BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seven individuals stood out from the 54 risk professionals recently
recognized as “Risk Innovators”
by Risk & Insurance magazine.
The first annual “Risk Innovator Awards”
recognized risk professionals who resolved risk-related problems in a
unique or innovative way. In selecting the winners, judges focused on
how well each applicant identified emerging risks, used risk
strategically, and managed risk creatively.
From these 2008 winners, a separate panel of independent judges selected
seven individuals who each received a “Responsibility
Leader” designation, sponsored by Liberty
Mutual. These professionals built practical risk management solutions
that went beyond protecting an organization, to providing benefits to
employees or the broader community. Recipients did the right thing over
the easy or quick fix to overcome significant risk obstacles.
“We support the Responsibility Leader
recognition because it aligns perfectly with our core belief that we
celebrate responsibility,” notes Jim Purvis,
Vice President of Commercial Markets Marketing. “Responsibility
is also at the heart of risk management. The award celebrates those risk
professionals who brought their sense of responsibility and risk skills
to their organizations and communities, from working with local
officials to better prepare for a disaster, to bringing together
historically separate groups to solve common issues.”
The 2008 “Responsibility Leader”
Allen Bova, Cornell University. Allen has implemented numerous
programs aimed at keeping students safe, including a new take on a
traditional end-of-the-year party. By fencing in the party area,
limiting area access to only Cornell students, issuing bracelets for
buying beer to students of legal drinking age and providing free food,
water and entertainment, Allen started a new tradition that continues
Jennifer Christian, The 60 Summits Project Inc. Jennifer brought
together employers, insurers, labor and others from throughout the
U.S. and Canada to discuss ways to improve workers compensation and
disability programs. Through her summits, Jennifer is shifting the
traditional approach to disability and workers compensation –
which focuses on processing and adjudicating claims –
to one that anticipates the impact of injuries and plans for the best
Tom Cipollone, Darden Restaurants. Through his work making Darden
Restaurants safer for guests and employees, Tom helped lower general
liability claims frequency by 25.9 percent from fiscal year 2002 to
fiscal year 2007, and workers compensation claims by 38.2 percent
since fiscal year 2002. These results helped slash workers
compensation and general liability costs by 42.6 percent –
or $60.7 million – from fiscal year 2004 to
fiscal year 2007.
Bruce Moeller, DriveCam Inc. Beyond marketing products that help
individuals and corporate fleets drive better, Bruce led a nationwide “safe
driving” crusade. He reached out to a range
of stakeholders across the country, from youth to highway safety
organizations, challenging everyone to improve risky driver behavior.
In addition, Bruce has recently published a book on the driving
culture in America.
Janette Ament-Pierce, Noble House Hotels & Resorts –
Janette uses technology to improve the safety of employees and guests
at this company’s 14 high-end properties
across the United States. She built an integrated risk management web
site that lets hotel operational staff, management and outside vendors
file and track claims; see loss results by hotel and department; and
access training materials, such as disaster preparedness information.
The president of Noble House credits Janette with making insurance,
loss control and risk management part of the company’s
Susan Shemanski, Spherion Corp. Managing the health and safety of more
than 300,000 temporary workers, spread over 700 offices and reporting
to more than 7,000 clients is challenging. Susan built a program that
gives temporary workers the tools and training to keep themselves
safe. In addition, Susan partnered with a variety of non-profit
organizations to develop transition duty options for injured temporary
workers, meshing the community into the company’s
Dan Thomas, Beaverton, Oregon School District. While this public risk
manager makes sure the 37,000 students in his school district are safe
at school every day, he also helps drive emergency planning in his
hometown. Dan brings together key community constituencies –
police, fire, emergency management and parks and recreation personnel –
to help the entire community develop plans that address safety before
a catastrophe hits.
About Liberty Mutual
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified global insurer and
sixth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2007
direct written premium. The Company also ranks 94th on the Fortune 500
list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2007 revenue. As of
December 31, 2007, Liberty Mutual Group had $94.7 billion in
consolidated assets, $82.3 billion in consolidated liabilities, and
$25.9 billion in annual consolidated revenue.
Liberty Mutual Group offers a wide range of insurance products and
services, including personal automobile, homeowners, workers
compensation, commercial multiple peril, commercial automobile, general
liability, global specialty, group disability, assumed reinsurance, fire
Liberty Mutual Group (www.libertymutualgroup.com)
employs over 41,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.
About Risk & Insurance
Risk & Insurance is an award-winning monthly publication
covering the commercial insurance industry. Risk & Insurance
is a member of the LPR media family and has 53,000 subscribers.
The first annual “Risk Innovator”
award recognized winners in 13 different industries who demonstrated
innovation and excellence in risk management over the past year. They
view risk as both a threat and an opportunity for their organizations.
A subset of these winners received the “Responsibility
More information on the “Risk Innovator”
and “Responsibility Leader”
winners can be seen at www.riskandinsurance.com.