National Safety Council appoints new president & CEO

National Safety Council appoints new president & CEO

Lorraine Martin has been named the new president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC).

The current co-founder of the nonprofit Pegasus Springs Foundation will join NSC on June 3 at its headquarters in Itasca, IL, in suburban Chicago.

“Lorraine has more than 30 years’ experience leading and developing successful global and international businesses,” said NSC Chairman Mark Vergnano. “She has a successful track record of working in both civic and corporate roles, which makes her a natural fit for the Council – an organization that offers a suite of products, training services and advocacy resources with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths.”

As co-founder and current president of the Pegasus Springs Foundation, Martin has focused on providing opportunities for educators, students and community members to collaborate on learning models. She is an enthusiastic advocate for school, community and national resource engagement.

Martin is actively involved and passionately dedicated to social impact and global change endeavors promoting diversity, inclusion and equality. As a champion for advancing women and girls in STEM, she was recently named among STEMConnector’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders, and she frequently lectures on core issues related to the cause.

Over her career, she has led global aircraft and complex system development and manufacturing, always with a focus on safety for the employees and for those who used the products, often in high consequence environments. Among her top achievements, Martin led the largest defense program, F-35 Lightning II, a stealth fighter aircraft.

“Saving lives and preventing needless injuries is a noble mission and one I was drawn to immediately,” Martin said. “I am deeply passionate and committed to keeping people safe wherever they are and I will bring that commitment to NSC as we work to eliminate all preventable deaths.”

The NSC board partnered with Koya Leadership Partners, the executive recruiting firm that specializes in mission-driven searches, on the comprehensive national search that resulted in Martin’s recruitment. 

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