NFPA Names New President
January 30, 2014 – 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
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.”