Changes to the IMI Board and Independent Standards Commission

In line with IMI practice to rotate the Board Chair each year, Wolf von Kumberg of Northrop Grumman Corporation, who has served as the IMI Board Chair throughout 2008, will step down as Chair but remain a member of the IMI Board.  Michael McIlwrath, Senior Counsel – Litigation, GE Oil & Gas, who currently serves as a Vice-Chair of the IMI Independent Standards Commission, will take over as Chair of the IMI Board of Directors on 1 January 2009.

Mike will therefore withdraw from his role as a Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission while Judith Meyer will continue as a Commission Vice-Chair. To emphasize the diversity and geographic spread of the Commission’s leadership three well-known mediation professionals – Eileen Carroll, Geoff Sharp and Bruce Whitney, have agreed to serve with Judy as Joint Vice-Chairs of the Commission, and Prof. Tommy Kohwill continue as the Commission’s Chair.

IMI Independent Standards Commission Joint Vice-Chairs – 2009:

Eileen Carroll is Deputy Chief Executive of CEDR in London and is responsible for CEDR Solve’s dispute resolution services. Eileen has been mediating since 1988 and has written and lectured extensively on mediation around the world. She has a great deal of mediation experience, including on very high profile disputes, and is co-author of the book International Mediation – The Art of Business Diplomacy.

Judith P. Meyer has served as a Vice-Chair of the Independent Standards Commission since its inception. Judy is the principal in JPMeyer Associates in Haverford PA and is a full time commercial mediator. In addition to being a hugely experienced and accomplished mediator, Judy has taught mediation at Cornell Law School for the past 10 years. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of both the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the American College of Arbitrators and a member of many mediation and arbitration panels, including those of AAA Mediation, Construction Dispute Resolution Systems, the US-China Business Mediation Center and the CPR Distinguished Panel of Neutrals. Judy sits as a Settlement Judge Pro Tem for the Commerce Court of Philadelphia. She has been voted a SuperLawyer in each of the past 4 years and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in ADR.

Geoff Sharp is a full time practicing mediator based in Wellington, New Zealand. A Barrister and former Chair of the NZ Law Society ADR Committee, Geoff is a member of the LEADR Advanced Panel, the Specialist Panel of Mediators of AMINZ and the HKIAC Panel of Mediators. Geoff is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators and was recently made LEADR Australasia Fellow, only the third mediator to hold that key leadership privilege. Geoff finds time to host one of the best and most visited blogs in the field:

R. Bruce Whitney was until retirement recently the Chief Litigation Counsel of Air Products & Chemicals Inc, a world leader in the supply of industrial gases and equipment, speciality and intermediate chemicals and environmental and energy systems. Bruce personifies the modern in-house counsel approach to dispute management, has been an extensive user of ADR services internationally, and was one of CPR Institute’s earliest supporters and champions. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel International Arbitration Group, of the Chief Litigation Counsel Association and the International Association of Defence Counsel.

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