NEW YORK (April 22, 2013) – RIMS, the risk management society™, has announced the formation of its 81st and 82nd Chapters: RIMS Australasia Chapter headquartered in Melbourne and RIMS Peru Chapter in Lima. The announcement was made at RIMS 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles and their status as RIMS’ chapters is effective immediately.
RIMS now has more than 11,000 members, operating in over 60 countries. The Society’s 82 Chapters are located in the United States (68), Canada (10), Japan, Mexico, Australia and Peru. In addition to having chapters in these countries, in the past year, RIMS has actively participated in conferences and hosted professional development workshops in Dubai, Panama, Tokyo, Mexico City, Venezuela, Bermuda, as well as several cities in Europe.
“Most companies today have some level of foreign exposure requiring risk professionals to think globally when analyzing threats and opportunities,” said RIMS President John Phelps. “While risk programs differ from organization to organization, expanding RIMS’ global presence with new Chapters in these two countries makes it even easier for the Society to share its wealth of resources and knowledge while helping to establish a more uniformed approach to risk management.”
“More and more we’re finding that Boards around the world are realizing the importance of having strong risk management capabilities,” said RIMS Executive Director Mary Roth. “The Australasia region and the country of Peru have vibrant business communities that have already seen the responsibilities of their risk professionals increase. RIMS chapters will be a great resource to help them excel professionally and advance their organization’s risk programs.”
Eamonn Cunningham, President of RIMS Australasia Chapter said, “I have been a member of RIMS for more than 13 years and have benefited from its resources and participated in its conferences for even longer. I’m thrilled to be able to bring these invaluable opportunities to the Australasia region’s community of risk and insurance professionals.”
David Saettone, President of RIMS Peru Chapter, said, “With the fifth largest population in all of the Americas and one of the largest business districts in South America, Lima is an ideal destination for RIMS to establish its presence in South America. We’re excited to be able to provide this centralized location for local risk professionals to connect and share ideas.”
To learn more about RIMS’ chapters, visit www.RIMS.org/Chapters. For more information on how to become a member, visit www.RIMS.org/JoinToday.