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David Weinstein
  • President and CEO

David Weinstein

  • President and CEO

David Weinstein was appointed President and CEO, CSA Group on November 11, 2015.

As President and CEO, David Weinstein will be responsible for the leadership and direction of the global company, which employs more than 1,800 people serving approximately 35,000 customers across a portfolio of standards development and solutions, training and advisory services, and testing and certification in North America, Europe and Asia.

Most recently, Mr. Weinstein was CEO of ABS Group, where he was responsible for leading the firm’s growth and success. ABS Group is a 2,400-person membership-based technical services firm with operations in over 30 countries that provides consulting, inspection, and certification services to oil and gas, power, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and government clients — enabling them to operate safely, reliably, efficiently, and in compliance with regulations and standards. Prior to ABS Group, he was a partner in several management consulting firms, including Accenture and Oliver Wyman — assisting commercial, non-profit, and government agency clients with a range of growth and performance improvement challenges. Over the years his clients have included organizations engaged in standards development, providers of testing and certification services, and a significant number of Canadian companies and Crown corporations.

David Weinstein holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a dual concentration in Finance and Multi-National Management. He also has Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Vikki Dunn
  • Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Vikki Dunn

  • Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Communications

Vikki Dunn was appointed Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Communications at CSA Group on August 1, 2016. Her global responsibilities include market intelligence, corporate marketing, internal and external communications, digital media, public affairs, and government relations.

Prior to joining CSA, Ms. Dunn ran Strategic Growth Advisors, a strategic marketing consulting firm, specializing in business growth and creating value through strategic planning and market research, defining the differentiated value proposition, driving stakeholder engagement, and enhancing brand and reputation.

A B2B strategic marketing and business development specialist, Ms. Dunn has a 30-year career in technology commercialization and marketing within the energy, oil and gas, chemicals, certification and IT industries. She was Chief Marketing Officer for the Drilling and Surface business of GE Oil & Gas and held numerous senior executive strategic marketing and corporate brand and communications roles at Royal Dutch Shell. She began her career as an engineer at Ericsson and was a product manager at Compaq Computer during the birth of the PC industry.

A frequent industry speaker and guest lecturer at select university MBA programs, Ms. Dunn graduated with a degree in Engineering from SMU in the USA, and is a graduate of the IMD Executive Leadership program in Switzerland.

Farhan Imam
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Farhan Imam

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Farhan Imam was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for CSA Group in April 2017. He provides leadership and oversight over the global financial function including financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, internal controls, tax, treasury, insurance, operational finance, risk management and M&A.

Prior to joining CSA, Mr. Imam was the Vice President Finance for the Pipeline Performance Group of Shawcor Ltd, based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Imam led a global team and had responsibility for financial management and overall direction of financial planning and analysis, forecasting, and oversight for reporting and financial procedures. As a member of the executive management team, he also played a key role in strategic decision making including bid approvals, M&A, hedging and capital expenditures. Prior to his role as VP Finance, Mr. Imam served as the Director of Tax and had responsibility over tax compliance, tax planning, structuring, transfer pricing and deploying tax efficient cash repatriation strategies.

Prior to Shawcor, Mr. Imam was with Ernst & Young as member of the tax team and with Deloitte as a member of the audit staff. Mr. Imam is a Certified Professional Accountant, and Chartered Accountant (Ontario). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Paul Keane
  • Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Paul Keane

  • Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Paul Keane joined CSA Group in March 2008 as Executive Vice President, Human Resources. He has global responsibility for the Human Resources and Occupational Health Safety and Environment divisions of CSA Group.

Mr. Keane’s 25+ years experience includes working for large foreign and domestic multinationals and extends into many diverse industries such as Pharmaceutical, Specialty Chemicals, Retail, Information Technology, Wholesale Distribution, Environmental and Certification & Testing.

Prior to joining CSA, Mr. Keane held the position of Director, Human Resources with HD Supply Canada Inc., a wholesale distribution company operating as a division within Home Depot that was focused solely on serving the Supply needs of professional customers in the infrastructure, construction, maintenance and repair and remodel markets. He was a key member of the Leadership team and was responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function in Canada, reporting to the President of HD Supply Canada Inc.

Prior to that, Mr. Keane was Vice President, Human Resources at Waste Management of Canada Inc. wherein he was a member of the Executive Leadership team and led the development and implementation of the strategic HR initiatives for the Canadian operations that had revenues of $1BB with over 4,000 employees in over 100 locations.

During his career, Mr. Keane has built extensive experience in all facets of Human Resources with particular emphasis on strategy, change management, employee engagement, talent management and mergers & acquisitions.

Mr. Keane attended York University where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree, Public Policy & Administration. He is a certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and has obtained the Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.) and the Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada) in 2014. Mr. Keane obtained his Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC) designation in August 2015.

Rajiv Rajput
  • Executive Vice President, Strategic Development

Rajiv Rajput

  • Executive Vice President, Strategic Development

Rajiv Rajput was appointed Executive Vice President, Strategic Development at CSA Group on March 1, 2016.

As Executive Vice President, Strategic Development at CSA Group, Rajiv Rajput will focus on achieving higher levels of operational performance and pursuing new opportunities for the global testing and certification business.

Mr. Rajput has more than 20-years of experience helping clients accelerate growth and achieve operational excellence in areas including digital healthcare, enterprise transformation, cost transformation and driving high performance.

Most recently, he was Managing Director at Accenture for Communications, Media and High Tech and Medical Equipment Technologies. Accenture is a large management consulting organization focused on strategy, technology and outsourcing. During his tenure with Accenture, Mr. Rajput focused on large scale business transformation programs, technology transformation and growing new markets.

Mr. Rajput graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer.

Kathryn Yung
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Legal, Ethics & Compliance Officer

Kathryn Yung

  • Executive Vice President, Chief Legal, Ethics & Compliance Officer

In June 2017, Kathryn Yung was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Legal, Ethics & Compliance Officer. Reporting to the President and CEO,  Ms. Yung manages the global legal, corporate governance and ethics & compliance functions at CSA Group. Her responsibilities include formulation and implementation of legal review policies and procedures, compliance, training, budget management and cost allocation for legal projects. Ms. Yung is also responsible for oversight and execution of files ranging from strategic corporate/commercial reviews to new business assessments and transactions. As Corporate Secretary, a position she has held since January 27, 2017, Ms. Yung is responsible for CSA Group’s governance framework and administration of the Board of Directors.

In August 2014, Ms. Yung relocated to England to manage the integration of an acquired automotive test and development business.  She served as interim Managing Director with full P&L, capex, budgeting and management responsibilities.  She was a strong supporter of local apprenticeship and community programs and associations, including women in business initiatives.

Ms. Yung began her career with CSA Group as Legal Counsel in January, 2005.  Previous positions include Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Regional Counsel for European operations, for which she travelled regularly to CSA Group’s German offices.  Prior to joining CSA Group, Ms. Yung was in-house legal counsel at Imperial Oil, and was the first-line legal resource supporting all aspects of Canadian retail operations.

She holds civil and common law degrees from McGill University, Montreal; a Bachelor of Arts, Honours from Queen’s University, Kingston in Economics and English; and completed the Herstmonceaux International Study Centre International Business and Law diploma program in East Sussex, UK as well as various leadership programs.  In 2016, Ms. Yung passed her qualification exams (QLTS) as Solicitor for England and Wales.  Ms. Yung also participates in legal industry associations and events.

Chris Bradley
  • Vice President, Process Transformation

Chris Bradley

  • Vice President, Process Transformation

Chris Bradley was appointed Vice President, Process Transformation at CSA Group on January 19th, 2017. In this role he will be responsible for assessing and implementing process improvement opportunities globally, to improve our performance.

Mr. Bradley has almost 20 years of experience in top Canadian and global companies where he implemented impactful transformational programs that improved margins and had positive impact on bottom line. His keen focus on outcome utilizing fact-based decisions helped him to identify initiatives that enabled growth through simplified processes, resulting in significant cost savings and new revenue opportunities.

His experience includes working with a wide range of clients including financial services, telecommunications & cable, retail, high tech, oil & gas, utilities, transportation and the broader public sector. His most recent role was with a global strategy consulting firm as Senior Principal, Operations & Process Transformation. He has been a guest lecturer at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto and the Lazardis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Chris Bradley graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Inga Hipsz
  • Vice President, Global Programs

Inga Hipsz

  • Vice President, Global Programs

Inga Hipsz was appointed Vice President, Global Programs at CSA Group on January 19th, 2017.  In this role, she will be responsible for implementing and managing global, cross-functional programs designed to drive the strategic plan and grow the company. Her leadership will apply to testing, inspection, certification and standards, as well as other key corporate areas.

Ms. Hipsz is a recognized Change Agent with in-depth experience in strategic program development and implementation, building highly effective teams, standards development, Lean Thinking, and world-class manufacturing environments with high standards of customer satisfaction, quality control, and reliability. She has held a number of senior positions at CSA Group. Since 2011, Ms. Hipsz held the role of Director, Sustainability at CSA Group where she was responsible for standards development in the environmental, business management, natural resources, as well as construction and civil infrastructure.  During that time, she also instituted the Lean program within the Standards division.  Prior to this role, she was the Program Manager for Environment & Climate Change. She also held the position of the Innovation Champion with CSA Standards working in the CSA President’s Innovation Centre where she helped lead the organization in continuous process improvement and culture change through the application of Lean Thinking and Six Sigma tools.  During her initial role as a Project Manager in the nuclear standards development program she first introduced the concepts of Lean Thinking and helped conduct the first Kaizen to reduce and improve the standards development process. For her efforts she received the first President’s Innovation Award in April 2009.

Ms. Hipsz worked in various project management, process engineering, process improvement, and quality control roles with Kodak Canada Inc. for almost a decade prior to joining CSA Group in 2005, where she received the Eastman Kodak Six Sigma Black Belt Practitioner Certification. During this time, she was selected to develop a cross-functional communications team to shape a Lean Manufacturing culture, which was recognized by the Shingu Jitsu sensei as World-Class. She was also presented with the KOS (Lean Manufacturing) Leadership Award by the Eastman Kodak Co.

Inga Hipsz holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.  She is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Farukh Javed
  • Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Farukh Javed

  • Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Farukh Javed was appointed Vice President, Chief Information Officer at CSA Group on August 8, 2016.

As CIO at CSA Group, Mr. Javed will focus on transforming the current technological landscape to deliver a higher level of operational effectiveness, service delivery performance and overall customer experience.

Mr. Javed has more than 15 years of experience in leading business transformations enabled by technology. Most recently he was the Canada CIO at GlaxoSmithKline Inc. leading the startup of an engagement platform designed to encourage scientific debate for improving better patient health outcomes. Prior to his assignment at GSK, Farukh Javed was at Procter & Gamble Inc. delivering strategic initiatives across 80 markets worldwide. These included developing shared services, enabling mergers and acquisitions, entering emerging markets, monetizing intellectual property and leading innovation. Mr. Javed started his career programming financial systems as an Intern Analyst at IBM Canada Ltd.

Mr. Javed graduated from McMaster University with a B. Eng. in Engineering Physics and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Melodie Mason
  • Vice President, Total Rewards

Melodie Mason

  • Vice President, Total Rewards

Melodie Mason joined CSA Group in October 2010 as Director, Total Rewards.  She was appointed to the role of Vice President, Total Rewards in November 2016.

Ms. Mason is a key member of the Human Resources leadership team.  Her global responsibilities include leading and developing CSA Group’s total rewards strategy, an integral part of employee engagement and retention.  She will be responsible for monitoring the global compensation, pension & benefits programs to ensure that they are market competitive and effectively designed to mitigate employer risk and cost, while being perceived positively by employees. In addition, she will oversee the data integrity of the Human Resources Information System.

Ms. Mason has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources working for large multinational organizations in diverse industries such as Consumer Goods, Logistics Solutions, and Retail.  Her prior positions include Human Resources leadership roles with such companies as Kellogg Canada Inc. and Federal Express Canada Ltd.

Ms. Mason attended Brock University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology & Sociology.  She is a Certified Human Resources Leader and has obtained several certifications in her field – Certified Compensation Profession (CCP), Certified Benefits Profession (CBP), Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), and a Certificate in Global Benefits Management as well as a Masters Certificate in Business Leadership for Human Resources Professionals.  In addition she has completed the Certificate in General Management from the Queen’s University School of Business Executive Development Program.

Neil Ortlieb
  • Vice President, Global Operating Performance

Neil Ortlieb

  • Vice President, Global Operating Performance

In January 2017, Neil Ortlieb was appointed Vice President, Global Operating Performance for CSA Group. In his new role, he will be responsible for improving operational performance across CSA Group’s testing, inspection, and certification global operations.

Mr. Ortlieb has an extensive background in improving operational performance and running global delivery centers. He has spent 26 years with Accenture – the last 15 years of which as Managing Director where he was responsible for the technology services business in Canada and the North American Technology Delivery Center’s digital application services. He has broad experience in working with Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies around the world.

Mr. Ortlieb has a passion for building, motivating, and leading teams in selling, designing, and delivering exceptional technology – supported business solutions. Throughout his career, he has a track record of delivering complex digital strategies across business units and borders, to drive a significantly improved customer experience for companies in Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. As a recognized inspirational leader, he brings people together, instilling a shared vision, fostering collaboration, and delivering results across company-wide division groups and borders.

Mr. Ortlieb has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has lived and worked across Canada, the US, Europe (England, Germany) and Asia (China, Japan) and is now based in Toronto.

Standards
Mary Cianchetti
  • President of Standards

Mary Cianchetti

  • President of Standards

Mary Cianchetti was appointed President of Standards at CSA Group on August 31, 2016. As President of Standards, Ms. Cianchetti will lead the next chapter of standards development and ensure continued success in member engagement.

Ms. Cianchetti has more than 20 years of experience in engineering and more than a decade working specifically in standards development. Her most recent position at CSA Group was a dual role as Director of Health and Safety Standards and Membership. She has worked for CSA Group for 12 years in a variety of progressive roles and portfolios including energy efficiency, oil & gas, and nuclear. Prior to joining CSA Group, Ms. Cianchetti worked in the wire and cable industry.

Ms. Cianchetti graduated from the University of Toronto with a B. A. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Karim Nazarali
  • Vice President, Electrical and Gas Standards

Karim Nazarali

  • Vice President, Electrical and Gas Standards

Karim Nazarali was appointed Vice President, Electrical and Gas Standards at CSA Group on September 1, 2016. In this new role, he is responsible for developing and executing Electrical and Gas Products Standard strategies, and will coordinate standards development and Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) activity in which he will oversee the identification and fulfillment of standards and certification gaps, as well as the participation of CSA Group TIC experts in the standards development process.

Mr. Nazarali joined CSA Group in February 2013 as Director, Electro-Technical Sector, Standards Division.  He has over twenty-five years of executive experience in global business and technical management. Prior to joining CSA Group, Mr.Nazarali held senior level positions at COM DEV Ltd., a global designer and manufacturer of space hardware equipment, where most recently he was General Manager, Satellite Payloads.

Mr. Nazarali earned a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from City University of New York.

Hélène Vaillancourt
  • Vice-President, Standards Research and Planning

Hélène Vaillancourt

  • Vice-President, Standards Research and Planning

Hélène Vaillancourt was appointed Vice President, Standards Research and Planning, CSA Group in April 2016 to develop a research program within CSA Group’s Standards Organization and to position CSA Group as a thought leader in selected areas and enhance the education of stakeholders.

Hélène acted as Executive Vice President, Science and Engineering, CSA Group from April 2010 to April 2016. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing CSA laboratories worldwide to ensure they are brought to the latest technologies. She also lead the CSA core technical team that supports certification & testing capabilities, inspection services and training, and developed new capabilities in emerging areas. She championed cross functional teams that are working on improving operational efficiencies. She relocated to China in September 2014 to further support the development of CSA Asia technical capabilities and, in addition, assumed the role of interim Executive Vice-President, Asia from October 2015 to April 2016.

Hélène joined CSA in October 1999 as the Team Leader, Certification Services for the Montreal office. She has been involved in numerous internal projects that aimed at improving consistency and service offerings in certification.

Prior to joining CSA, Hélène was with CRIQ (Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec) as the Team Coordinator for the Mechanical Laboratory, where custom testing services were offered to evaluate the static and dynamic resistance of new product designs in a variety of sizes, starting from metallic storage boxes to subway truck frames.

Hélène started her career with the Industrial Material Institute of the National Research Council of Canada. As a Research Officer, she led many experimental projects in material processing, residual stresses and finite element analysis.

Hélène graduated in mechanical engineering from Laval University. She obtained her Master of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from École Polytechnique in Montreal by doing research in the field of biomechanics. She also earned her doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto. Her research in the field of dentistry had both numerical and experimental aspects.

Testing, Inspections, and Certification
Rich Weiser
  • Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Rich Weiser

  • Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Rich Weiser was appointed Executive Vice President, Global Operations on June 1st, 2016.  He will be responsible for Global Operations for CSA Group.  In this role Mr. Weiser will work to drive Operational Excellence across all regions and deliver a high level of service to our customers globally.  Mr. Weiser will work closely with our Commercial Units to make sure we are delivering the right services at a quality level and in a way that we exceed our customer’s expectations.

Previously, Rich Weiser was appointed Regional Vice President, U.S. and Mexico, on November 15, 2010. In this role, Mr. Weiser was responsible for all operational aspects the United States and Mexico. He works closely with Global Business Unit leaders with regards to strategies and implementation of those strategies.  In this role Mr. Weiser helped to grow the business in his region from $35M in Revenues to $75M in revenues and increased the net margin in his region from $13M to $26M.

Prior to serving in this position, Mr. Weiser held a variety of management positions within CSA Group, most notably in OnSpeX, the consumer products evaluation division of CSA Group. OnSpeX was developed, in large part, as the result of inquiries from major retailers and certification testing customers of CSA. As Director, Operations, OnSpeX, he managed all operational aspects throughout the North American and Shanghai offices. His responsibilities included budgeting, client interfacing, and delivery of services, contract negotiations, writing test protocols and managing sixty engineers and technicians globally.

Mr. Weiser began his career in the organization as a project engineer with the American Gas Association in 1991. When the company merged with the Canadian Gas Association and became International Approval Services, Mr. Weiser advanced as Project Manager, leading a team of engineers and technicians with the NGV1 validation test program and NGV Component Certification Program. He participated in the QCC1 subcommittee and AGA Requirements Committee, and was involved with the writing of requirements for various controls. In 2001, Mr. Weiser oversaw the Gas Appliance and Water Heater Flammable Test Facility at the Cleveland laboratory. He worked closely with the Water Heater Consortium to help water heater manufacturers test and certify the new flammable vapor resistant water heaters.

Mr. Weiser holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Technology from the University of Akron. In addition, he has completed classes at the Dale Carnegie Management Institute, as well as various management courses at Corporate College, Cleveland, Ohio and Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario.

Gianluca Arcari
  • Vice President, Home & Commercial

Gianluca Arcari

  • Vice President, Home & Commercial

Gianluca Arcari was appointed Vice President, Home & Commercial on June 1st, 2016.  In this role, Gianluca is responsible for leading and developing CSA Group’s global commercial market sector strategies, and anticipating industry and market developments and activities.  He is accountable for determining strategic business opportunities for the Home & Commercial business, and developing effective sales and marketing plans that reflect customer needs.

Over the past 15 years with CSA Group, Gianluca held positions as Vice President, Advisor to the CEO, Executive Director, Standards, Director, Learning Services, Director, Appliance & Gas Global Business Unit, and Director, Service Quality.  Prior to joining CSA Group, he worked for Bell Northern Research, Nortel and CMAC, in related Product Integrity fields.

Gianluca earned a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, and an MBA from York University (Schulich School of Business).

Rob Dieter
Rob Dieter
  • Vice President, Healthcare

Rob Dieter

  • Vice President, Healthcare

Rob Dieter joined CSA Group in July 2017 as Vice President, Healthcare. Prior to this role, Rob served as Vice President, Sales for Healthcare Solutions at Boston Scientific where he led program development and solution sales for the $2.2B corporate account group. Rob has held senior US and Global positions at Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson accountable for sales, global marketing, program development, and global pricing. Rob has a proven track record of building differentiated value propositions and leading successful launches of medical technology with physicians and global health systems in multiple product categories including: implantable devices, disposable equipment, re-usable equipment, capital equipment, energy, and digital health platforms.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development where he serves as a member of the Executive Strategies Task Force.

Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University, and completed his Master of Business Administration at Missouri State University and the University of Iowa.

Frances Hung
  • Regional Vice President, North and Southeast Asia

Frances Hung

  • Regional Vice President, North and Southeast Asia

Frances Hung joined CSA Group in April 2014 as Area Director, North and South East Asia and was appointed RVP, North and South East Asia in October 2015. In this role, Frances Hung is responsible for all operations in North and South East Asia and leads the focus on expanding our certification offerings to a broader scopes of services for CSA customers.

Prior to joining CSA, Frances spent 7+ years with Underwriters Laboratories where she had various experiences in expanding new business and implementing commercial strategy for a wide range of industries including High Tech, Appliances/HVAC, and Lighting, Energy, Building Material, Life Safety & Security, Power & Controls, Wire & Cable, and Chemicals business. She had won “Mark of Excellence” Award in both 2008 and 2012 at UL with recognition in growing new business and building great service team. Most recently before she joined CSA, Frances was responsible for strategic planning on development of new verification testing business focusing on Asia Pacific region.

Before joining UL, Frances worked for various software based companies such as Microsoft and Computer Associates in areas of partner account management as well as business development. Her solid experiences in strategic sales planning, market expansion and business process management had been the key to her business success in following years at her career.

Frances holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Ming Chuan College, and after her first two jobs as a Programmer, she has been dedicated her role in sales development for over 20 years.

Yi Jiang
  • Regional Vice President, China

Yi Jiang

  • Regional Vice President, China

Yi Jiang was appointed as the Regional Vice President, China in July 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Jiang is responsible for all operations in China, including CSA Group’s joint venture in China.

Mr. Jiang joined CSA Group in 2012 as General Manager of CSA Group China Joint Venture, and headed the operations of the Shanghai and Guangzhou offices. Prior to joining CSA, he was with Intertek Group, a global testing and certification company, as APAC Regional Vice President for South China, where he was lead the Commercial and Electrical Division with a total of 770 employees. During his tenure, he successfully developed new businesses and services. He also achieved great turnovers, with a 16% profit growth in 2009, while the world economy suffered from the financial crisis. Subsequently, he was able to set another milestone by achieving a 24% profit growth.

Yi Jiang holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Massey University, New Zealand, and a Bachelor degree in Business and Economics from Beijing University of International Business and Studies. He speaks fluent Mandarin and English.

Peter Mertel
  • Regional Vice President, Europe and India

Peter Mertel

  • Regional Vice President, Europe and India

Peter Mertel joined CSA Group on December 5, 2016 as Regional Vice President, Europe and India, where he holds responsibility for strategically growing CSA Group’s European operations through strengthening operational & technical excellence and ensuring exceptional customer service.

Mr. Mertel is an experienced, high-impact executive with more than 20 years in progressively senior roles in Europe, equipped with a deep knowledge and experience in the testing, inspection and certification (TIC) industry. He has a proven track record of strategic and long-term international business growth focusing on operational excellence and the development of high performing, multi-national teams.

Prior to joining CSA Group he has served 10 years for Bureau Veritas, most recently as Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Executive of the northeast Europe region and in addition to the role of managing director of BV Germany Holding GmbH and BV Certification Germany GmbH, amongst other roles. Before joining Bureau Veritas he was a Partner at ERM (Environmental Resources Management), a leading global Environmental, Health and Safety consultancy firm.

Mr. Mertel has a Master of Science from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, and is fluent in German and English.

Dana Parmenter
  • Vice President, Industrial

Dana Parmenter

  • Vice President, Industrial

Dana Parmenter was appointed Vice President, Industrial on June 1st, 2016.  In this role, Mr. Parmenter is responsible for leading and developing CSA Group’s global commercial market sector strategies, and anticipating industry and market developments and activities.  He is accountable for determining strategic business opportunities for the Industrial business, and developing effective sales and marketing plans that reflect customer needs.

Prior to this role, Mr. Parmenter was Global Business Unit leader for the Hazardous Locations (Hazloc) & Photovoltaics business segments at CSA Group where he was responsible for developing and implementing global strategy. Mr. Parmenter has also served as Managing Director for CSA Group in the United Kingdom, heading up the Sira group of companies, acquired by CSA in 2009.  His extensive experience includes implementing initiatives for integration, procurements, accreditation, key account management, strategy, alignment and efficiency in both sales and operational capacities.

Prior to joining CSA Group, Mr. Parmenter served in the technology and life safety sector for ten years concluding as the director of sales and marketing.  Mr. Parmenter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Management from the University of New Mexico. In addition, he has completed classes at the Dale Carnegie Management Institute, as well as graduate, executive leadership business courses at Ivey Business School.

George Tranquada
  • Vice President, Technical Integrity

George Tranquada

  • Vice President, Technical Integrity

George Tranquada was appointed Vice President, Technical Integrity on May 9, 2016.

As Vice President of Technical Integrity, Mr. Tranquada will lead a dedicated team of professionals responsible for the ongoing development and integrity of CSA Group, globally, in the areas of accreditation programs, customer product safety investigations, quality management systems, information management services and technical training, providing technical expertise within our standards development and testing and certification entities.

Mr. Tranquada brings 30 years of experience at CSA Group in the testing, inspection and certification of wiring devices, audio/video, information technology products and Service Quality. Most recently, he was promoted to Director, Service Quality (Science and Engineering) where he was responsible for rebranding the team and leading its success. He was registered as a Technical Assessor under the IECEE CB Scheme.

He has held the position of Technical Manager, Electrical Products, Service Quality and various managerial positions in the Audio/Video, Information Technology, Appliances, Telecommunications, Signal Sensing, HVAC, Laboratory Equipment and Medical teams.  Prior to his career at CSA, he was employed in the high tech manufacturing sector, supporting the testing and R&D of electronic products.

Mr. Tranquada holds a C.E.T. designation with OACETT and obtained his Leading Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC) designation in August 2015. Through the years, has taken numerous executive managerial courses with Queens Executive Education, Ivey Business School, Rotmans School of Management and McGill Executive Institute.