The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute announced AHRI CEO Jack Klimp will retire June 1, 2009.

TheAir-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Instituteannounced AHRI CEO Jack Klimp will retire June 1, 2009. The group is also restructuring its staff responsibilities to better position the year-old association to accomplish its core missions of excellence in standards, certification and advocacy.

Stephen R. Yurekwill continue to serve as the association's president, with the support of the following direct reports:  Joe Mattinglycontinues as general counsel and corporate secretary;Stephanie Murphywill have responsibility for finance, membership and office operations;Bill Tritsiswill have direct responsibility for certification programs; andHenry Hwongwill have direct responsibility for standards, product section services and statistical programs. 

Francis Dietzwill have direct responsibility for public affairs, meetings and education. David Calabresewill continue to have overall responsibility for government, regulatory and international affairs, assisted byKarim Amranewith regard to regulatory activities,Don Daviswith regard to government affairs, andJim Walterswith regard to international affairs.  

The following senior staff positions in the association were eliminated in the restructuring: Executive Vice President and Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs. Five additional positions also were eliminated. 

"We have taken these steps to strengthen the ability of our staff to provide quality member services while preparing for the real possibility that we will need to expand our advocacy efforts both at home and abroad in the near future," said AHRI ChairmanKeith Coursin. "Our industry is absolutely vital to the health, comfort,and safety of people all over the world, and I am confident in the ability of our staff to represent us in a proactive, professional manner."