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Step 2: Select a Strong Leader to Drive the ERM Initiative

Finding a leader to head the initial ERM project is also critical for success. BOD should identify a leader with the right attributes to head the ERM effort. This person does not need to be a “CRO” (Chief Risk Officer).

Often, it is best to initially use existing resources, for example the Chief Audit Executive or Chief Financial Officer, for this role to get ERM started. This leader will not necessarily be the person to head ERM in long term, but the person to get the initiative started and to take responsibility for moving the organization’s ERM activities to the next level.

It is critical that the risk leader have sufficient stature and be at an appropriate senior management level in the organization to have a rich strategic perspective of the organization and its risks and to be viewed as a peer by other members of senior management. Embedding ERM into the business fabric of the organization is necessary. Having a risk leader who can be viewed as a peer by members of senior management is vital for the success of the ERM initiative.