The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors has elected Illinois Superintendent David Douin as its new executive director. He succeeds Donald Tanner, who passed away October 25. The announcement was made by Robert Aben, chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Douin was elected at a meeting of the membership on November 19 at National Board headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. He will assume his new duties in Columbus effective Monday, January 5, 2009.
The Illinois state official is the eighth executive director to head the internationally recognized safety organization since its formation in 1919.
"Mr. Douin has served more than 10 years on the Board of Trustees, seven of which as National Board chairman," explained Mr. Aben. "He comes to the National Board with outstanding leadership credentials reflecting 35 years’ experience in the pressure equipment industry."
A native of Decatur, Illinois, Mr. Douin began his career as a boilermaker apprentice in 1974. Following completion of the apprentice program, he became boilermaker foreman in 1979. The Illinois official passed the National Board Commission examination and joined the state in 1982. In 1990 he became both director of the Illinois boiler inspection department and a National Board member.
In addition to his ASME committee work, Mr. Douin was an active member of the National Board Board of Trustees. Elected second vice chair in 1997, he was elected by the membership to fulfill the unexpired term of then chairman Donald Tanner in February of 2001. He was reelected chairman twice before resigning the position in September of this year.
Mr. Douin holds National Board Commission No. 9943 with "A" and "B" endorsements.