Gouhin named ISA executive director
Patrick Gouhin has been named executive director of ISA, and began with the organization on Jan. 3. “Pat's experience and aptitude make him an excellent choice to help our organization in this exciting period of renewal,” said ISA president Don Zee. “We are confident in his ability to work with our leadership, members, customers, and staff to lead ISA in setting the standard for automation.”
Most recently, Gouhin served as chief operating officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In his 15-year tenure with
AIAA, he was responsible for developing organizational strategies, launching numerous new ventures, enhancing the effectiveness of publishing and training programs, and conceiving strategic marketing and communications programs.
"I have tremendous respect for the legacy of ISA and am excited about becoming involved at this time when the organization is clarifying its position in the automation community," said Gouhin. "ISA's future is bright because of its strong foundation of products, services, committed leaders, and industry support. I am honored to be selected as Executive Director and look forward to taking responsibility for helping the Society achieve our mission."
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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