New York, NY – RIMS recently announced Gary LaBranche, FASAE, CAE as the Society’s new Chief Executive Officer. LaBranche will succeed longstanding RIMS CEO Mary Roth who announced her retirement in late-2021 after 37 years of service with RIMS. LaBranche will assume his new role on June 1, 2022.
Since March 2017, Gary LaBranche has served as President & CEO of Virginia-based NIRI: The Association for Investor Relations. NIRI’s members represent 1,600 publicly- traded companies with a combined market cap of $9 trillion.
Previously, LaBranche has served as CEO for the Association for Corporate Growth, the Association Forum of Chicagoland and two other organizations. In addition, he was a senior executive at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the Forum and ASAE he was responsible for identifying, developing, and sharing best practices, models, and innovation in association management. At ASAE he produced the 6,000-person ASAE Annual Meeting.
ASAE named him the Key Award winner for 2007, the highest award in the association management profession. He was also named the 2012 National Association Executive of the Year. The Association Forum named him the 2019 recipient of the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Executive Achievement. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100 and is past chairman of the Chamber’s Institute of Organization Management. He was named an ASAE Fellow (FASAE) in 1995.
A graduate of The Ohio State University and resident of Evanston, Illinois, LaBranche has authored more than 300 articles, podcasts and columns, as well as the book, “The Association CEO Succession Toolkit” published by ASAE in 2018. Additionally, he has consulted and presented to over 300 associations.
“Risk management makes the world safer, more secure and more sustainable,” said RIMS newly appointed CEO Gary LaBranche. “I am honored to be asked to help advance that important work and pave the way for this dynamic professional community’s continued success. I appreciate all that Mary Roth and the RIMS team have accomplished and look forward to partnering with RIMS leaders and this Society’s powerful and engaged community to continue that legacy.”