Rick Roberts, RF, ALCM, ARM, ARME, CPCU, will lead RIMS, a nonprofit risk management society focused on advancing risk management, as president for the 2015 term, effective January 1. 

Currently, Roberts is the director of risk management and employee benefits for Ensign-Bickford Industries Inc. He has been a member of RIMS for 25 years and on its Board of Directors for seven years.  Previously, Roberts served as RIMS’ VP and board liaison to RIMS’ external affairs committee, and also is a member of RIMS Connecticut Valley Chapter, where he served as the chapter’s president from 1997 to 1998.

“No two days as a risk professional are ever the same. Current events, new technologies and global initiatives continue to keep risk professionals searching for the latest industry information and best practices,” Roberts said. “RIMS greatest asset is its members, an engaged and generous network of professionals who willingly share their experiences to help colleagues better prepare their organizations for the unknown. With a focus on the society’s long-term strategy, we will continue to strengthen our networks, enhancing our ability to deliver thought-leading content to the global risk management community.”

RIMS also announced its roster of officers for its 2015 board of directors, which includes Roberts; the society’s VP Julie C. Pemberton, ARM, who is director, enterprise risk and insurance management, Outerwall Inc.; Treasurer Robert Cartwright, Jr., CRM, who is safety and health manager, Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC; and Corporate Secretary Jennifer Santiago, ARM, director of insurance, Novartis Corporation.

Robert Zhang, China risk and compliance manager, IKEA (China) Investment Co. Ltd., has been named to RIMS’ board, joining incumbent members Gordon Adams, chief risk officer, Tri-Marine International; Gloria Brosius, director, risk management and insurance programs, Farm Credit Council Services Inc.; Al Gorski, chief risk officer, Orange County Transportation Authority; Leslie Lamb, director, global risk management, Cisco Systems Inc.; Steve Pottle, director, risk management services, York University; Frederick J. Savage, FCII, ARM, director, risk management (San Ramon), Chevron Corporation; Lori Seidenberg, RF, ARM; senior vice president, insurance/risk management, Hunt Companies; Carolyn M. Snow, CPCU, director, risk management, Humana Inc. (Ex-Officio); and Janet Stein, director, risk management & insurance, University of Calgary.

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