SFPE names new President

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The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has named Jimmy Jönsson, FSFPE, its 2023 President, and Bob Libby, PE, FSFPE, its President-Elect.   

Jimmy Jönsson, FSFPE, is Director of JVVA Fire & Risk in Madrid, Spain. Jönsson has been an SFPE member for 20 years, has served as the first president of the SFPE Spain Chapter, was the first elected president of the group that became SFPE Europe, and currently serves as editor of the SFPE EUROPE magazine and as an officer on the SFPE Board of Directors. 

He holds a BSc in Fire Protection Engineering and an MSc in Risk Management & Safety Engineering – both from Lund University in Sweden. Jönsson is currently serving as the Program Committee Chair of both the SFPE European Conference & Expo on Fire Safety Engineering scheduled for March 2023 in Berlin, Germany, and the SFPE Annual Conference & Expo scheduled for October 2023 in Washington D.C./Bethesda, MD, USA.   

Bob Libby, PE, FSFPE, was elected President-Elect. Libby is Senior Vice President and Principal of Fire Protection Engineering at Coffman Engineers, where he has extensive experience in the specification, bid, award, installation, management, testing, and acceptance of fire protection systems in commercial buildings. He has been an SFPE member for 40 years and active in several SFPE chapters over those years.

Amanda Kimball, PE, FSFPE, has been re-elected to another year as Secretary-Treasurer, and Shaun Kelly, PEng, CEng, MIEI, PMSFPE, has been re-elected to another term on the SFPE Board of Directors. John Frank, PE, FSFPE, and Fang Li, PE, FSFPE, have been elected to join the SFPE Board of Directors. Each will begin their term on January 1, 2023. 

Nicole Boston, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Society of Fire Protection Engineers commented: “As SFPE continues to expand efforts to reach engineers across the globe, our membership has elected exceptional leaders to build off our strong programs and best position the Society for continued growth and impact. 

“SFPE’s 2023 elected leaders have the depth, diverse experience, and dedication needed to advance the Society, our strategic direction, and the profession of fire protection and fire safety engineering.” 

Nicole Boston, CAE, Christopher Butts, PE, AET, SET, CFPS, ARM, PMSFPE, Elizabeth Pennacchio, PE, PMSFPE, Shamim Rashid-Sumar, PE, FSFPE, Albert Simeoni, PhD, PMSFPE, Beth Tubbs, PE, FSFPE, and Michael Wojcik, PE, PMSFPE, continue their service on the Society’s Board of Directors. SFPE will be soliciting nominations for the 2024 leadership roles in the coming months.   

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