Joel Butler elected next CMS spokesperson

Joel Butler

Joel Butler

On Wednesday Fermilab’s Joel Butler was elected the next spokesperson of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

As spokesperson he will lead the 3,000-member CMS collaboration, chairing the Management Board and the Executive Board. He will be responsible for the scientific and technical direction of the experiment, following the policies agreed to by the Collaboration Board, and will represent the CMS collaboration in its interactions with other organizations.

“I look forward to engaging and including all our collaborators around the world as we continue this very exciting period of data-taking, analysis and detector upgrade construction,” Butler said.

Butler has been a member of CMS since 2005. From 2007 to 2013 he served as the U.S. CMS operations program manager, also acting as the deputy upgrade coordinator from 2008 to 2011.

A Fermilab scientist for more than 30 years, Butler held many senior leadership positions at the laboratory before joining CMS, including serving as head of the Computing Division, associate head of the Particle Physics Division and co-spokesperson of the E687 and BTeV experiments.

Between now and the start of his two-year term in September, Butler will build a new management team for CMS and work with current spokesperson Tiziano Camporesi to ensure a smooth transition.