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Rand McNally Appointed to ASSE Board as Its First Public Director


Park Ridge, Illinois (Oct. 20, 2015) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is proud to announce the appointment of Rand McNally as the Board of Directors’ first Public Director.

In this newly-created volunteer role, McNally will provide more than forty years of multi-company chief executive officer and independent board director experience to ASSE. In 2014, the ASSE Board was restructured to include a public director who could offer an outside perspective on strategic issues and insight on elevating the safety profession and positioning safety professionals as valued business partners in setting organizational policy and strategy.

After a lengthy search, ASSE Board President-Elect Tom Cecich said it was clear McNally had the business acumen the board was seeking. "Rand’s background and experience will help us achieve our goals,” he said. “He will bring a broad management perspective that the ASSE Board has never had before.”

“I jumped at the opportunity to join the ASSE Board in this capacity,” said McNally, a principal of Mequon, Wisconsin-based McNally & Associates, Ltd., a management consulting firm. “These board members are committed to raising the profile of the safety profession and occupational safety and health professionals at the senior management level. I can help them navigate that path by sharing how business leaders think, prioritize and make decisions; and how safety fits into that equation.”     

According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), employers expect to hire more than 25,000 OSH professionals in the coming years, needing to fill an average of just over 5,000 positions per year.  Considering the average base salary for a full-time safety professional is $98,000 – an OSH degree or certification is something college students searching for a professional calling or adults looking to change careers should explore.

The ASSE Board wants to help attract more candidates to the OSH profession and position ASSE internally to maximize its resources by helping its 37,000 members with the tools they need to succeed.

 “I’m excited that Rand will be joining ASSE’s Board of Directors,” said ASSE President Michael Belcher. “With a solid background in executive management, Rand brings a fresh, new perspective to the Board and will help us stay focused on achieving our mission.”

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Founded in 1911, the Park Ridge, Illinois-based ASSE has more than 37,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members from around the globe who lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to    


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