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Key Practice Area - Compliance Excellence - Foundational EHS Excellence
Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

2012 Forum - Foundational EHS Excellence

Feb. 2012

An integrated sustainability strategy includes a strong commitment to environment, health and safety (EHS) management. Learn the fundamental elements of a strong EHS management program and how to successfully integrate it into your company"s culture.


NAEM's 2011 EHS Management Forum conference showcased best practices for building an EHS management system. In this section you will find:

Agenda: Read session descriptions

Speaker Bios: See a list of speakers and read their bios

Presentations: Featured presentations from NAEM's 2011 EHS Management Forum -

  • Strategies for Ensuring Enterprise EHS Compliance
  • Management of Change: Success Strategies for EHS Managers
  • Innovating EHS Audits: New and Unique Approaches
  • Integrating EHS Management Systems into the Business
  • Managing EHS Risk through Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Effective Training Strategies for EHS Compliance


Session 1: Strategies for Ensuring Enterprise EHS Compliance

This session will provide a look at how three unique companies ensure EHS compliance across their businesses. Speakers will share a big picture look at their efforts and highlight key strategies they use to lead compliance assurance at their organizations. From learning about allocation of resources and budgets, to what the speakers’ management systems look like, attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of how successful companies understand and minimize compliance risk.

Moderator Chair: Chris Tarpey, Senior Consultant; Kestrel Management Services


  • Karen Lynn, Corporate Sustainability Programs Manager, EHS; Eaton Corp.
  • Frank Marino, Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Corp.
  • Tony Shea, Senior Manager, Environmental Business; NRG Energy

Session 5: Management of Change: Process, Product, Regulation

The current state of business change is rapid and inevitable. How do EHS managers manage both changes that are driven by EHS and those that require EHS visibility? This session will feature case studies from management of three different types of change and examine how the EHS managers in charge of leading or implementing this change ensure its successful completion.

Moderator Chair: Ted Polakowski, Vice President; Citation Technologies Inc.


  • Gretchen Hancock, Manager, EHS Programs; General Electric Co.
  • Dawn Krueger, Compliance Assurance Manager; 3M Co.
  • Megan Lum, Manager Environmental Operations; Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Session 9: Innovating EHS Auditing: New Approaches to Corporate-level EHS Audit Programs

What’s new and different in EHS auditing? How are companies leveraging resources to get the most value from their EHS audit programs? From virtual, risk-based, and integrated audits, this session will examine ways two leading companies are keeping their audit programs fresh and effective. Session speakers will touch on how their auditing programs have evolved over the years and discuss drivers for new approaches they are taking. Attendees will also get a high level summary of recent industry benchmarking of corporate EHS auditing practices.

Moderator Chair: John Nagy, Vice President, EHS Management Consulting Services; AECOM Technology Corp.


  • Tom Finley, EHS Risk Analysis Director; Boeing Co.
  • Majo Thurman, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.

Session 13: Integrating EHS Management systems into the business

Effective EHS management hinges on how well it is integrated into broader business systems. So what does an effective EHS management system look like? What are the milestones and hurtles you must overcome to integrate EHS at a company and how do you measure your progress? This session will give attendees a look at three distinct integration efforts and reveal the benefits these efforts have yielded for their EHS function and their business.

Moderator Chair: Maribel Crespin, Environmental Engineer; MillerCoors


  • Brian Burnikel, EHS Manager; Boeing Co.
  • Jeff Campbell, Director of Manufacturing; AMCOL International Corp.
  • Michael Haro, Manager, Environmental Resources; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Session 17: Tips and Strategies for Managing EHS Risk Through Mergers & Acquisitions

This session will examine best practices and strategies for integrating an EHS process, system, and culture after an acquisition. It will touch on issues including due diligence, property risks and assessing compliance levels of a new company. Attendees will take away an understanding of common pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned from two companies that have recently gone through the process.

Moderator Chair: Chris England, Manager, ESH; ITT Corp.


  • Bob Genau, SHE Manager, M&A Processes, DuPont SHE and Sustainable Growth Center
  • Scott Lawson, Director, ESH; ITT Defense
  • Benjamin White, Regional Manager, ESH & Security; ITT Water & Waste Water

Session 21: Effective Training Strategies for EHS Compliance

EHS compliance must be communicated and understood by all employees. Find out how different companies manage their training programs and see examples of the tools they use to manage these programs, including learning management systems, and employing external experts. The session will examine how these companies are overcoming challenges, including training staff and employees across different time zones, cultures and languages.

Moderator Chair: Paul Orlowski, Environmental Health and Safety Manager; Cardinal Solar Technologies


  • Tim Haney, Regional EHS Manager, Apex Tool Group
  • Joe Jansen, Vice President Environmental, Health and Safety, Covidien Inc.
  • Judy Wilson, Chief of the Division of Environmental & Cultural Resources Management; Bureau of Indian Affairs

Speaker Bios

Karen Lynn, Manager of Corporate Sustainability and EHS; Eaton Corp.

Karen Lynn is Manager of Corporate Sustainability for Environment Health and Safety at Eaton Corp., where she is responsible for developing strategies that improve the company's sustainability performance and communications. She actively supports development of environmentally sound product development, life cycle assessment, green marketing strategies, and stakeholder engagement processes.

Until recently Ms. Lynn also served as the Eaton Vehicle Group's EHS Manager, supporting MESH program deployment at all Vehicle facilities globally. She was also responsible for managing the Group ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, and for driving continuous improvement in EH&S programs. Before joining Eaton in 2007, she worked with International Paper for 14 years in a variety of EH&S positions and as a Manager of Sustainability Programs.

Ms. Lynn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University, and her master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University in North Carolina.

Frank Marino, Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager; Raytheon Corp.

Frank Marino is a Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at Raytheon Corp., where he works on a variety of EHS challenges including auditing, corporate social responsibility reporting, sustainability, injury prevention and supplier partnerships.

He has more than 25 years of experience in industrial EHS management, including the manufacture of computers, appliances, military hardware and aircraft. He has performed EHS audits of numerous company operations worldwide.

A graduate of the Universities of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Mr. Marino holds a master's degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Tony Shea, Senior Manager of Environmental Business; NRG Energy Inc.

Tony Shea is Senior Manager for Environmental Business at NRG Energy Inc., where he manages environmental compliance programs for NRG's fleet of fossil-fueled and renewable power generation facilities, including policies and procedures, performance metrics and audits. Mr. Shea has more than 16 years of experience in environmental compliance and the power generation industry.

Prior to joining NRG in 2006, he managed environmental issues during the development of power generation facilities around the world at ABB Energy Ventures and worked as an environmental consultant with ENVIRON International Corporation.

Gretchen Hancock, Programs Manager for Corporate Environmental Programs; General Electric Co.

Gretchen Hancock is Programs Manager for Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric Co. In this capacity, she manages GE's EHS professional development and training activities; oversees compliance assurance and management system auditing; and manages the company's energy use reduction program as part of ecomagination.
From 1999 until 2006, Ms. Hancock served as global environmental program manager for GE Aviation"s Engine Services business, where led reporting compliance and provided hands-on assistance at facilities worldwide on issues such as aircraft engine test cell permitting; implementation of hazardous materials transportation security rules; and compliance around complex chemical reporting regulations.

Prior to joining GE, she was a senior compliance auditor at Environmental Strategies Corporation (now a part of WSP). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Dickinson College.

Dawn Krueger, Environmental Compliance Assurance Manager; 3M Co.

Dawn Krueger has worked in the corporate Environmental Operations group of 3M for 18 years. Her current title is Environmental Compliance Assurance Manager, a member of the team responsible for tracking, influencing, and implementing environmental regulations and compliance management for all U.S. operations. She also manages 3M's global environmental auditing program.

She is a Qualified Environmental Professional and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Megan Lum, Manager for Shared Facilities and Environmental Operations; Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Megan Lum, P.E. is currently the Manager for Shared Facilities and Environmental Operations, at Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In this capacity she is privileged to lead a team of about 30 professionals, who provide environmental compliance support for the company's gas and electric distribution, fleet, materials management and real estate operations. In this position she is continually learning about the various aspects of management of change.

Ms. Lum is a registered professional engineer and was one of the original ISO 14001-certified auditors. She is a member of NAEM's Board of Regents and is also a Senior Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers, for which she has served on the Board of Directors and is currently active in their public policy committee. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in chemical engineering from the University of Windsor and an Executive MBA from the University of Washington.

Tim Finley, EHS Risk Analysis Director; The Boeing Co.

Tom Finley is the Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Risk Analysis at The Boeing Co. He joined Boeing in 2008 to lead the EHS Assessments for the organization. For six months of his current position, Mr. Finley was on temporary assignment as EHS Director for Boeing Australia.

Prior to joining Boeing, he worked for 15 years at Alcatel-Lucent, which spun off from AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1996. During his tenure with Alcatel-Lucent, he was manager of EHS in the company's Services Business Unit. Some of his major projects included: coordination of divestiture EHS-related activities, achieving OSHA Voluntary Protection Program certification at company and at Bell Laboratories" world headquarters, EHS coordination of the overall company response to the World Trade Center disaster, and managing the Business Continuity program for the company's Services business unit.

He previously worked as an industrial hygienist at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Mr. Finley has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

Majo Thurman, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.

Majo Thurman is the Director Environmental, Health and Safety for Rockwell Automation Inc., where she is responsible for overseeing environmental and safety management systems, performance and global compliance. The company's headquarters provides leadership, strategy and technical resources to drive continual improvement of the organization's EHS performance; it conducts compliance audits globally as a branch of Rockwell's legal department to ensure compliance.

Ms. Thurman began her career with Rockwell Automation as an environmental engineer supporting the Milwaukee manufacturing location. In 1996, she was among the initial team that created the headquarters environmental and safety organization and has held positions of increasing responsibility within HQ environmental and safety. She has a strong background in management systems and has been instrumental in achieving and maintaining certification to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Additionally, she is the project lead for producing the Rockwell Automation Corporate Responsibility Report (

Ms. Thurman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Brian Burnikel, Senior Manager, Performance Management; The Boeing Co.

Brian Burnikel is a Senior Manager in Boeing's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) organization, where he leads the implementation of common systems, processes and tools for various environmental areas across the company. He is also responsible for the daily management of Boeing Co.'s "4-walls" environmental performance targets, as well as external data collection and reporting such as hazardous waste generation and disposal, greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous materials inventory and material safety data sheets.
Mr. Burnikel has managed EHS Programs for the 737 Airplane Program and was responsible for the integration of EHS processes and requirements into the 737 moving line production system. He joined the company in 1997 and has worked in various capacities outside of EHS, including Industrial Engineering and as First Line Supervisor in Manufacturing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Idaho, and a Master of Science degree in Technical Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also a Certified Professional in Disability Management, a certified Accelerated Improvement Workshop (AIW) Facilitator and a green belt in Six Sigma.

Jeff Campbell, Director of Manufacturing; AMCOL International Corp.

Jeff Campbell is the Director of Manufacturing for AMCOL International's Global Minerals & Materials, where he manages the company's global facilities to meet diverse markets. He has the added responsibility of overseeing AMCOL's global EHS efforts and the drive to an injury-free workplace.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Campbell was a Plant Manager and Operations Director in the BFGoodrich and Amoco Chemical organizations and Chief Operating Officer of Lion Copolymer. He is also a past Board Member of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) and past Vice Chairman of the Louisville Chemistry Partnership.
He has Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Michael Haro, Manager of Environmental Resources; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Michael Haro is Manager of Environment, Safety & Health (ESH) at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. in Palmdale, Calif. He has more than 32 years of experience creating sustainable, cost-effective ESH programs designed to reduce risks and add business value for TRW, General Dynamics, Allied-Signal and Lockheed Martin.

Since January 2010, Mr. Haro has led Lockheed Martin's strategic directive to integrate ESH into the company's business life cycle for the Aeronautics Business Area. He is also leading the "Go Green" program to reduce carbon, water and waste-to-landfill footprint through a number of innovative source and energy reduction projects. From the company's 2007 baseline, waste-to-landfill, water use and carbon footprint have been reduced 39 percent, 19 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

He also is the author of numerous publications on pollution prevention, hazardous waste management and air pollution control. During his tenure at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Haro's environmental program has earned several awards, including two U.S. EPA Environmental Excellence Awards, the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, and a U.S. EPA Performance Track Program Outreach Award.

Mr. Haro has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Occupational Health from California State University Northridge.

Bob Genau, Corporate Safety, Health and Environment Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions Processes; DuPont

Bob Genau is the Corporate Safety, Health and Environment Manager for Mergers and Acquisitions for DuPont. During his 20-year career with the company, he has worked in all aspects of environmental remediation. In his current role, Mr. Genau works with leaders from across departments to manage due diligence and mergers and acquisitions transactions so that they protect people and the environment, while supporting compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master's degree in Geology from the University of Delaware. Mr. Genau is a Registered Professional Geologist.

Scott Lawson, Director of ESH; ITT Electronic Systems

Environment, Safety and Health Director for ITT Corp."s Electronic Systems, Scott Lawson is responsible for a staff of 37 full and part-time ESH personnel and for locations throughout the United States, European Union, Middle East, and Asia. Mr. Lawson has been in the ESH field since 1991, with experience in the areas of insurance loss control and risk management; consulting; and the defense industry.

He has been published in the ASSE's Professional Safety magazine and is a contributing author to "The Ergonomics Casebook: Real World Solutions." He also served as past President of the Anthony Wayne chapter of ASSE and is currently the Secretary-elect for the AIHA Management Committee.

Mr. Lawson received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his master's degree from Indiana State University in Occupational Safety and Health Management. He has successfully completed the ITT Greenbelt program.

Benjamin White, Regional Manager of Environment, Safety, Health and Security; ITT Water and Wastewater

Benjamin White provides ESH&S leadership and support to the Eastern U.S. region of ITT Corp.'s Water and Wastewater division, which includes 15 service workshops and repair facilities. His responsibilities include corporate auditing, due diligence and environmental management activities for property transactions.

Additionally, Mr. White is involved in the Department of Transportation compliance program for a fleet of more than 250 company vehicles and service trucks. He works closely with the various business units to identify, evaluate and coordinate strategic opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, protect people and support public policy and regulatory strategies.

Prior to joining the company in 2007, Mr. White was the EHS and Human Resources Manager for another ITT division with responsibility for seven different operations worldwide that manufactured valves and process flow control components for the industrial, nuclear and biopharmaceutical market.

He has bachelor's degrees in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Joe Jansen, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety; Covidien Inc.

Joe Jansen is Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety for Covidien Inc. He has 30 years of experience in EHS program implementation in public and private industry sectors, including five years in environmental engineering for a regulatory agency. He also worked for 10 years in multi-discipline team leadership of full-spectrum EHS teams at a large aerospace manufacturing firm and for 15 years, as EHS program Director and Vice President supporting large pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing.

Judy Wilson, Chief of the Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources Management; U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

Judy Wilson has been with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs for three years, where she oversees the Environmental Compliance and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) programs for the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs (ASIA) and Bureaus of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Education (BIE).

She co-chairs the U.S. Department of Interior's Sustainability Council Technical Working Group on Environmental Compliance and EMS, and developed an environmental compliance audit performance indicator tool, which will be tested across the department this year. Before joining the BIA, Ms. Wilson spent 20 years as a marine biologist and environmental management and compliance specialist at the Department's Minerals Management Service, overseeing threatened and endangered species research, protection and mitigation related to offshore energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

Ms. Wilson has a M.S. in Marine Biology and has completed all-but-the-dissertation for a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy.

Tim Haney, Director of Environmental and Hazardous Materials; Apex Tool Group

Tim Haney serves as the Regional EHS Manager for Apex Tool Group, where he is responsible for North and South America, Colombia and Australia. In this capacity he manages talent development for facilities, compliance, risk management and capital projects for the largest tool-maker in the world.

With more than fifteen years experience within the EHS field Mr. Haney has worked in the rubber, aluminum, magnesium and steel industries in progressing roles.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Arkansas Tech University and serves on the Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) Regulatory Science Program.


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The 2011 EHS Management Forum was presented with special support from:

Platinum Sponsors

Antea BNA CDM Enablon IHS ProcessMAP Shaw

Gold Sponsors

AECOM Techonology Corp. - Bureau Veritas North America Inc. - CpM HILL Inc. - CHWMEG Inc. - Dakota Software - E2 Managetech Inc. - Humantech Inc. - ICF International Inc. - Intelex - KM Innovations - Puresafety - Perillon Software Inc. - Northstar Recycling Group - SAP AG - Veolia Environmental S.A. -

See the full list of the 2011 EHS Management Forum's sponsors here.

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