Dr. Burke to Become Chemical Industry Practice Leader at FACTOR, INC.

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Building strong leadership to meet industry needs, FACTOR hires Burke, former Global Expertise Director at Dow Chemical

Dr. Burke’s extensive experience and deep expertise in designing transportation risk management programs will further expand our service offerings for chemical distribution clients.

FACTOR, INC., a leader in solving challenging risk management problems, announced the addition of Dr. Cherry Burke as Chemical Industry Practice Leader effective October 17, 2016.

“I’m honored to be able to leverage my experience, and my passion for risk management, to further the mission of FACTOR,” Burke said. “The solutions that FACTOR has developed to facilitate sound, risk-based decision making across multiple industry sectors are very impressive. As FACTOR’s Chemical Industry Practice Leader, I’m excited to continue contributing to this critical field of safety and security excellence in the transportation and handling of hazardous materials.”

Dr. Burke brings more than 33 years of experience in chemical industry risk assessment and risk management to the team. She is joining FACTOR following her retirement from The Dow Chemical Company, where she served as Global Expertise Director, Supply Chain Safety, Security, Risk Management, and Sustainability. Prior positions included Global Transportation Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management Director (Dow Supply Chain) and as Senior Internal Consultant, Distribution Safety and Risk Management for E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company.

Dr. Burke led Dow in realizing record-setting transportation safety performance and risk reduction goals; championed initiatives to implement risk reduction strategies; and consulted on transportation safety and security risk management including carrier assessment and selection, routing, packaging design, storage and handling, and emergency preparedness and response. She has been active in chemical industry emergency response and crisis management in her roles at Dow and DuPont, including involvement in TRANSCAER®, CHEMTREC®, and mutual aid programs.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Burke joining the FACTOR team,” said John Minor, President & CEO. “Dr. Burke’s extensive experience and deep expertise in designing transportation risk management programs will further expand our service offerings for chemical distribution clients.”

Dr. Burke has chaired the Technical Oversight Panel for the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board’s Hazardous Material Cooperative Research Program from its inception and served on the American Chemistry Council’s Distribution Committee. She holds a PhD in Epidemiologic Science and an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

For more information, please contact Mark Lepofsky at 615-321-4848, email info(at)EssentialFactor(dot)com or visit the FACTOR website at http://www.EssentialFactor.com.

FACTOR, INC. is a specialized firm that delivers essential expertise to its clients enabling them to better manage the risks inherent in their operations. FACTOR applies advanced methodologies, technology, and data analysis to support risk-based decision-making and ensures safe operations for our clients. Formerly named Visual Risk Technologies, FACTOR has been solving challenging risk management problems in the transportation, energy, chemical, and public sectors since 1997.

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