Hyundai Mobis CEO vying for top spot at International Organization for Standardization













































Hyundai Mobis CEO vying for top spot at International Organization for Standardization – Reuters



































































Hyundai Mobis CEO vying for top spot at International Organization for Standardization

By Kim Jae Heun

Hyundai Mobis CEO Cho Sung-hwan is in the running to become the head of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Korea Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) announced on Monday.

Cho Sung-hwan

The election will take place during the ISO General Assembly in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in September, and the candidate who wins the most votes from 124 full members will be appointed as the new President.

Cho is the first Korean to run for president of the nonprofit organization. He will face Decheng Wang, group president of the Chinese Academy of Machine Science and Technology.

The winner will officially take office in 2024 after serving as president-elect with current chef Ulrika Francke for a year.

ISO is the largest standards organization in the world with over 24,000 international standards covered.

The president-elect can choose his term of office — between two and three years — and Cho has applied to serve as president for two years.

KATS director Lee Sang-hoon served as ISO president between 2020 and 2022, and 41 Koreans currently serve as heads and secretaries of technical committees affiliated with the organization.

According to the list of most active members published by the ISO, Korea ranks eighth.

In Asia, Japan and India produced the most ISO chairs with two, followed by China and Singapore with one.

“Cho has proven his abilities as CEO of Hyundai Mobis, a global auto parts company, and has a deep understanding of international standardization. He also served as the head of Hyundai Motor’s American Technology Research Institute, where he gained various international experiences and is fluent in English,” a KATS official said.

































































































Aubrey L. Morgan