NFPA announces the appointment of Rafa Yanez as new business development leader in Latin America

February 22, 2016 – In an effort to better meet the needs of Latin America and Spain, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has hired Rafa Yañez, an experienced business development and electrical safety executive, to work to train customers, providers, instructors and new educational partners in the region. Yañez will report to NFPA’s business operations team and work closely with the organization’s international operations team to share NFPA’s information and knowledge throughout the region.   

Yañez, of Mexico, brings local perspective and strategic, operational and technical insight to NFPA’s Latin American training program. He worked for 20 years at Schneider Electric before becoming director/owner of CBC-Electrotechnology, a global business consulting firm. During his career, Yañez has collaborated with regional and international industry sectors, customers, key distributors, associations, professional colleges, and public and private entities – experience that will serve him well in this new NFPA training intermediary role.

“NFPA is a key resource for codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy. We are always striving to better understand our stakeholders’ needs in order to share information and knowledge that reflects cultural considerations, performance-based design, emerging topics, and other market indicators,” Olga Caledonia, NFPA international operations division manager said. “With Rafa on our team, and more importantly integrated into the marketplace, NFPA can deliver relevant, well-organized and professionally-executed fire safety and electrical training programs to our Spanish-speaking customers.”

Working with independent resources in Latin America and Spain, NFPA has connected with industry influencers and built a strong training foundation in Latin America in the past 14 years. In the coming months, Yañez will assess educational trends, local training needs, course requirements, market territories and operational structure, and simultaneously strengthen NFPA’s relationship with providers, instructors and customers. For more information on current training courses, visit NFPA’s Spanish-language training website.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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