Institute of Risk Management appoints new global ambassador for USA

Linda Conrad

Linda Conrad

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) has just announced a new global ambassador for the USA focusing on the East Coast states. Linda Conrad SIRM is principal of corporate and information security risk management at the Exelon Corporation having previously served as the director of strategic business risk for the Zurich Insurance Group. The IRM’s network of global ambassadors supports the international work of the Institute.

Conrad holds a ‘Technical Specialist’ designation from the IRM and has served on its Education Advisory Board. She was a deputy member of the ERM Committee of the RIMS, served on the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council and was chair of the Asian Risk Management Conference. Conrad also worked on the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report.

Conrad chaired a project to deliver a ground-breaking cyber security portal with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, where she’s an Adjunct Professor at the RH Smith School of Business.

Conrad also taught at the University of Delaware Captive programme and on the Supply Chain Management Masters programme at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she also served on the Corporate Advisory Council. Conrad herself studied at the Dickinson College, the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Fox Business School.

Speaking about her appointment, Conrad told Risk Xtra: “It’s a pleasure and an honour to be part of the global ambassador’s network for the IRM. I look forward to working further with my fellow IRM colleagues and members and to helping people across the USA find out about and benefit from the services that the IRM provides. For example, the IRM has recently seen enormous interest in the US around online training in cyber risk management and its new Digital Risk Management Certificate.”

Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM, chairman of the IRM, added: “This is an exciting development for the IRM to be able to reach out to members who are experts in their field and leverage their expertise in home markets. Linda is now one of several global ambassadors representing the IRM and we’re delighted to have her on board, especially so given her industry knowledge and expertise. We’ve had growing interest in the IRM’s training and qualifications from the US in recent years, and in particular following the launch of our Digital Risk Management Certificate. Linda’s appointment will help us to further raise awareness in the US of what IRM’s global approach has to offer.”

Through its partnership with Pearson Vue, the IRM has recently expanded the number of locations where IRM examinations can be taken globally to over 5,000 (with 1,800 of those being in the US.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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