Adm. Thad W. Allen, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, announced the appointment of Jeffrey G. Lantz as the Coast Guard's director of national and international standards. Lantz will begin his senior executive service position at the Coast Guard's Washington headquarters on June 25. "The Coast Guard's role within the International Maritime Organization is vital to the safety and security of America as well as ships and professional mariners around the globe," Allen said. "We are fortunate to have a person with the qualifications and experience Jeffrey Lantz possesses to represent the Coast Guard within the organization as we work with our international partners to seek solutions to the safety, security and stewardship challenges we face in our last global commons." Lantz, a native of Montana, currently serves as chief of the Coast Guard's lifesaving and fire safety standards division, where his responsibilities have included the safety standards for vessel designs in the areas of structure, stability, electrical, mechanical, control, firefighting and lifesaving as well as the prevention-through-people and risk based decision-making programs for the Coast Guard's prevention directorate. Lantz has represented the United States at International Maritime Organization on issues including maritime security and passenger vessel safety and currently is chairman of the goal based standards working group. He also served as head of delegation for subcommittees on design and equipment as well as fire protection.