SIA names a new CEO

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Security Industry Association today announced Don Erickson, the organization's director of government regulations, has been chosen as its new CEO.

The organization's board of directors made the unanimous decision yesterday at its annual meeting. "[Erickson's] dedication, impeccable reputation and track record of success at SIA played a large role in our ultimate decision," Gordon Hope, chairman of SIA's board, said in a statement.

In Erickson's role as director of government relations, a post he's held since February 2006, he has served as SIA's chief advocate before Congress and other government agencies. In the past five and half years, he has successfully implemented key SIA public policy initiatives, such as the enactment of legislation creating the GSA Schedule 84 Cooperative Purchasing Program, as well as legislation signed by President Obama in January that provides SIA member manufacturers with an exemption from certain onerous Department of Energy efficiency requirements, according to a SIA press release.

“I am honored to have been selected by the SIA Board of Directors to serve as our association's CEO,” Erickson said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with the board and SIA staff to strengthen SIA's value to our membership. I share the board's commitment to working together to help SIA become a greater resource for our members.”

Erickson serves as SIA’s representative to the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Services Sector Advisory Committee and the TWIC Stakeholder Communications Committee.

Prior to joining SIA, Erickson served as manager of legislative affairs for Alcatel and legislative director for the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies. He spent six years on the senior legislative staff of U.S. Sen. Rod Grams (R-Minn.), where he facilitated the enactment of legislation pertaining to telecommunications and technology policy.