President Jan Janse (right) and fellow ETIM International Board Members

ETIM International, the global coordinating organisation for the technical product data classification, has elected Jan Janse of Sonepar as their new President with effect from 24 October 2017.

Jan, Managing Director of Sonepar’s Technische Unie in the Netherlands for 12 years and latterly leading their Digital Business Development group in Northern Europe, said of his new role,

“I am honoured and delighted to follow in the footsteps of inspirational ETIM International President Franz Ernst, and to lead the vision and strategy for the classification.”

“Franz was one of the founders of the first ETIM model in Germany and has been instrumental in driving the expansion of the classification. Thanks to his tireless commitment the ETIM classification is gaining ground globally, with Russia as our most recent member. I look forward to continuing his legacy and working with our talented Board to expand ETIM’s scope and reach.”

In addition to appointing a new President, October’s ETIM International General Assembly in Milan also elected two new Board members: economist Hans Henning, executive director of Germany’s electrical wholesalers association VEG and DG Haustechnik, their HVAC and sanitary wholesalers association, and engineer Magnus Siren, managing director of the Finnish federation and their sector’s central database.

Marc Habets, Technical Director at ETIM International added,

“On behalf of ETIM International, I would like to express how enormously appreciative we are of the effort, energy and commitment that Franz has devoted to ETIM, and his key role in its success. We hope he enjoys a happy and healthy retirement.”

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New President of ETIM International, Jan Janse (far right) with fellow Board Members (l-r):  Eric Piers, Sverker Skoglund, Ryszard D’Antoni, Hans Henning, and Magnus Siren.