Executive Director, NETS
Joe currently serves as the Executive Director of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), joining the organization in September 2016. Joe had previously served on the NETS Board of Directors representing Abbott since 2008 and served as NETS Board Chair in 2014 and 2015. As Executive Director, Joe is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s operations, marketing and communication services, including the annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® road safety benchmark survey. In addition, Joe leads efforts associated with a NETS-NHTSA Road Safety Cooperative Agreement and represents NETS on the UN Road Safety Collaboration, the principal steering committee for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 initiative.
Prior to assuming his role as NETS’ Executive Director, Joe spent more than 26-years in the private sector, within global healthcare company Abbott. During his time with Abbott, Joe held a variety of occupational health and safety positions 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 a participating member of the ANSI Z-15.1 Accredited Standards Committee on Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Fleet Operations and currently serves on the ANSI Z-15.3 Autonomous Vehicle Standards Committee. In addition to successfully leading Abbott’s worldwide fleet safety programs across 80+ countries, Joe led Abbott’s efforts to implement a comprehensive global cell phone ban across the company’s commercial business sector in 2013. Joe also championed Abbott’s wide-ranging initiatives to make road safety a component of its corporate social responsibility efforts through school-based road safety initiatives across India and helmet safety campaigns for children and families across Vietnam.
Joe holds a BSE in Occupational Health & Safety from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in professional practice.