The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) announced that Roy E. Wright has been selected as the next president and chief executive officer of the organization, succeeding Julie Rochman who is retiring after more than 10 years at the helm.
Wright joins IBHS from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he most recently led the agency’s resilience, risk management, risk reduction, and flood insurance programs. Wright served as chief executive for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and led the reinsurance and risk transfer program that helped financially support the NFIP in the context of 2017’s record breaking storms.
The non-profit IBHS is dedicated to researching and promoting effective strategies to strengthen homes and businesses against a variety of natural hazards. IBHS is wholly supported by the property insurance industry.
Wright is expected to assume his new roles on April 25. He will be based at the IBHS Research Center in Chester County, South Carolina.
A California native, Wright has a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University.
“After conducting an exhaustive nationwide search, we are confident that Roy has the right blend of experience, vision, and leadership skills to accelerate IBHS’ progress toward tangibly reducing the terrible losses Mother Nature inflicts each year with wind, hail, wildfire and other perils,” said Eric Nelson, senior vice president for CAT Strategy & Analysis at The Travelers Companies, Inc., and IBHS vice chairman. Nelson led the IBHS CEO search committee.
“IBHS has only begun to realize its full, incredible potential as an organization and dynamic force for positive change, and I am honored to take the helm,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with IBHS members and the institute’s highly talented leadership team and staff. We will continue to prove the value of resilience and encourage home and business owners to take steps large or small to reduce disaster response and recovery expenditures. Whether those costs are borne by homeowners, business owners, insurers, or a government agency at some level, we all benefit by favorably bending the cost curve and keeping the fabric of lives, commerce and society intact.”
Since joining IBHS as president and CEO in late 2007, Rochman has re-oriented and grown the organization. Under her leadership, IBHS has gained new insights into structural vulnerabilities – particularly involving roofing systems – and provided information about how to strengthen both new and existing buildings.
In addition, Rochman spearheaded creation of IBHS’ one-of-a-kind research facility in South Carolina, which is capable of simulating hurricanes and wind storms, hail storms, wildfire ember storms, and wind-driven rain to test the strength and durability of full-scale residential and commercial building systems and materials.
IBHS is supported by the property/casualty insurance industry. Its board of directors includes representatives from leading insurers including Travelers, Nationwide, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Swiss Re, General Re, USAA and others.
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