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Mark P. VergnanoPresident and CEO The Chemours CompanyNSC Board 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.
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 LLC
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.
Raymond T. Betler President and CEOWabtec Corporation
Mr. Betler joined Wabtec in 2013 and serves on the company’s board of directors. He began his career as a design engineer for Westinghouse and became the youngest president and CEO in the company’s 120-year history. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and economics and a degree in administration/management science from Carnegie Mellon University. He has certificates from the Executive Development Program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Finance for Executives Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
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.
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.
David DicksonPresident and CEOMcDermott International Inc.
Mr. Dickson oversees the strategic direction of the Houston-based, $3 billion McDermott International. With more than 12,000 employees operating in about 20 countries and a diversified global fleet of specialty marine construction vessels, McDermott is a leading provider of complex, integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (“EPCI”) solutions from concept through decommissioning for upstream field developments worldwide. Mr. Dickson previously spent 11 years with Technip S.A. and its subsidiaries, including as president of Technip U.S.A., Inc. Technip is an international company carrying out project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the offshore oilfield engineering and construction industry, holding various management positions in market development, project management, engineering and construction. He serves on the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors.
Dr. John J. Dreyzehner, M.P.H., F.A.C.O.E.M.Commissioner (Retired)Tennessee Department of Health
Dr. Dreyzehner led a team of public health professionals in supporting programs of the Tennessee Department of Health. He previously was district director at Cumberland Plateau Health District, a medical consultant on the Highlands Community Services Board, and director of Blue Ridge Occupational Health, all in Virginia. He also was a flight surgeon and directed key aeromedical programs while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is tri-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium, preparedness policy chairman of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and secretary-treasurer of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
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.
Nicholas J. Smith Interim President and CEO National Safety Council
Before joining NSC, Nicholas J. Smith was co-founder and managing principal of ICS Consulting, a full-service, compliance consulting and auditing firm. He co-developed ICS's proprietary compliance software solutions, and after multiple years of successive growth, the firm was acquired by a large, New York-based security and compliance consulting firm. Previously, Mr. Smith served as Chief of Staff for the largest investigative agency within the Department of Homeland Security. He oversaw the day-to-day activities of the agency, which had more than 17,000 employees and a budget of more than $5 billion. Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Smith spent nearly 10 years working in the U.S. Senate in various leadership positions. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.
Andrew Johnson CSP Executive Vice President – Principal Captive Resources LLCNSC Board Vice 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.
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.
James "Jamie" MerendinoVice President and General Manager of Risk ControlLiberty Mutual Insurance
Mr. Merendino has 30 years of experience in the commercial property and casualty arena. He is responsible for leading the risk management consulting operation, implementing an organization-wide approach to eliminate business risk and loss, and developing future leaders. Through risk management efforts, his organization is engaged with brokers and policyholders in the elimination of contributing factors to risk, improved productivity and profitability. Prior to this role, he served as a sales producer at Liberty Mutual Insurance and as a broker/producer at a large property and casualty insurance broker in New England. Responsibilities included client relations, development of risk management strategies and driving organic growth of the industrial - casualty book. In previous years with Liberty Mutual, Mr. Merendino led the re-organization and re-emergence of a risk management consulting operation, directly managed multiple regions and divisions, and implemented a countrywide hiring practice to identify future leaders.
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.
Anne R. PramaggioreSenior Executive Vice President and CEO of Exelon UtilitiesExelon Corporation
Ms. Pramaggiore is responsible for Exelon’s six utilities - ComEd, PECO, BGE, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric - which deliver electricity and natural gas to 22 million people in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C., Delaware and New Jersey. She previously was the first woman president and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, Illinois’ largest utility company. Under her leadership, ComEd implemented the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act in 2011, a $2.6 billion infrastructure modernization program and regulatory model redesign resulting in record-breaking reliability and the highest customer satisfaction scores in the company’s history. She also drove passage of the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act, aimed at growing renewable energy in Illinois, creating thousands of clean energy jobs, expanding funding for customer energy efficiency programs and providing millions of dollars in assistance for income-eligible customers. She also led the creation of programs to increase diversity in the energy and construction industries, including STEM-related programs for teen girls and African American and Latino high-school students; CONSTRUCT, a program that prepares diverse candidates for jobs in the construction and new energy trades; and Energy Force, in which developmentally disabled adults are trained to serve as ambassadors for energy efficiency. Ms. Pramaggiore chairs the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and serves on the board for Motorola Solutions, Inc., Babcock and Wilcox Enterprises, and several civic and community organizations. She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review.
Nick StavropoulosPresident and COOPacific Gas and Electric Company (Retired)
Mr. Stavropoulos has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry. He oversaw more than 23,000 employees across electric, gas and nuclear operations, serves on the PG&E Board of Directors and is the company’s lead safety officer.Mr. Stavropoulos was hired in 2011 to lead a multibillion-dollar recovery and restoration effort after the San Bruno, CA, pipeline explosion. His teams engage companies around the world to develop new technologies to benefit customers and the environment. Under his leadership, PG&E’s gas business has earned multiple third-party certifications. Mr. Stavropoulos is an internationally sought-after speaker on topics of leadership and safety culture. He holds a bachelor of science from Bentley College and a master in business administration from Babson College.
Dennis "Jerry" WascomVice President of Operational Excellence, Safety, Security, Health and EnvironmentExxon Mobil Corporation
Mr. Wascom has served in his current position since 2014. He previously served as president of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company, vice president at American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, and director of refining North America at ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company. He began his career in 1979 as a refining engineer at Baton Rouge refinery in Louisiana for Exxon Company USA. He progressed through various engineering and supervisory positions at Exxon Company USA's headquarters in Houston and later as technical manager and process manager at Baytown refinery in Texas. In 1996, he became senior environmental and safety advisor and later corporate planning consultant at Exxon Corporation in Dallas. Following an assignment in Singapore serving as refinery executive for the Far East, he became Beaumont Refinery Manager in 2000. He has served as the president at TonenGeneral Sekiyu k k. since July 2006. Since 2004, he served as global logistics and optimization manager, supply and transportation, ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Company. He served as vice president of industrial and wholesale for ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Company since 2005. He moved to Tokyo and was president of ExxonMobil companies in Japan and refining director for the Asia Pacific region since 2006. He served as chairman and director of TonenGeneral Sekiyu k.k. from 2006 to 2009. He has been a director of Imperial Oil Ltd. since 2014.
Shelley Scalzo BrownSafety, Health and Environmental Manager Pacific Region and LA Metro Area AECOM
Ms. Scalzo Brown has more than 15 years of experience as a safety professional in the environmental services, construction, emergency management, transportation and energy industries. At AECOM, she provides leadership and technical SH&E support to management teams and program directors. She has provided support to private companies and government agencies seeking to achieve world-class safety performance, and has recent experience working with complex organizations, including military facilities, airports and educational settings. She supports and mentors a network of SH&E professionals, helping to align client support with SH&E excellence. She has led strategic interventions and created opportunities for recognition of AECOM’s Safety for Life program. Ms. Scalzo Brown has been a Certified Safety Professional since 2012 and received the 2010 NSC Rising Star of Safety Award and ASSE 2015 Safety Professional of the Year, Young Professional’s Common Interest Group. She has published two papers on environmental health issues in the San Diego region and has contributed to Safety and Health Magazine. She is an NSC Delegate and 2017 vice chair of the NSC Women’s Caucus. Previously, she served as a member of AECOM Innovation, and as chairperson, professional development, Young Professionals, American Society of Safety Engineers.
David DanielsSafety OfficerDeKalb County Government
Mr. Daniels has worked in local governments across the U.S. since 1981 and now serves as a workplace safety consultant focusing on public sector organizations. He previously served as a fire chief and emergency manager in three states, an assistant professor of fire science/public administration and executive director of workforce safety in the mayor’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Daniels has served as NSC Government and Public-Sector Division chair and delegate. He has been a member of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Fire Service Culture Change Initiative, International Fire Service Training Association, Georgia State Fire Standards and Accreditation Board, Washington State Fire Protection Policy Board, Fire Training Center Advisory Committee, King County Fire Association Training and Safety Officer and Fire Chiefs Association, King County Crisis Clinic Board, Seattle Management Association, Fire Department Office’s Association, Fire Service Diversity Coalition and City of Kent Diversity Advisory Board.
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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