Vienna, Va.—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 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, not only across the U.S. but internationally, as well,” 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.
NETS is a 501(c) 3 employer-led organization, a partnership between the U.S. federal government and the private sector. NETS’ mission is to reduce road-related collisions, injuries, deaths and costs. Established in 1989, NETS’ programs and services are dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities where they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on-and-off the job. NETS is committed to outreach—providing road safety materials electronically and free of charge. Board member companies include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Hess Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum Company B.V. and UPS. In addition, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) serve as federal liaisons to the board of directors.