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