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Key Practice Area - Global EHS - 2015 Forum Track 3 - Applying a Risk Lens
Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

2015 EHS Forum - Applying a Risk Lens

Oct. 14-15, 2015

While EHS managers have traditionally managed operational risks like compliance, process safety and chemical hazards as part of their core responsibilities, they are now being challenged from a strategic prospective to consider and communicate EHS risk. Sessions in this track will explore risk through both an operational and strategic lens. It will delve into risk from the perspective of process, product, financial, emerging regulatory and non-regulatory risks.


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Global Regulatory Trends EHS&S Leader Must Understand

Through the lens of successful global EHS&S leader's, attendees will learn to identify the major global compliance trends and how companies are planning for and meeting new global regulatory challenges. Attendees will glean actionable insights to benchmark organizational compliance programs. Stay ahead of global regulatory trends and see how your peers are leading organizational compliance programs forward. Attendees will also get lessons learned when rolling-out a global GHG program, managing compliance risks that do not fit neatly under the responsibility of one owner, and getting data to benchmark programs.

  • Rachel Degenhardt, Head of Global Services; Enhesa SA
  • Heike Naigur, Senior Manager Environmental Services; Ryder Systems Inc.
  • Mike Morgan, Group Environmental Director; BBA Aviation plc
  • Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment & Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE

Moderator: JC Tabora, Environmental and Sustainability Manager; Ryder Systems Inc.

Best Practices for Operational Risk Assessment and Prioritization

Curious about how companies are performing their EHS Risk Assessment and Prioritization Process? Want to get different perspectives on this critical topic for enterprise risk management? This session will address how to identify, prioritize, communicate and manage key EHS operational risks. Attendees will get common approaches and frameworks for EHS Risk Assessment and Prioritization, and practical examples of these programs in operation.

  • Rodney Canada, Vice President, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability; CP Kelco U.S. Inc.
  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan
  • Mark Hause, Corporate EHS Manager; DuPont Co.

Moderator: David Williams, Director, Environment and Sustainability; Teva Pharmaceuticals

Understanding Board Expectations: What do EHS&S Leaders Need To Know?

This session will give attendees a peak behind the boardroom doors and explore the new and emerging risks that corporate boards and shareholders are focused on and how EHS leaders can be prepared to address and manage those risks. From governance to enterprise risk management and sustainability, this session will help attendees understand how they need to be shaping their programs and addressing their board's concerns. Attendees will also get insights and practical tips for how to present EHS risk information to their BOD members.

  • Libby Cheney, Board of Directors; The Offshore Energy Center & PinkPetro, LLC
  • Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service
  • Martin Moran, Director Governance, Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Moderator: Kenny Ogilvie, CEO; EHS Support

Changing Climate Means Changing Risk

How do you plan for potential upticks in injury rates, property damage, and business interruption that could result from shifting weather patterns without increasing the cost of doing business? If your organization is exposed and potentially subject to any of these impacts, planning and control programs must adapt to “the new normal.” Attendees will leave the session hearing current best practices from organizational leaders who have initiated programs to protect their assets without negatively impacting the bottom line.

  • Carl Gerhardstein, Assistant Vice President, Public Safety, Health & Environment; CSX Corp.
  • Joey Freeman, Senior Vice President of Risk Control; Beecher Carlson
  • Rob McMullen, President; Paragon Risk Engineering

Moderator: Brad Waldron, Director of Risk; Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Managing EHS Risk During Corporate Change

Whether you are dealing with a merger, acquisition, layoff or reorganization, the potential for critical EHS management tasks to fall through the cracks increases during times of change. This session will showcase companies who are dealing with these types of changes and the strategies and processes they are putting into place to ensure EHS cultures are being integrated, roles and responsibilities are reassigned, and compliance efforts don't lapse, even in the face of workforce reductions.

  • Nan Bangs, Director Safety, Health & Risk Reduction; UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Fawn Bergen, Corporate Air Program Senior Environmental Engineer; Intel Corp.
  • John Flatley, Senior Manager, Industrial Hygiene; Ashland Inc.

Moderator: Curt Michols, Principal Specialist; Abbott Laboratories

Speaker Bios

Rachel Degenhardt, Head of Global Services; Enhesa SA
Rachel Degenhardt is Head of Global Services at Enhesa, with responsibility for ensuring the quality of all EHS regulatory services provided to international businesses. This includes assuring the accuracy and comprehensiveness of all regulatory content, as well as ensuring timely and efficient delivery of such content via all platforms. As the Team Lead for North America, she focused on content development and regulatory reporting for all issues impacting the environment and health and safety in the United States and Canada. As leader of the North American Team, she held responsibility for developing content, ensuring accuracy in regulatory analysis, participating in compliance audits, and delivering exceptional content to clients.

Rachel has worked for Enhesa in the U.S. and in Belgium.

Rachel has extensive knowledge of regulatory law internationally and in the United States and Canada. Before joining Enhesa, she served in the public sector as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Tracy Christopher and in the private sector as litigation associate at Tucker, Taunton, Snyder, and Slade in Houston, Texas.

Heike Naigur, Senior Manager Environmental Services; Ryder Systems Inc.
Dr. Heike Naigur is an accomplished Sustainability Senior Manager with 15+ years of experience as greenhouse gas scientist, 7+ years in strategic sustainability planning in areas of transportation, supply change and real estate. She is an environmental compliance expert with 7+ years of experience in compliance tracking, researching environmental legislation in transportation and municipal sectors including hazardous material/waste management, regulated substances and storage tank management. Dr. Naigur is also a sustainability & energy program builder with experience in developing energy & resource efficiency programs.

Dr. Naigur has been the Senior Manager Environmental Services & Sustainability at Ryder Systems Inc. since 2011. She develops reports and tracks key metrics for various sustainability reports including but not limited to Ryder's annual Corporate Sustainability Report and Carbon Disclosure Project. She is also responsible for tracking and enforcing environmental policies and regulations as they relate to truck rental operations, supply chain services and real estate management and conducting 200+ regular environmental audits each year to manage and enforce compliance aspects for waste streams, regulated substance control (diesel, oil) and hazardous material, spill procedures and facility housekeeping.

She is the responsible officer for maintaining, updating, tracking and managing Ryder's internal resource tracking software Energy Cap. Leading efforts to create company-wide energy and resource conservation strategies. She is responsible for implementing and educating employees and other stakeholders on energy, water and waste issues.

Prior to Ryder Dr. Naigur was the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board Member for the City of Sunrise Florida.

She received her MSc Sustainable Environmental Management from the University of Plymouth in 2007.She received her MSc in Biology Sciences in 1997 from the University of Düsseldorf. She received her PhD in Oceanography from the University of Kiel in 2004.

She is a Board member at Technical Expert Panel Electric Power Sector for The Climate Registry, stakeholder Advisory Group Member Product/Supply Chain, Initiative World Resources Institute, and Broward Climate Change Sub-Committee.

She is a certified Greenhouse Gas Accountant.

Mike Morgan, Group Environmental Director; BBA Aviation plc
Mike Morgan is the Group Environmental Manager for BBA Aviation. He joined the company in September 2009 and has global responsibilities for compliance and sustainability. Prior to coming to BBA Aviation, Mike was the Senior Manager of Sustainability at Delta Air Lines, developing a strategic plan and implementation of Delta's sustainability programs. Mike is a graduate of Auburn University and holds a degree in Environmental Science. He has over 20 years of experience in the Environmental field, including 15 years in Aviation. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors for the Clean Air Campaign, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta. He lives with his wife and son in Atlanta, Georgia.

Michelle Redfield, Director, Safety, Environment & Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE
As the North American Director for Environment and Safety/Environment Process Improvement for Schneider Electric, Michelle and her team direct the company's North American environmental and sustainability initiatives and strategy, leading environmental and safety programs such as compliance, management systems, water reduction, waste minimization and recycling, data management and environmental recognition. She has also led Schneider Electric’s global safety & environmental data management system program and Schneider’s global safety standardization and process improvement programs such as developing a Global Safety Handbook, Global Directives, Global Safety Alert process, Global Safety, Environment and Real Estate acquisition integration process, etc., converting a growing company of over 200 separate brands into a single Safety program.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Michelle worked for about 20 years in government and consulting engagements for U.S.–based Multi-National Organizations; having managed a full-service environmental, health and safety consulting office in Chicago. During that tenure she led business development, customer management and a wide range of environmental and safety initiatives, operational effectiveness program development and implementation, integrated environmental system and compliance auditing programs, and environmental and safety and sustainability information management system programs.

She received her degree in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University. She is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Rodney Canada, Vice President, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability; CP Kelco U.S. Inc.
Rodney Canada is the Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability for CP Kelco, a JM Huber company. He leads EHS&S for CP Kelco's global operations which consists of specialty chemicals facilities in the US, Brazil, Europe and Asia. His EHS&S career has spanned over 30 years working in diverse fields such as chemicals, mining, heavy civil construction and manufacturing giving him a broad perspective on EHS&S issues.

Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan
Sulaiman Hamidi is Director of Sustainability and Product Stewardship for Allergan, a global $23 billion diversified global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. In this role, he is responsible for development, and implementation of company-wide sustainability programs including sustainability metrics, engagement with internal and external stakeholders on sustainability initiatives, and sustainability reporting. Sulaiman also works in close partnership with R&D, Sales, and Manufacturing functions to assess the EHS impact of products.

Prior to joining Allergan, Mr. Hamidi was responsible for managing EHS programs at the facility, regional, and corporate levels for Baxter Healthcare and Watson Pharmaceuticals. Sulaiman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, has completed graduate studies in Environmental, and Occupational Health, and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) with over 20 years of experience managing Sustainability, Risk Management, and EHS programs.

Mark Hause, Corporate EHS Manager; DuPont Co.
Currently, Mark am a Global EHS Leader for DuPont as part of the Corporate Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence Center. Previous experiences include Global Environmental Engineering Technology Manager as well as a variety of Leadership roles in Manufacturing, Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Development, and Business Management in the 32 years that he has been at DuPont.

He is currently the 2nd Vice President and Benchmarking Chair for NAEM,. Mark previously served as a Board Member for Red Clay Valley Association, Adoptive Families with Information and Support, GEMI, the Environmental Associates of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science and the Center for Waste Reduction Technologies.

He earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering at Iowa State University.

Libby Cheney, Board of Directors; The Offshore Energy Center & PinkPetro, LLC
Libby Cheney is a Founding Partner in TRIO Global Consulting, LLC, a firm launched in 2015 to provide business resilience strategies and systems to the extractives and manufacturing sectors.

Over more than 32 years in the oil and gas industry, Libby has held operational, technical and functional roles. For the past 10 years, she has performed in executive roles in environment, health, safety and sustainable development, including corporate and business line Vice President roles for Royal Dutch Shell and Hess Corporation.

Libby serves and has served as a Director on a number of Boards and Advisory Boards including IPIECA, OGP, the Offshore Energy Center, US Oil and Gas Association, Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council.

Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer; United States Postal Service
Day leads the USPS effort of being a sustainability leader by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. Day reports to Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General.
Working closely with Network Operations, Delivery and Post Office Operations, Facilities, Supply Management, a variety of vendors and the mailing industry, Day’s group sets policies and assists implementation in areas of Environmental Compliance. Sustainability, and Energy Initiatives.

Prior to serving in this role, Day was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011), Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007) and Vice President, Engineering (2001-2005). In this capacity, he oversaw development of all engineering efforts involving automation and operations, building and equipment maintenance, and the Postal Service's award-winning environmental program. In addition to his responsibilities at the U.S. Postal Service, Day also formerly served (2007-2011) as Chairman of the Standards Board for the Universal Postal Union.

During his 31-year Postal Service career, Day developed a solid operations background with various assignments in delivery, distribution, and logistics, including service as district manager of the Southeast New England District from 1996 to 2000. He is a third-generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years’ service as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Day is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a master of science degree in management in 1996.

Martin Moran, Director Governance, Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp.
Marty is Director of Operations & Governance in Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health. He joined Lockheed Martin in 1981, assuming his current role in January 2009. He currently leads 4 departments including Common Systems, Energy & Environmental Programs, Health and Safety Programs, and Governance & Advocacy all supporting the company’s 5 main business areas. In addition he leads ESH operational efforts for our international business in the UK, Canada, and Australia.

Prior to this position Marty was Senior Manager, Delaware Valley Facilities & Support Services located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for Information Systems and Global Services. In this position Marty provided leadership to a diverse organization of 150 employees who provide facilities engineering, facilities maintenance, facilities planning, and special services to 4,500 employees in 4 states occupying 2 million square feet of office and lab space. In 2007, the East-North Zone facilities organization included $39M in overhead budget and $5M in capital improvement projects. In addition, he successfully led a culture change initiative where previously disparate and independent groups within the facilities organization now operate interdependently with shared ownership for organizational goals.

Prior to assuming his leadership role in Facilities & Support Services, Marty was on special assignment reporting to the CIO & VP of Operations with Integrated Systems and Solutions leading the Information Technology and Business Systems merger of two heritage Lockheed Martin businesses. Additionally, Marty has held senior level leadership positions in Manufacturing, Technical Publications (Operations), Subcontracts (Business Operations), and Learning and Development (Human Resources).

Marty received a Masters degree in Leadership Development from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006. Prior to that he attended Immaculata University where he received his Bachelors degree in Business Management. In addition, Marty has attended various corporate leadership courses and targeted training courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business school.

Marty is a member of the Lockheed Martin Delaware Valley Network of Volunteer Associates (NOVA), serves on the board of directors for the Angels for Alyssa non-profit organization and is founder and trustee for the Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA) research fund ( which has raised close to $1M since inception in 2001. He previously served as Vice President for the Bishop Shanahan High School Ice Hockey Club from 2003 through 2007.

Carl Gerhardstein, Assistant Vice President, Public Safety, Health & Environment; CSX Corp.
Carl Gerhardstein is Assistant Vice President of Public Safety, Health and Environment for CSX Transportation. He is responsible for environmental compliance, remediation, health and sustainability programs for CSX, including air, water, and hazardous waste permits and plans for railroad operations in 23 states covering more than 21,000 route miles. Mr. Gerhardstein has been with CSX for 32 years and has been in the environmental department for the past 21 years. Before joining that department, he worked 12 years with the railroad's engineering department. Carl holds a BSCE from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Alabama.

Joey Freeman, Senior Vice President of Risk Control; Beecher Carlson
Joseph Freeman is Senior Vice President of Risk Control at Beecher Carlson, a large account risk management broker. As such, he is responsible for coordinating pre-loss accident prevention and regulatory compliance services directed to the specific needs of clients. His career began with several years as a safety specialist in private industry. He joined the insurance industry in 2002 as a risk control consultant with Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he held a variety of risk control positions with the carrier, including District Consultant, Regional Consultant, and Regional Risk Control Manager.

In his role at Beecher Carlson, Joseph demonstrates expertise in the transportation, hospitality, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing industries, helping clients to identify cost-drivers associated with their casualty risk management programs and to develop and to implement processes to minimize those costs. This includes services in a broad range of areas, including: cost allocation and performance measurement, Risk Management programs and procedures, client-specific training modules, Risk Management program auditing, site safety evaluation, ergonomic assessment, OSHA compliance assessment, driver safety, and others. He also acts as an advocate for clients and coordinates the services provided by insurer loss control personnel.

Joey earned a Bachelor of Science, Occupational Safety & Health from Murray State University. He holds the professional designations of Certified Safety Professional and Certified Driver Trainer through the North American Transportation Management Institute.

Rob McMullen, President; Paragon Risk Engineering
Rob McMullen is President of Paragon Risk Engineering. He co-founded the firm in August 2008 and is responsible for the company's overall performance and operations in North American and Asia Pacific. His firm delivers risk consulting services to the commercial property insurance market sector. Paragon's expertise includes risk assessment and mitigation for natural catastrophe hazards including flood, earthquake and wind storm, as well as man-made hazards such as fire and explosion.

Before Paragon, he was the Vice President of Engineering for RSA PLC in London and Board Member of RSA's US operating company. Rob is a graduate of the University of Delaware and lives in New Jersey.

Nan Bangs, Director Safety, Health & Risk Reduction; UTC Aerospace Systems
Nan Bangs is the Director, Safety, Health and Risk Reduction for UTC Aerospace Systems, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Bangs has responsibility for the execution of the safety programs, technical and program support, integration plans, and driving risk reduction for approximately 140 sites worldwide.

Ms. Bangs has over 29 years of experience with environment, health and safety. She previously served as Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety for UTC Climate Controls and Security Systems (CCS), headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut. In that role, she led Global EH&S program development and implementation, including the integration of more than 65 facilities over five years. She was also instrumental in assuring REACH compliance with CCS European operations.

Her work at UTC corporate headquarters involved leading multiple safety program initiatives, including the development of the UTC Cardinal Rules and the overhauling of the UTC compliance / assurance program. Her background also consists of three years of operational experience as a business unit manager with UTC’s Pratt & Whitney organization.

Prior to her employment with UTC, Ms. Bangs worked as an EH&S consultant for ABB Environmental, where she was instrumental in the development of USEPA effluent guidelines for several industries. She conducted compliance audits and developed EH&S management systems for several companies, and performed Phase 1-3 Environmental Site Assessments for various remediation sites.

Ms. Bangs holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maine and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, a role in which she supported 9/11, Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and the BP oil spill cleanup activities.

Fawn Bergen, Corporate Air Program Senior Environmental Engineer; Intel Corp.
Fawn Bergen, PE is the Corporate Air Program Owner within the Corporate Environmental Team for Intel Corporation, a global semiconductor chip maker. In her role at Intel, Fawn leads the air program for Intel's operations world-wide. Fawn possesses 17 years of experience in the environmental management field, with expertise in air quality and multi-media environmental permitting, compliance management, program development, regulatory interpretation, auditing, and training. Her previous experience includes AMCOL International Corp., CEMEX, and environmental consulting.

She recently participated in NAEM leadership as a planning committee member for the 2015 Women's Leadership Conference and 2015 EH&S Management Forum. Fawn previously served various leadership roles with the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) including Section, Chapter, and Conference Chairs for approximately 15 years. Fawn has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.

John Flatley, Senior Manager, Industrial Hygiene; Ashland Inc.
John Flatley is certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene and works as amember of the Occupational Toxicology team for Ashland. Ashland is a leading specialty chemical companies in the world, headquarterd in Covington, KY. John works out of the Bridgewater NJ R&D center and resides in Brick, NJ at the Jersey shore. Currently, John manages the global industrial hygiene and occupational health program for Ashland Inc.

John has over 27 years of experience in the chemical industry, starting with Stuaffer Chemical, Akzo Nobel, ICI and Huntsman Polyurethanes. John has been with Ashland for the past 1 years and is currently leading the company's effort to integrate the EHS programs of three heritage companies to position Ashland as one of the leading specialty chemical companies in the world.

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