The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) has elected Rick Roberts as president for the 2015 term, effective Jan. 1. Roberts is the director of risk management and employee benefits for aerospace and defense company Ensign-Bickford Industries.

Roberts has been a member of RIMS for 25 years and on its board of directors for seven years. Previously, he served as vice president and board liaison to RIMS external affairs committee. He also is a member of RIMS Connecticut Valley Chapter, where he served as the chapter’s president from 1997 to 1998.

“No two days as a risk professional are ever the same," Roberts said. “Current events, new technologies and global initiatives continue to keep risk professionals searching for the latest industry information and best practices."

"With a focus on the Society’s long-term strategy, we will continue to strengthen our networks, enhancing our ability to deliver thought-leading content to the global risk management community," Roberts added.

Joining Roberts as officers on the RIMS 2015 board of directors are vice president, Julie Pemberton, director of enterprise risk and insurance management of Outerwall; treasurer, Robert Cartwright, safety and health manager of Bridgestone Retail Operations; and corporate secretary, Jennifer Santiago, director of Insurance for Novartis.

Robert Zhang, China risk and compliance manager of IKEA (China) Investment is a newly elected member of the board.