NSC Board of Directors Welcomes New Chairman

Mark Vergnano, CEO and president of The Chemours Company, has been elected chairman of the National Safety Council's board of directors and took over on Sept. 24 as eight new members joined the board.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Mark Vergnano, CEO and president of The Chemours Company, has been elected chairman of the National Safety Council's board of directors, the council announced Sept. 24 here during its 2017 national conference. Vergnano succeds John Surma, retired chairman and CEO of the United States Steel Corporation, and took over as chairman on Sept. 24 following the council's annual board meeting at the NSC Congress & Expo.

The council also welcomed eight new members to serve two-year terms. They are Anas Al-Hamwi, senior director of Safety & Injury Management, Walgreens; Patrick Bass, CEO, thyssenkrupp North America; Laura Liddicoat, NSC/NHTSA Toxicology Fellow, Center for Forensic Science Research & Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Patrick K. Mullen, president and CEO, CB&I; Tim O'Toole, CEO, FirstGroup; Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd; Richard Sanders, corporate regulatory compliance manager, Quanta Services, Inc.; and Nick Stavropoulos, president & COO, Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

"In the last few years, the council has taken on exciting challenges and reached important milestones, and John Surma has been at the center of these advancements," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, the council's president and CEO. "During his tenure, we have been inspired to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime. We are grateful for his leadership and will benefit from his guidance for years to come."

Vergnano has been leading The Chemours Company for two years and previously spent more than 30 years with DuPont, where he began as a process engineer and rose to various manufacturing, technical, and business posts, including three years as group vice president of DuPont Safety & Protection.

"Fulfilling our mission of eliminating preventable deaths will be challenging, but in Mark, we have a thoughtful leader who has demonstrated his commitment to the goal of zero," Hersman said. "He truly understand that it will take all of us working together to keep each other safe in workplaces, homes and communities, and on the road."

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