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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

National Safety Council Elects New Members to Board of Directors 

Philadelphia – The National Safety Council announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors at the group’s annual meeting, held today in Philadelphia. The four individuals accepting two-year terms are: 

·         Daniel Frank, President, Wheels Services, Wheels Inc.

·         Michael R. Gambrell, Executive Vice President, The Dow Chemical Company

·         John P. Surma, Chairman and CEO, United States Steel Corporation

·         Jeffrey J. Woodbury, Vice President, Safety, Security, Health and Environment, Exxon Mobil Corp. 

“The NSC Board is pleased to welcome these gentlemen to our team,” said Kent McElhattan, chairman of the NSC Board of Directors and chairman of Industrial Scientific Corporation. “The diverse experience and expertise they bring will surely be an asset to furthering the Council’s mission of saving lives and preventing injuries.” 

Daniel Frank has filled numerous roles at Wheels Inc. since first joining in 1986. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. Frank also is on the Board of Directors of the American Automobile Leasing Association, currently serving as the vice president of Federal Affairs.

Michael Gambrell joined Dow in 1976 and has held leadership and executive leadership roles in both business portfolios and corporate functions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Gambrell serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of TRW Automotive Holding Corp., and is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers. He also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, is a member of the University of Michigan Engineering Advisory Council and is a distinguished Director Emeritus of the U.S.-India Business Council.

John Surma joined the United States Steel Corporation in 2002 and was elected chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO in 2006. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 1976. Surma was appointed by President Barack Obama to the president’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation and currently serves as vice chairman. He also sits on the Board of Directors for The Bank of New York Mellon Corp., the worldsteel Association, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Allegheny County (Pa.) Parks Foundation. Surma is a current member of the National Petroleum Council and The Business Council. 

Jeffrey Woodbury was named Vice President for Safety, Security, Health and Environment for Exxon Mobil Corporation in July 2011. He began his career with ExxonMobil in 1983 and has held various technical, planning, operations and management positions in the United States and internationally. Woodbury graduated from the University of Southern California with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in petroleum engineering. He sits on the Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. 

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to make an impact where the most preventable injuries and deaths occur, in areas such as distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and beyond the workplace, particularly in and near our homes.

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