ERM Q&A Interviews

ERM often is described as a journey. Since organizations pursue different missions through diverse objectives, no two journeys are exactly alike. Explore this series of RIMS interviews to discover how these successful risk professionals accelerate their ERM journeys to protect and create value for their respective organizations.

Deb Barnes

Deb Barnes took charge of investment risk management at QIC, a large Queensland government-owned investment company. Over the past four years, the now-Deputy Chief Risk Officer has led the effort to balance QIC’s ERM program, finding the right equilibrium between strategic risk optimization and the traditional elimination and reduction of risks.

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Tina Gardiner

Tina Gardiner has been a risk leader at the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario, Canada for 18 years. She has led its ERM program, which was acknowledged by RIMS in 2019 for its bottom-up and more recent top-down processes. She discusses how ERM has driven progress for the municipality and successfully resolved cyber threats.

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Dinesh K.S.

Dinesh K.S. discusses how he led Cognizant’s ERM program by demonstrating true “diversity of thought” in the hiring process. This helped drive the program’s success and was instrumental in Cognizant being presented with the RIMS India ERM Award of Distinction at RIMS Risk Forum India 2019.

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Andrea Bonime-Blanc

Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc discusses how boards must begin to add a ‘T’ for technology to the ESG acronym in order to succeed. She also weighs in on the necessity of board diversity and how COVID-19 has changed the enterprise risk management landscape.

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Michael Zuraw

ON Semiconductor was acknowledged by RIMS in 2019 for its groundbreaking ERM program, which pragmatically assesses the strategic risks and opportunities expected to emerge in 25 years. Michael Zuraw, ON Semi’s Senior Director of Global Enterprise Risk Management has led this program and other ERM innovations, which have helped the Fortune 500 company solidify its status as a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions.

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Bill Lyons

Recology didn’t win the RIMS 2019 Global Enterprise Risk Management Award of Distinction by accident. The San Francisco-based resource recovery company continually elevates the concept of recycling thanks to a strategically launched ERM program implemented by Bill Lyons, Vice President and Senior Director of Risk, Safety and Environmental.

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Jennifer Hills and Sean Catanese

King County is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. and its revitalization is due in part to a robust ERM program. RIMS 2018 Risk Manager of the Year Honor Roll member and King County Director of Risk Management Jennifer Hills and ERM Program Manager Sean Catanese discuss how implementing a forward-looking risk profile exercise has enhanced the county’s business planning process.

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Rebecca Cady

RIMS 2018 Risk Manager of the Year Rebecca Cady discusses how developing the ERM program for Children’s National Health System reduced costs and injuries to staff and patients, and helped it earn the prestigious national recognitions for care and safety.

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Trisha Sqrow

With millions of travelers and thousands of employees and vendors passing through the gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Trisha Sqrow had to establish ERM processes that allowed passengers and workers to reach their destinations safely and quickly.

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Deepak Padaki

With turbulence in the rearview, Deepak Padaki of Infosys discusses how he leveraged strategic risk management techniques to help the Indian IT and business consulting firm launch a successful comeback.

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Jeff Matsen

Jeff Matsen sits down with RIMS to discuss how his ERM initiatives have prepared Edwards Lifesciences for emerging regulatory developments and how it is becoming more integrated with corporate strategy.

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Jana Utter

Jana Utter of Centene discusses ORSA, M&As, and the tools and techniques that have helped her mature ERM at a Fortune 50 company.

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Dr. Karen Hardy

There’s no bureaucracy like government bureaucracy, making major government agencies ripe for a centralized approach to risk management. Read more​​ about how Dr. Karen Hardy has approached this challenge in her federal government career.

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Lorie Graham

AAIC’s ERM program has come a long way under Lorie Graham’s leadership. The current CRO started from scratch and is now tackling tricky emerging risk issues, and proving the program’s financial value to the organization.

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Dr. Lianne Appelt

Dr. Lianne Appelt has been spreading the word about ERM in various Oracle businesses for several years. Now working for Oracle’s cloud business, she discusses her plans to advance risk management in this cutting-edge technological space.

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Kyle Van Hoeven

Kyle Van Hoeven has found her calling in ERM at Westfield Group, where she designed the program starting with a blank sheet of paper. Read more to learn how she did it, and what changes have come along in the five years since.

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Jette Birkeholm Møller

Jette Birkeholm Møller isn’t a wet blanket at LEGO. As senior manager of strategic risk management, she makes sure the company’s plans stay on the path to success.

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Jeff Pratt & Tom Easthope

Jeff Pratt and Tom Easthope describe the evolution of ERM at Microsoft, and how the practice has adapted to a major internal reorganization.

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Meredith Stein

Meredith Stein of the National Institutes of Health shares from her experience implementing new ERM standards at a decentralized federal agency.

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Anita Ingr​am

Anita Ingr​am discusses with RIMS the opportunities and hurdles of designing an ERM program from scratch, drawing on experience from Southern Methodist University and the University of Cincinnati.

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