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CARY, N.C. – Robert Rodriguez, senior director of research and development at global software firm , is the new president of the

Rodriguez was recently elected to the post and will take over as president as of Jan. 1, 2012.

A holder of master’s and doctorate degrees in statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill, Rodriguez has worked at SAS since 1983. Before joining SAS, he worked six years at General Motors Research Laboratories as a research scientist. He has been an ASA member for 35 years and in 2009 received the group’s Founders award.

“I would not be able to take on this responsibility without the support of many friends and colleagues,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “We are fortunate at SAS to have a work environment that encourages professional development and contribution to organizations like the ASA. Over the years, this investment has enabled us to keep pace with advances in statistical methodology, and it has led to countless professional interactions with researchers and customers that have greatly enhanced the caliber and reputation of our statistical software.”

SAS, which is the world’s largest privately held software company, invests heavily in R&D each year. It is a global leader in business analytics and intelligence solutions.

The ASA was founded in 1839.

Rodriguez and SAS co-founders Jim Goodnight and John Sall are all ASA fellows.

“I think Bob will do a wonderful job,” Goodnight, SAS’ CEO, said. “His election is certainly an honor for him and the company, as well.”

Other SAS executives named to ASA posts:

• Research Statistician Developer John Castelloe, elected to Council of Sections Representative in the Section on Statistical Computing.
• Director of R&D Mark Little, elected Chair-Elect of the Business and Economic Statistics Section.
• Systems Engineer Don McCormack, elected Chair-Elect of the Section on Quality and Productivity.

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