washington Representative, has been appointed to fill this new
position. Kitty Kono is well known to readers of SN as its former
editor in chief. She is also well known to ASTM members and its
Board of Directors as a former staff manager and the former executive
director of ASTMs Institute for Standards Research. She has become,
and will remain, a trusted colleague to our associates in government
and government relations. She will be a fine ambassador to the
global standards community.
Through its new vice president, ASTM will continue to build on
its relationships with colleagues abroad, enhance them, open new
dialogues, share its viewpoints, and increasingly understand and
honor the viewpoints of others. By the same token, ASTM will inevitably
become more accessible, open, and global in outlook and in membership,
a better working partner and a truer citizen of the world standards
Best wishes, Kitty, and bon voyage.
James A. Thomas
Kitty Kono, now the vice president of global cooperation, is new only to this
particular position in ASTM. Many members of both the Society
and the world standards community are familiar with Kono from
her many years of valuable service on our staff.
Kono joined ASTM in 1975 as a secretary in the Developmental Operations
division, and in just over a year had risen to become an assistant
manager. In 1980, she took on the responsibilities of staff manager,
serving committees such as D10 on Packaging, E18 on Sensory Evaluation,
and E12 on Appearance. Kono became editor in chief of this magazine
in 1982, a position she held for six years.
When ASTM formed the Institute for Standards Research in 1988
as a subsidiary charged with assisting ASTM committees in funding
and carrying out standards-related research, Kono took the helm
of that organization, serving as its manager, director, and executive
director over time.
In 1996, Kono left ISR and expanded her sphere of influence in
the standards world by representing ASTM in Washington, D.C. In
that position, she forwarded ASTMs interests and forged positive
relationships with the many agency representatives, congressional
staff, and elected officials involved in standards development
policy in the United States.
Kono is a graduate of Hollins College with a B.A. in psychology.
ASTM staff is pleased to congratulate Kitty as she takes on international
responsibilities for the Society. //
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