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Mr Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (ITU-T)

Mr Malcolm Johnson, Director ITU-TMr Malcolm Johnson was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau by the Plenipotentiary Conference, 2006 in Antalya, Turkey. He took office on 1 January 2007.

Mr Johnson has extensive knowledge of ITU gained over 20 years. As Head or Deputy Head of UK Delegations to all ITU conferences, assemblies and advisory groups since 1991, he became well known to many of the key players in ITU with a reputation for conciliation, cooperation and innovation.

Mr Johnson was responsible for many initiatives in the management, structure and functioning of ITU. Among these achievements are his proposal for the new Global Standards Collaboration (Sydney, 2001), chairing the Reform Group on standardization prior to PP-02 and initiation of many reforms in ITU-T to speed up the work and increase the role of the private sector. Mr Johnson also initiated the process for regional preparations for ITU conferences, established and chaired the first interregional group to prepare for an ITU conference (1995) and established the CEPT preparatory process for ITU conferences with European Common Proposals and coordination procedures which he promoted in other regions. He also established the Commonwealth ITU group.

In addition to his ITU experience, Mr Johnson has four years’ experience working in an international organization — the European Commission — where he was responsible for the projects and legislation supporting the development of the GSM and DECT technical standards. He also represented the European Commission in CEPT and the European Telecommunications Standardization Institute (ETSI).

Prior to his election as Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, he was International Coordinator with lead responsibility for UK in ITU and CEPT at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom). Between 1992 and 2003, Mr Johnson was Director of the UK’s Radiocommunications Agency with responsibility for a large number of engineering and administrative staff and a significant financial budget, while continuing lead responsibility for UK in ITU and CEPT. Between 1987 and 1992, he was employed at the Telecommunication Regulations Division of the European Commission. Before this he represented UK in many other international organizations, including the International Maritime Organization, Inmarsat, and the European Space Agency.   
 

 

 

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