The International Code Council and the International Accreditation Service Board Oct. 31 announced that Indian American Raj Nathan was named the next president of IAS.
IAS is a nonprofit, scientific, educational subsidiary of the ICC that accredits calibration and testing laboratories, providers of inspection services, building/code enforcement agencies, fire prevention departments, fabricators, metal builders’ and assemblers’ inspection programs, management system certification bodies, product certification agencies, personnel certification bodies and related conformity assessment organizations, according to an ICC news release.
Nathan, who replaces the retired C.P. Ramani, has more than three decades of experience in business development, operations, accreditation and conformity assessment and has been with IAS since 2002, the council said.
“On behalf of the IAS Board, I’m excited to welcome Raj as the new IAS president,” said IAS board chair James G. Toscas in a statement. “Raj has been a dedicated member of the IAS team and an important factor in the remarkable growth of the organization for many years, and we all look forward to working with him closely during this transition and beyond.”
Most recently, he served as senior vice president, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations for the organization. During his tenure at IAS, Nathan spearheaded a major restructuring of the organization’s operations to better serve clients’ needs, led a multi-phased software development to automate internal processes, directed an enhanced digital marketing strategy and spearheaded IAS’s global business services, the council said.
Additionally, according to his IAS bio page, Nathan has served and lead international teams to Japan, India and Singapore, among others, on a variety of global assignments in peer evaluation of the national accreditation systems. He has led the successful expansion of IAS’ business operations in Middle East, China, Turkey and South America over the past decade.
“Raj’s appointment as president is the culmination of many years of hard work and commitment to IAS,” council chief executive Dominic Sims said in a statement. “Under his vision and leadership, we’re sure to see a continued focus on quality services, customer satisfaction and global growth.”
Nathan holds a M.S. degree in industrial and management systems engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, as well as a bachelor’s in engineering.