The NACE International Institute has appointed Helena M. Seelinger as its new executive director, according to an announcement Feb. 15. The institute is an affiliate of NACE International and was formed in 2012.
Seelinger has been a staff member of NACE International since 1986 and has served in multiple leadership roles within the organization, including service as interim executive director of NACE in 2005, director of education during the organization’s initial international expansion and global training partnerships and most recently as senior director of membership and government relations.
The NACE International Institute was established as an organization to focus on certification activities and further advancing the corrosion profession. The institute will support growth and quality of certification for the corrosion control field, improve the business conditions of the industry and advance knowledge through certification programs that promote public safety, protect the environment and reduce the economic impact of corrosion. The institute will also lead NACE’s certification programs toward compliance with the ISO standard for certification bodies (ISO17204).
“Helena has provided outstanding leadership and demonstrated a real passion for the successful launch of the Institute,” said Bob Chalker, executive director of NACE International. “I could not be happier with the work she has done to this point and I am confident she will provide the leadership needed to make the Institute a success.”
The NACE International Institute will initially focus on meeting industry needs for workforce certification programs, pursuing global consistency of certification requirements, raising industry and public awareness of the purpose and benefits of certification programs, and supporting employment of certified corrosion control professionals. Over time, the Institute will continue to draw more activities into its operations to serve stakeholders based on changing industry needs.
Seelinger will be a non-voting, ex-officio member of the institute’s board of directors, responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the Institute’s day-to-day operations, and will maintain oversight of NACE International’s technical activities, membership, public relations and public affairs activities.
“I am grateful to be given an opportunity to support the new Institute and its future activities, in particular directly connecting personnel certification programs to industry needs,” said Seelinger.