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Patrick Morris Takes On Leadership of INCITS

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Patrick Morris Takes On Leadership of INCITS

Washington, DC – August 6, 2003 – The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced today that Patrick Morris has been named Executive Director.  Morris joins INCITS from the Produce Marketing Association, where he directed standards and technology issues.

Morris also served as the Secretary-General of the International Federation for Produce Coding (IFPC) and was the association’s Director of Industry Technology. He helped build the IFPC while managing the association’s Technology Advisory Council and task forces related to e-commerce, EDI, XML, and bar code technologies. He has also served as an industry advisor to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) in Geneva, Switzerland, was the CEO of a state trade association and has held management positions with Norwest Corporation and the federal government. Earlier in his career, Morris worked in the U.S. Senate and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was selected for the prestigious Presidential Management Internship Program, and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“INCITS’ role in the international standards community has grown and needs an executive director who is an experienced leader, noted Rhett Dawson, president of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), which hosts the INCITS Secretariat. “We have that in Pat Morris, who  brings to INCITS a track record in forging productive relationships with global as well as US organizations.”

“We are confident that Pat will help INCITS achieve its dual mission of developing market-driven standards and serving as the forum for IT Standards Development Organizations to formulate standards policy together,” said Karen Higginbottom, INCITS Executive Board Chair.  Higginbottom is Director of Standards Initiatives in Hewlett-Packard’s Office of Strategy and Technology.

INCITS ( is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. As such, INCITS also serves as the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for International standardization in the field of information technology. INCITS is accredited by ANSI and operates under its rules, designed to ensure that voluntary standards are developed by the consensus of directly and materially affected interests.

INCITS Executive Board of supplier and customer members includes Apple Computer, EIA, Farance Inc., Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Hewlett-Packard, IBM, ICCP, IEEE, Intel, Microsoft, Network Appliance, NIST, Office of the Secretary Defense /Science & Technology, Oracle, Panasonic Technologies, Purdue University, Sony Electronics, Sun Microsystems, the Uniform Code Council, and Unisys.

About ITI
ITI ( represents the leading U.S. providers of information technology products and services. ITI is the voice of the high tech community, advocating policies that advance U.S. leadership in technology and innovation; open access to new and emerging markets; support e-commerce expansion; protect consumer choice; and enhance the global competitiveness of its member companies. 

ITI member companies include Accenture, Agilent Technologies, AOL Time Warner, Apple, Canon U.S.A., Cisco, Corning, Dell, Eastman Kodak, eBay, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lexmark, Microsoft, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NCR, Oracle, Panasonic, SGI, Sony Electronics, Sun Microsystems, Symbol Technologies, Tektronix and Unisys.