CCIF - International Telephone Consultative Committee (1924 - 1956)
When the International Consultative Committee on Long-distance Telephone Communications (CCIF) was founded in 1924, a Permanent Secretary was appointed to prepare studies and organize the annual meetings of the Committee. At the third meeting of the CCIF in 1926, the post of Permanent Secretary was renamed “General Secretary” or “Secretary General.” The post was renamed again in 1947 when the International Telecommunications Conference (Atlantic City) decided that each of the International Consultative Committees for telephone, telegraph and radio (CCIF, CCIT, and CCIR) would be headed by a Director appointed by the Committee’s Plenary Assembly.
|Georges VALENSI (France)|
Secretary-General, CCIF from 1923 to 1948 Director, CCIF from 1 January 1949 - 31 December 1956
CCIT – International Telegraph Consultative Committee (1924 - 1956)
Unlike the CCIF, the International Telegraph Consultative Committee (CCIT) did not establish its own secretariat when it was created in 1925. Administrative tasks were entrusted to the ITU Bureau, and organization of meetings was handled by the Administration hosting the meeting. In 1947, the International Telecommunications Conference (Atlantic City) decided that each of the International Consultative Committees for telephone, telegraph and radio (CCIF, CCIT, and CCIR) would have a specialized Secretariat and be headed by a Director appointed by the Committee’s Plenary Assembly. However, the 1949 CCIT Plenary Assembly had difficulties selecting a director, so it was decided that the ITU Assistant Secretary-General in charge of the Telegraph and Telephone Division would assume this responsibility in addition to his regular duties. This arrangement remained in place until 1956.
|Leon MULATIER (France)|
Director, CCIT from 1 January 1949 - 31 December 1949
|Hugh TOWNSHEND (United Kingdom)|
Director, CCIT from 1 January 1950 - 31 December 1956
CCITT – International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (1956 - 1993)
Following the merger of the CCIF and CCIT in 1956, the Director of the new CCITT was elected by the CCITT Plenary Assembly initially for a six-year term and thereafter for three-year terms. From 1989, the Director was elected by the ITU plenipotentiary conference.
TSB – Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (1993 - )
Since 1994, the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) is elected by the ITU plenipotentiary conference for a four-year term and may be re-elected for one further term.