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Jim Pauley to Succeed James Shannon as NFPA President

Jim Pauley (top) will succeed James Shannon (bottom) as president of NFPA.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky, as the next president of NFPA. Pauley is currently senior vice president of External Affairs and Government Relations for Schneider Electric and will assume his new role in July.

“For more than 115 years, NFPA has been a leader in fire, life and electrical safety through codes and standards development, research, training and education. This appointment ensures the continued pursuit of the critical mission of NFPA and positions the association to address the challenges of our times,” said Philip C. Stittleburg, chairman of the board. “Jim is an experienced leader and very knowledgeable on many of the issues important to NFPA.”

Pauley has been with Schneider Electric since 1985 when he began as an application engineer. He has held a number of positions through the years and was appointed to his present position in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Pauley has served in a number of codes and standards-related activities including chairman of the board for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), chairman of NFPA’s Standards Council and chair of the High Performance Building Council for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead such a terrific organization in a time when there is tremendous opportunity to have even greater impact on fire and other hazards facing all of us,” said Pauley.

Pauley will succeed James M. Shannon who has served as NFPA president since 2002. Shannon has been at NFPA for 23 years, having joined the organization as vice president and general counsel in 1991. He had previously served as a Member of Congress representing Massachusetts and as Massachusetts Attorney General.

“Jim Pauley is a great choice to be the president of NFPA. I have worked closely with him over the years and especially during his time as chair of the Standards Council. He knows the organization and is committed to our safety mission.”

Dan Gengler, regional manager of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association, congratulates Shannon on his many years of service and dedication to the advancement of fire safety.

“Jim Shannon has been a tremendous advocate for the home fire sprinkler movement. In Jim’s last few years as president, NFPA stepped up its home fire sprinkler advocacy efforts with the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, which has provided additional resources for fire advocates across the nation,” says Gengler. “We wish Jim Shannon well in his retirement and also look forward to continued success with new NFPA president Jim Pauley.”

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