The American National Standards Institute elected Kevan P. Lawlor as the chair of its board of directors.

Lawlor, the president and CEO of NSF International, has 30 years of leadership experience at NSF, including roles as CFO, senior vice president of food safety and president of NSF International strategic registrations. Under Lawlor’s direction, NSF has expanded into new regions and markets and has offered additional services to become a global organization in the standards development, testing, certification, training and consulting sectors.

“We are absolutely delighted Kevan has been elected to lead the ANSI board,” ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia said. “As the leader of one of the most widely respected standards development organizations, his breadth and wealth of experience continues to provide us with strong strategic and practical support as we continue to promote and facilitate voluntary consensus standards in the U.S.”

Lawlor added: “ANSI’s role in supporting the global competitiveness of U.S. business by supporting the integrity of the standardization system and responding to critical domestic and international priorities is very complementary with NSF International’s global public health and safety mission. I’m honored to be elected chair and look forward to continuing my service with the organization.”

In other ANSI news, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the Water Quality Association announced the standard known as WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-801: Sustainable Management has been officially approved by ANSI as an American National Standard.

The standard can be used to evaluate a company’s sustainability-related governance and management practices at the corporate and production facility level. It focuses on these core attributes: Corporate social responsibility and healthy, safe working conditions; Organizational sustainability; and Sustainable supply chains.