The International Society of Automation announced Aug. 28 that it's appointed automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey as its new executive director. Ramsey, who has been serving as ISA’s interim executive director since January, has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience.
Ramsey specializes in leadership, change management and strategy development/execution. Prior to serving as ISA’s interim executive director, she served as senior vice president of Process Automation, Americas, Schneider Electric, where she was responsible for a $550 million profit/loss statement and 1,200 employees. She has also served as senior vice president of Industry Business USA, and senior vice president of Industry Business Europe, both at Schneider Electric. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ramsey held several business development roles at Matrikon International, Instrinsyc, Intellution Inc. and GE Fanuc among others. Ramsey holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) degree from the University of Kentucky and a master of business administration (MBA) degree with a specialty in finance and strategy from Loyola University.
“The search committee dedicated significant time and effort to make this decision. We're confident that Mary’s leadership and extensive experience will serve the organization, its members and the automation community well for years to come,” said Steve Pflantz, executive search committee chair.
“It’s an honor to serve as ISA’s executive director,” said Ramsey. “I’m excited to work with staff, members and leaders to bring a fresh perspective to this important organization. ISA is truly unique in its ability to bring the automation community together to solve difficult technical problems and provide leadership on critical issues facing our industries. We have a lot of work to do, and with the help and support of individuals and companies around the world, we will advance ISA’s mission and create a successful future.”