CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum Announces Intent To Not Seek Renomination; Will Continue To Lead Revitalized Agency Through End Of Her Term
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Having led the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) through one of the most significant transformations in the agency's history, Chairman Inez M. Tenenbaum announced today that she will not seek renomination when her terms expires in October 2013.
In an address at the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization annual meeting, the Chairman stated: "I plan to stay on as Chairman until my successor is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, so that I can be sure that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is in safe hands."
"So many qualified, deserving people have wanted to serve in the President administration—and he chose me. For the rest of my life, I will be grateful to President Obama for nominating me to be Chairman of the CPSC and for giving me the opportunity to serve in his administration," added the Chairman. "It has been my great privilege to serve as Chairman of the CPSC, and the best part of my experience has been working with the many talented, dedicated professionals at the agency. "Chairman Tenenbaum has transformed CPSC into one of the leading safety agencies in the world. Immediately after her July 2009 swearing in, Chairman Tenenbaum established a leadership philosophy aimed at making the agency more accessible and transparent; making education and advocacy a priority; and being firm, but fair, in enforcing safety laws and working to keep unsafe products out of the hands of consumers. In October 2010, Chairman Tenenbaum announced a new five-year Strategic Plan (2011-2016), which set forth a twenty-first century mission and vision for CPSC. The Strategic Plan has made CPSC more proactive, more focused on injury prevention, and moved the agency closer to being the recognized global leader in consumer product safety. During the Chairman's tenure to date, CPSC has restored consumer confidence and achieved its mission. Below are the agency's key accomplishments from 2009 through 2012:
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