Institute of Risk Management names Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM as incoming chair of the Board

Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM

Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) has announced that Socrates Coudounaris CFIRM will step up from his position of deputy chair of the organisation’s Board when current chair Nicola Crawford CFIRM steps down in early May. Coudounaris is the executive director of risk for the EMEA region at the Reinsurance Group of America.

Crawford is stepping down to pursue business opportunities having devoted a considerable amount of her professional time to the Institute with a hugely positive impact.

“It’s with significant regret that I’m stepping down as the IRM’s chair,” explained Crawford in conversation with Risk UK. “I have enjoyed the role and will continue to remain involved with the IRM when it comes to supporting various initiatives, as well as being an advisory member of the Enterprise Risk Management in Banking and Financial Services Special Interest Group and the IRM Turkey Regional Group.”

Coudounaris and Crawford are currently working through their transition plan to ensure that there’s a smooth handover period.

Dedication and contribution

Nicola Crawford CFIRM

Nicola Crawford CFIRM

On behalf of the IRM’s Board and senior management team, Coudounaris has thanked Crawford for her “dedication and contribution” to the organisation and now looks forward to taking on the important role of chair.

An independent, not-for-profit organisation that champions excellence in managing risk to improve organisational performance, the IRM is the leading international professional body for risk management. The IRM provides internationally-recognised qualifications and training, publishing research and guidance for practising professionals while continually raising professional standards across the world.

The organisation’s 6,500 members work in all industries, in all risk disciplines and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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