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Andrew Johnson CSP Executive Vice President – Principal Captive Resources LLCNSC Board Chair
Mr. Johnson has been with the Captive Resources LLC since 1992. He received his bachelor degree from Northern Illinois University in 1985 and holds both CSP and ARM designations. He has also served on the Board of Education of Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, IL.
Anas Al-HamwiSenior Director of Safety and Injury ManagementWalgreens
Dr. Al‐Hamwi leads Walgreens Retail USA health and safety program and supports the global Walgreens Boots Alliance Casualty Risk Insurance group to improve health, safety and casualty insurance outcomes throughout the company. He is the founding member of the WBA Health, Safety and Environmental Governance Committee, and represents health and safety in the WBA Global Corporate Social Responsibility organization. Dr. Al-Hamwi developed an enhanced OSHA response system, and designed and implemented an Active Care model that delivers improved care post-injury while reducing cost. He has developed a culture at Walgreens that integrates safety into all company processes and procedures, resulting in three consecutive years of reduced team member injuries. Dr. Al-Hamwi earned a doctor of medicine degree from Damascus University, Syria, and is a member of the Chicago ALSAC chapter of St. Jude charities.
Patrick BassCEOthyssenkrupp North America Inc.
Mr. Bass provides strategic direction and services, and helps identify new markets and growth opportunities for all of thyssenkrupp companies in the region. He oversees the region’s 21,000 employees and about $9.9 billion in sales. Mr. Bass began his career with thyssenkrupp in 1999 as a mechanical engineer and held numerous roles of increasing responsibility within thyssenkrupp’s elevator business, including global lead for product strategy, and research and development. He served as lead engineer for industry-transforming projects such as the MULTI rope-less elevator, ACCEL moving walkways, and MAX, a predictive maintenance, cloud-based solution that forms the basis for thyssenkrupp’s ground-breaking partnership with Microsoft. Mr. Bass received his bachelor of science in engineering from Marquette University, Milwaukee, with further studies in systems engineering research at Northampton University, England.
Elaine S. BeitlerCEO and member of the Board of DirectorsBrowz LLCNSC Board Vice Chair
Ms. Beitler has been with Browz LLC, a privately held global software developer and provider, since 2010. Before joining Browz, she spent 13 years at Bowne & Co. Inc., a shareholder and marketing communication services company, where she was corporate officer, president of marketing and business communications, and chief information officer. Ms. Beitler holds a master of business administration from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Albany University. She was listed among Forbes Women Business Leaders for 2016.
Dane M. BremerDirector - Global Business Continuity & Employee Safety and Enterprise Security & Business ContinuityLiberty Mutual Insurance
In his 27 years with Liberty Mutual, Dane has also held roles in Claims, Managed Care, Information Technology, and Reinsurance. In his current role, he is responsible for implementing Liberty Mutual's Safety and Environmental Health strategy company-wide, generating significant reductions in key injury and prevention metrics in recent years.
David BurrittPresident and CEOUnited States Steel Corporation
Mr. Burritt joined U.S. Steel in September 2013 as executive vice president and chief financial officer, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s strategic and financial matters. In January 2015, he assumed management of U.S. Steel’s North American flat-rolled commercial entities and corporate support services. In May 2017, he was appointed president and chief executive officer overseeing all business operations in the U.S. and Central Europe. Mr. Burritt leads U.S. Steel through creating a “culture of caring” and strongly supports the company’s safety-first culture, one of its core values. Prior to joining U.S. Steel, Mr. Burritt served as chief financial officer at Caterpillar Inc. for 32 years, where he was a lead partner in Caterpillar’s reorganization into accountable business units, the company-wide six Sigma deployment and effectively navigating its financial crisis and subsequent recovery, among other initiatives. Mr. Burritt serves on the Lockheed Martin Board of Directors and previously on the Global Brass & Copper Board of Directors.
James Connell, Jr.Executive Vice President & Chief Customer OfficerCentuir Group, Inc.
James Connell is responsible for enterprise strategic planning, business development, corporate communications, marketing and brand management for Centuri Group, Inc., a comprehensive utility infrastructure services enterprise dedicated to meeting the growing demands of North American utility, energy and industrial markets. Mr. Connell also leads several strategic customer focused initiatives, including the development of key executive relationships, strategic alliances, contract renewals and several executive customer forums. In addition, he has led the organization in the development of diverse business enterprise relationships with suppliers across the United States.
Mr. Connell joined Centuri in 2006 as Director of Supply Chain and Asset Management for NPL Construction Co. He has led a number of initiatives across the organization in roles of increasing responsibility as Director of Risk Management and Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. He was promoted to Vice President/Business Development and Corporate Communications in 2017, and then to Executive Vice President/Chief Customer Officer in 2018. Prior to joining Centuri, Mr. Connell held various roles at Deere & Company in the Worldwide Construction and Forestry Division.
Brian J. CookExecutive Vice President and Chief Administrative OfficerUSG Corporation
Mr. Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in management and finance and an MBA with a concentration in human resources from Virginia Tech. He also earned a juris doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. He is president of USG Foundation, former board member and chairman emeritus of American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, board member and former chairman of the Department of Management Advisory Board for Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, director of the HR Policy Association Center on Executive Compensation and board member of the HR Policy Association American Health Policy Institute.
Kathleen EatonVice President – Safety, Building Services, Energy ManagementThe Home Depot
Kathleen Eaton is vice president of safety, building services and energy management for The Home Depot. She is responsible for providing a safe, efficient and functional environment across the enterprise, leading both a field and corporate staff.
Kathleen joined The Home Depot in 2005 and has held roles of increasing responsibility including senior manager of building services, director of building services and senior director of operations process and vice president of asset protection.
Prior to joining the Company, Kathleen spent several years in the third party property and energy management industry and worked for a decade in the logistics industry.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Hartford.
Ursula English Vice President of Total Quality for Defense, Space & Security (BDS)The Boeing Company
Ms. English has served in her current position at the world's largest aerospace company since April 2014 and is responsible for leading environmental sustainability efforts, including continuously reducing the environmental footprint of the company's global operations, products and services, and leading its workplace safety programs. She previously was director of supplier management for the Commercial Aviation Services business of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where she was responsible for leading a complex extended supply chain. She also was director of supplier management on the 787 Dreamliner mid-body team at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a manufacturing superintendent on the 787 Dreamliner, and she has managed teams in intellectual property management and C-17 product support. Prior to joining Boeing in 1988 as an aircraft mechanic on the MD-80 program, Ms. English served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet engine mechanic. She was executive vice president of programs for the 13,000-member Boeing Leadership Network from July 2015 through June 2017, and she serves on the Year Up Board of Directors.
Michelle Garner-Janna Executive Director, Corporate Health and SafetyCummins Engine Company
Ms. Garner-Janna has served in her current position at Cummins since 2008 and is responsible for developing long term strategies and safety initiatives in eight business units. She has over 23 years of experience leading HSE and other manufacturing functions within Cummins, a 46,000-employee global leader in over 190 countries and territories. Ms. Garner-Janna previously developed Cummins safety reporting process and safety program and strategy for 33 facilities worldwide. She served as Global Manufacturing Champion on Corporate Cummins Operating System Champions Council, developing a common framework for COS and functional excellence strategy. Her leadership purpose is protecting people from harm and illness, as well as supporting career and personal development for her team and others. She serves as chair, Campbell Institute Steering Committee (previously advisory committee chair, steering committee member and research sub-committee, Campbell Institute); member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers; member, Institute of Industrial Engineering; member, American Society of Safety Engineers, and High Alpha Board of Directors (previously a member). She also previously served as president, vice president and communications chair, American Society of Safety Engineers.
Cheryl Gomez-SmithCorporate COE Director for Personnel Safety & SecurityExxon Mobil Corporation
Cheryl has extensive operations and safety leadership experience having worked in senior operating leadership positions in both the U.S. and abroad. In her last assignment, Cheryl served as the Lead Country Manager for our Kazakhstan business. Over her career, Cheryl has been directly responsible for the safety and health of thousands of employees and contractors. In her new COE Director position one of her team’s tasks is to develop “the world’s best solutions” to our safety challenges as we move toward our objective of eliminating high consequence injuries and fatalities.”
Cheryl began her career with Exxon in 1990 as a Facilities Engineer in Texas and has held various technical and leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the USA, Qatar and Russia. She has onshore and offshore experience in Facilities engineering, Reservoir engineering, Construction & Projects development and execution, and Operations Management.
For over two years prior to this assignment Cheryl was a Producing Operations Manager in ExxonMobil Global Operations, responsible for development, execution, and sustainment of ExxonMobil Global Best Practices. In 2009-2013, Cheryl was the Operations Manager for Exxon Neftegas Ltd., operator of the Sakhalin-1 project in Russia where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production operations business and engineering in the Russian Far East.
Cheryl is an American citizen and graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Tulane University (Louisiana, USA) with an MBA.
Lorraine M. Martin President and CEO National Safety Council
Ms. Martin has more than 30 years of experience leading and developing global businesses, with a successful track record in both civic and corporate roles. Before becoming president and CEO of the National Safety Council, she previously served as executive vice president and deputy of rotary & mission systems at Lockheed Martin, where she provided vision and leadership to the $16 billion global security and aerospace division and led a team of 34,000 employees in more than 75 facilities worldwide. She is co-founder and president of the Pegasus Springs Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for educators, students and community members to collaborate on learning models. She was named among STEMConnector’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders and has worked with numerous organizations in support of this mission, including Girls Inc., Girls Who Code and Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, where she also served on the board. She has served on the boards of INROADS and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Orlando, and currently serves on the board and audit committee for Kennametal, a $2.4 billion materials science firm that serves customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation. She also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. She earned a master's degree in computer science from Boston University and a bachelor's in computational mathematics from DePauw University.
Anne Taylor McCarttSenior Vice President of Research (Retired)Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Jan 2007 - April 2016)
During her 14 years at IIHS, Ms. McCartt developed and directed the research program in driver, vehicle and roadway safety. She managed research staff and publication of research papers, and represented IIHS at scientific and professional meetings. She also served on expert and professional committees. She previously was a senior associate with Preusser Research Group Inc., where she developed and directed research projects in highway safety for IIHS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, National Safety Council and others. She earned a doctorate in public administration and policy and a master’s in library science from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Brad ThomasPresidentFirst Transit and First Vehicle Services
As President of First Transit and First Vehicle Services, Brad Thomas is responsible for more than 19,000 employees across North America. Brad joined First Transit as Senior Vice President of the East Region in 2003, and named President in 2009. With nearly 20 years of experience in the transit industry, Brad is well versed in fixed-route, paratransit, university transportation systems and fleet maintenance solutions.
Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the State University of New York College at Cortland and holds a master's degree in political science - public policy analysis and administration - from Binghamton University (NY). Committed to service, Brad encourages his teammates to actively support their communities and professional associations. His engaging and respected approach has helped transform the business and its relationship with customers across the continent.
Tim O'TooleFormer Chief ExecutiveFirstGroup plc
Mr. O’Toole joined the board of FirstGroup as a non-executive director in May 2009, was appointed chief operating officer and deputy chief executive in June 2010, and chief executive in November 2010. Mr. O’Toole previously was managing director for London Underground, where his leadership in response to the terrorist attacks of July 7, 2005, earned him an Honorary CBE from the Queen. Prior to joining Transport for London in 2003, he was president and chief executive of Consolidated Rail Corporation. He was a board member of CSX Corporation between 2007 and 2017, and was appointed to the board of Edison International and Southern California Edison in July 2017. Mr. O’Toole earned a juris doctorate from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a bachelor of arts from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate of letters.
Jane SinclairGeneral Counsel & Company Secretary Firmenich International SA
Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Jane Sinclair leads the legal and compliance functions across Firmenich’s worldwide operations with direct oversight for Commercial Legal and Intellectual Property; Quality, Health, Safety, Security and Environment; Global Regulatory Services; and Business Ethics and Trade Compliance. Prior to joining Firmenich, Ms. Sinclair held the role of Head of International Legal and Global Privacy at AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals. She also served as Senior Legal Counsel, Pacific, Asia & Africa (Australia) and then Regional Legal Counsel, Europe (France) for Abbott Laboratories. She spent the first 17 years of her career at The Coca-Cola Company across multiple Asia Pacific, U.S. and Australian locations.
Chantal TrèpanierCEO, SIMCognibox, Inc.
Chantal Trépanier has been CEO of SIM - Cognibox since 1999. At the head of the organization for nearly 20 years, she orchestrated the transition from a consulting and training firm to a software company with a recurring revenue model. Ms. Trépanier stands out for her leadership and creativity, and considers innovation and development top priorities. She initiated and carried out the standardization and recognition project for Occupational Health and Safety training with approximately 100 client corporations. Her forward-thinking ideas led her to propel SIM Inc. internationally by imagining Cognibox, a contractor compliance management SAAS used by leading corporations across 30 countries. In 2015, she won the prestigious Investissement Québec CEO of the Year Award given by company executive leaders in the technology field.
Since 2000, Glenn Trout has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at VelocityEHS, a cloud-based environmental, health, safety and sustainability software platform. VelocityEHS was created when MSDSonline, providing online material safety data sheet management tools, joined forces with KMI, a Canada-based software provider. Previously, Mr. Trout worked at Ernst & Young LLP in their mergers and acquisitions Advisory Group and at Mead Publishing Paper, where he led sales, marketing and strategic planning efforts. Prior to joining Mead, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Weapons Controller.
Mark P. VergnanoPresident and CEOThe Chemours CompanyNSC Immediate Past Chair
Mr. Vergnano was named the first CEO of The Chemours Company prior to its spinoff from DuPont in July 2015. Under his leadership and with an ambitious five-point transformation plan, the company addressed the challenges associated with building a new company. This transformation complete, he is now leading a company poised for growth. Born in Hartford, CT, Mr. Vergnano received his BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame. He is vice chairman of the American Chemistry Council and a member of the board of directors of Johnson Controls International PLC.
Rose A. McMurray Chief Transportation Safety Advisor FDRsafety, LLC
Rose McMurray provides transportation safety advisory services to a variety of clients with a specialty in offering federal regulatory compliance strategies. She brings a diverse transportation background, including enforcement policies and practices of compliance oversight bodies. In her prior public-sector role, Ms. McMurray oversaw the development, test and execution of the Department of Transportation’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement program. She is able to provide advice and assistance in helping clients advocate for their positions with government entities, including preparing companies for upcoming changes to regulatory requirements. She provides assistance on legal cases involving both plaintiff and defendants involved in commercial vehicle litigation serving as expert witness and case advisor. She also provides expert witness services on a variety of road safety issues. On a part-time basis, she teaches motor fleet safety and safety legislation and compliance to graduate students enrolled in the West Virginia University Safety Management Program and has served as technical advisor to the Morgantown, WV, and WVU Safe Communities Initiative.
Travis McNeil ParsonsAssociate Director, Occupational Safety & HealthLaborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America
Travis Parsons is the current Associate Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, Washington, DC. In that role, Mr. Parsons performs safety and health services to LiUNA representatives, employers and affiliates to improve workplace health and safety conditions. He supervises staff within the Occupational Safety and Health Division and chairs safety and health-related subgroups including the ANSI A10 Committee and the NABTU Safety and Health Committee. Mr. Parsons also serves as a subject matter expert in occupational safety and health helping develop and review standards from various government organizations. He has extensive experience developing and analyzing the full life-cycle of safety and health programs and plans, from development to compliance validation.
Paul AasenPresident and CEO Minnesota Safety Council
Since 2014, Mr. Aasen has been the president and CEO of the Minnesota Safety Council. Mr. Aasen’s work with the Farm Safety Working Group resulted in legislative implementation of the tractor rollover protection program. He also led the development of the workplace safety dashboard in partnership with the Minnesota departments of Health and Labor & Industry. He serves as chairman of the OSHA Advisory Council and is a member of the Injury and Violence Prevention Coalition Steering Committee. He previously served in management roles with the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, Global Volunteers, Office of the Governor of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Minnesota Division of Emergency Management, the Minnesota Emergency Response Commission and the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission. Mr. Aasen holds a master of science degree in environmental health/toxicology and a bachelor of science degree in biology/social psychology, both from the University of Minnesota.
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