The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), the public-private partnership dedicated exclusively to reducing traffic crashes both on and off the job, has announced the selection of Joseph L. McKillips as its new executive director.
McKillips will fill the vacancy created by Jack Hanley’s retirement from the role he held since 2008. The selection was made following a nationwide search. McKillips has been a NETS Board of Directors member representing Abbott since 2008 and served as the NETS Board Chair for 2014 and 2015.
“On behalf of the NETS Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce this appointment,” said Dane Bremer, Director of Employee Safety and Global Business Continuity for Liberty Mutual, and NETS Board Chairperson. “Joe’s background and passion for road safety, as well as his long history with NETS as a corporate member, partner and leader make him a great fit for the position of NETS’ Executive Director.”
McKillips comes to NETS with more than 26 years of occupational health and safety experience across Abbott’s manufacturing, R&D and commercial business sectors with emphasis in the areas of process safety, loss prevention and global road safety. He was also a participating member of the ANSI/ASSE Z-15.1 Accredited Standards Committee on Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Fleet Operations. In addition to successfully leading the organization’s fleet safety programs, Joe led Abbott’s efforts to implement a comprehensive cell phone ban while driving in 2013. He also championed Abbott’s initiative to make road safety a component of its corporate social responsibility program through school-based road safety initiatives across India and helmet safety campaigns for children and families across Vietnam.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to lead NETS at this time and I am eager to continue my work with the many talented road safety professionals affiliated with the NETS organization. I look forward to building upon the foundation established by outgoing Executive Director, Jack Hanley, as we strive to further develop programs and services to reach employers across the U.S. and internationally.” said McKillips.
As Executive Director, McKillips will work closely with the NETS Board of Directors to implement the strategic direction of the organization by growing the benchmark program and adding to NETS’ portfolio of road safety resources. McKillips will officially begin his new post on September 23, 2016.
For more information on NETS, visit http://trafficsafety.org/.