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Jeanette Preston Promoted to President at Smithers Quality Assessments

AKRON, Ohio, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA) an industry leader in ISO certification services and a Smithers Group company, announces Jeanette Preston has been promoted to President.

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In her role as president, Mrs. Preston will oversee the global SQA business including the operations based in Akron, Ohio and Suzhou, China. Further, Jeanette will focus on identifying additional regions and new industry segments that can benefit from SQA's services.

"Since joining SQA as Director of Operations in 2007, Jeanette has contributed to the growth and success of SQA," said Michael Hochschwender, President and CEO of the Smithers Group. He added, "Jeanette's leadership was instrumental to SQA's expansion into China."

In addition to her duties with SQA, Jeanette is also the Chair of IACBA (International Automotive Certification Bodies Association) and a board member of the IAAR (Independent Association of Accredited Registrars). In 2012, Jeanette assisted Kevin Gilbride, executive director of ASCA (Accredited Snow Contractors Associations) with the development of SN 9001.  "Jeanette was instrumental in the process" and "her knowledge of the International Organization for Standardization was essential to SN 9001's success," said Kevin.

Jeanette is also a qualified lead auditor for ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, and an aerospace auditor for AS 9100.  She can also conduct integrated audits for the requirements for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.

You can reach our SQA World Headquarters office as below:
Address: 425 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44303
Contact: Drew Markley
Telephone: 330-762-4231 ext. 1440
Mobile: 330-606-5714

You can reach our SQA Suzhou, China office as below:
Address: Room 504A, Technology Venture Building, No. 8, Wizheng Road, Suzhou Industry Park, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, P.R.China, Zip Code: 215122
Contact Person: Webster Zhang
Telephone: +86 512 6286 9519
Mobile Phone: +86 180 2028 9611

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About Smithers Quality Assessments

Smithers Quality Assessments is an Akron, OH-based accredited quality and environmental management systems certification body founded in 1993 and serves small and large industrial, commercial, government and services businesses in North America and Europe.

Companies work with Smithers Quality Assessments when seeking certification to the following ISO standards:
ISO 9001:2008 for quality management
ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management
OHSAS 18001:2007 for health and safety management
ISO/TS 16949:2009 for automotive quality management
AS 9100C for aerospace quality management systems
ISO 13485:2003 for medical device quality management
SN 9001 for snow and ice quality management

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About The Smithers Group:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pira, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Apex, Smithers Pharma Services, and Smithers Quality Assessments. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients' products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit

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