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RIMS Announces Hot Topics to be Explored at RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition 2/5/2009

New sessions help risk professionals address impact of financial crisis

NEW YORK (February 5, 2009) — The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) announced its "Hot Topic" sessions to be presented at RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition on April 19 - 23 in Orlando. Hot Topic sessions include:

  • Navigating the Financial Tsunami will lead attendees through recommendations to help their organizations prepare for economic recovery.
  • Five Questions to Ask Before Switching Insurance Companies will help attendees examine the effectiveness of their insurance portfolios.
  • Insurance Coverage for Subprime Mortgage Lawsuits will educate attendees on how to defend their organizations against mortgage litigation.
  • D&O Insurance During the Economic Crisis will show attendees how to stay a step ahead of the economic crisis.

"The financial industry fallout of 2008 has forced companies to rethink the importance of risk management as a strategic element of their business plans," says Mary Roth, RIMS executive director. "RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition provides an unmatched forum for the risk community to discuss strategies for assessing and managing risk in today's turbulent economy."

In addition to the Hot Topic sessions, the conference boasts more than 400 industry experts who will lead 120 sessions on a variety of topics such as captives, claims management, disaster recovery, ERM, finance, globalization, legislation and regulatory issues, loss control and other critical risk management issues.

The conference also features keynote presentations from some of the world's authorities on leadership and change. During the General Session, leadership consultant Dr. Dennis N.T. Perkins, author of "Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition," will present his 10 strategies for success based on effective leadership in demanding environments. Harvard Business School professor John Kotter, change consultant and author of "Leading Change," will share the secrets to aligning business goals and embracing effective change management. Financial journalist Roger Lowenstein, author of "When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management," will discuss the downfall of the U.S. hedge fund company Long-Term Capital Management and the issues facing the current global credit crisis.

RIMS 2009 will offer Strategic Partner Sessions from the nation's leading insurers and brokers covering topics that address the needs and concerns of the risk management and insurance community. Sessions will be conducted by AIG, Aon, FM Global, Marsh, Willis and Zurich Financial Services.

The registration deadline for the Early Bird discount is February 20. RIMS members also receive discounts on the conference. More information on RIMS 2009 Annual Conference & Exhibition, travel arrangements and registration are available at

Interested in covering RIMS 2009 for your publication?
Accredited press may obtain a press pass by contacting Felicia Messimer, RIMS communications associate, at or (212) 655-6059. Visit for more information.

About RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition
Launched in 1963, RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition attracts some 10,000 risk and insurance professionals at all experience levels, business executives with risk management interests, brokers, insurers and service providers for the ultimate educational and networking experience. The five-day event offers more than 120 educational sessions, keynote presentations, special events and an expansive Exhibit Hall. After Orlando, the event will be hosted in Boston in 2010 and Vancouver in 2011. For more information, visit

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About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to educating, engaging and advocating for the global risk community, RIMS, the risk management society™, is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 corporate, industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. RIMS has a membership of approximately 11,000 risk practitioners who are located in more than 60 countries. For more information about the Society’s world-leading risk management content, networking, professional development and certification opportunities, visit

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For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, RIMS communications manager, (212) 655-6059 or



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