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Ecma International mourns the loss of Mike Smith

Geneva, 30 September 2011

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced few days ago the passing of Michael Smith, secretary of the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB), who had dedicated 32 years of service to the organization.

Mike Smith

Mr. Smith died of a sudden heart attack on September 25 in New Delhi, India, where he had been attending a meeting of the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) and ISO's 34th General Assembly.

"ISO has lost a great person, one who acted with deep knowledge of ISO and what it meant to be part of an organization that can, and is, making a difference in the world,” said ISO Secretary-General, Rob Steele. “But more importantly, we have lost a man who had integrity, respect and a wonderful sense of the reality and the humor of the world. We will all miss him.

Mr. Smith served as the TMB secretary since its inception in 1994, during which his exemplary leadership qualities in an international environment were widely recognized. A number of special TMB events were held last week in New Delhi to honor his achievements. On September 19, his TMB colleagues presented him with a souvenir book of personal messages and photos.

Mike Smith

I have been working with Mike for at least 25 years. Both in my various standardization capacities, as well as during the last years as Secretary General of Ecma. The ISO, the ISO/IEC JTC 1 and Ecma relations  have always been very special and Mike played an outstanding role in keeping those relationships perfect at all times. His always pragmatic approach to solve problems combined with his humor has been unique. Thanks Mike. We will truly miss you both as a friend and as a key figure to Ecma.” said Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International.

For more information: please contact Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Secretary General of Ecma International. Email:



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