Riskonnect Webinar

Making the Connections – Using Technology to Advance ERM


Special Guests:


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

10:00 am EDT

3:00 pm British Summer Time

Technology evolves rapidly, as does ERM – typically, ERM starts slowly but as it evolves into an established, repeatable process, the need to gather, record and report data can become burdensome, with risk managers becoming spreadsheet jockeys, rather than communicating with stakeholders about relevant risk information. Added to this burden, the need to keep an effective audit trail of what decisions have been made about risk, by whom and when and what action was taken, often takes on a life of its own.

Meet the Panel:

Michael-LucasMichael Lucas is Group Head of Risk and Compliance for Wolseley plc, a FTSE 50 company with annual revenues of £13bn and operations in North America and Europe.  At Wolseley, Michael’s role involves the leadership and direction of risk management, compliance and sustainability across the Group, including the implementation of the Group’s enterprise risk management, environmental, health and safety, product quality, anti-bribery, anti-fraud and insurance programmes.

Michael previously worked at KPMG and Deloitte within their London-based Risk and Sustainability teams.  He has worked on the design, implementation and review of governance, risk management and internal control frameworks in the industrial, financial services and energy sectors in the UK, Europe, Russia and the Middle East.   Michael began his career with Marsh McLennan, developing risk finance and transfer programmes for energy companies in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Michael has been a Lead Examiner for the UK Institute of Risk Management and has delivered presentations and training sessions on risk management and governance.  He has written articles for a number of publications, including the UK’s ‘Public Finance’ magazine, and the IRM’s ‘Managing Business Risk’ handbook.

Sam DiRaimoSam DiRaimo is the Qualitative Risk Manager for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Lifetime Healthcare Companies is a family of companies that provide health coverage and health care services to more than 1.6 million people. The $6 billion nonprofit company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs nearly 6,000 workers throughout Upstate New York through nationally recognized businesses.

Sam’s core activities involve assisting the CRO with the implementation of the organization’s ERM program, and ORSA initiative and regulatory reporting, and providing on-going support of the Company’s risk strategy, and tracking and monitoring the organization’s risks.

Sam joined Lifetime Health in September 2000 as the manager of internal audit. Later he became the manager of the controls office for 6 years. He transitioned to his risk management role in June 2013. Sam has a BS in Accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo and he is a Certified Internal Auditor

Russell McguireRussell McGuire joined Riskonnect in January 2012 as Director, Enterprise Risk Services. Russell is a proven leader in the insurance and risk management field, with more than 25 years experience. He was  a member of the Technology Advisory Council  of Risk and Insurance Management Society and served on the ERM Committee at RIMS for 3 years. His certifications include ARM, ALCM, CGRCP,  FANZIF, DipBS, and FIRM.  Russell came to Riskonnect from Milliman, Inc., as a Senior Consultant and Product Manager, where he evaluated and designed Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) tools to support Enterprise Risk Management processes for clients. He worked with consultants in France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Great Britain. He developed ERM frameworks and provided consultation to clients on implementing ERM processes. He has also held positions at Alliance Data Systems, Risk Labs and Tillinghast-Towers Perrin.

Kelly BartonKelly Barton, Vice President, Operations, leads Riskonnect’s operations, marketing and communications efforts. She has 20 years of experience building and managing marketing and communications for rapidly growing entrepreneurial and publicly traded companies. She leads a dedicated team, focused on maintaining high standards of innovation and client satisfaction. She provides high-level organizational leadership, sets new standards and improves operational policies and procedures. Her specialties include product expansion and roll-out, utilization of cutting-edge technology to market and grow companies, website development, SEO and demand and lead generation programs to name a few.

Previously, Barton was Vice President of Communications and Product Marketing at Metro Networks, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Westwood One, Inc. Westwood One is the largest provider of audio content in the United States. Barton has also advised other entrepreneurial start-ups including Nihon Traffic Network in Tokyo, Japan and Australian Traffic Network in Sydney, Australia. Barton’s expertise in raising capital and program development for not-for-profit organizations has become a model for other not-for-profit groups nationwide. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Berry College.