Automation group names president for 2016

The International Society of Automation (ISA) named James Keaveney, a longtime veteran of the organization and a manager and director at Emerson Process Management, as its 2016 President.


The International Society of Automation (ISA) named James Keaveney, a longtime veteran of the organization and a manager and director at Emerson Process Management, as its 2016 President. Courtesy: ISAThe International Society of Automation (ISA) named James Keaveney as its 2016 President. As President, Keaveney will work with society leaders and staff to increase the ISA's range of capabilities and resources for automation professionals, which includes standards development, education, training, certification, certificate programs, publications, and technical symposia and conferences.

Keaveney, who serves as the Northeast regional manager and key account director at Emerson Process Management, has been an active ISA member for than 30 years and has served in numerous leadership positions, including society treasurer, finance committee chair and district 2 vice president.

Keaveney said ISA would remain focused on achieving its strategic goals such as cyber security and advocacy in 2016 while placing additional emphasis on:

  • Helping industry leaders as well as the public better recognize the value and benefits of automation.
  • Accelerating ISA's presence and successes internationally by addressing the unique needs and challenges within different parts of the world.
  • Gaining continual feedback from its stakeholders to gauge progress and improve processes and solutions.
  • Encouraging more members to seek leadership positions within the society.

Keaveney received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Temple University and a master's degree in business administration from Penn State University.

International Society of Automation (ISA) 

- Edited from an ISA press release by Chris Vavra, production editor, Control Engineering, CFE Media,

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