CSB Chief Appoints Managing Director

Dr. Daniel Horowitz, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's director of congressional, public, and board affairs, got the promotion and unanimous approval from the board's members.

Dr. Daniel Horowitz, managing director of the U.S. Chemical Safety BoardThe busy U.S. Chemical Safety Board now has a managing director for the first time. CSB Chairperson and CEO Rafael Moure-Eraso on Thursday announced he has appointed Dr. Daniel Horowitz, the board's director of congressional, public, and board affairs, to the post. The board's five members voted unanimous approval. The board's news release described this as "a major realignment of the agency's internal organization, including creation of a new position of managing director who will report to the chair and will oversee all aspects of CSB operations, including investigations, studies, recommendations, incident selection, Congressional and public affairs, financial operations, human resources, information technology, and administration."

CSB has been operating for only a dozen years, opening its doors in January 1998. It functions like the National Transportation Safety Board, independently investigating chemical safety accidents and making recommendations to parties involved. It can persuade but cannot compel recipients of its recommendations to adopt them.

Moure-Eraso said, "I believe this new organization will result in moving our agency to an even higher level of performance and commitment to our mission. Dr. Horowitz has worked tirelessly since he joined the CSB in 2000 to help position the agency as an internationally known force for chemical process safety. He has been instrumental in the CSB's earning the respect of chemical industry managers, labor organizations, community groups, members of Congress, local officials and the public. His development and expansion of the CSB safety video program has broadened the effectiveness of CSB reports and recommendations beyond all expectations. The videos have garnered awards and brought renewed authority and respect for the CSB's work. Under his direction, CSB media and public affairs work has proved highly effective not only in this country, but abroad as well. His imagination, intellect, experience, and leadership all these years make him the ideal and natural appointment to this new, important position."

Horowitz joined CSB staff in May 2000. He has a doctorate in organic chemistry from the Cambridge University, a master's degree in biophysical chemistry from Stanford, and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Harvard.

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