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What makes truly exceptional risk managers successful? One feature: they know how to think like businesspeople and understand a business’ needs. Most importantly, the “go-to” risk manager is considered part of the executive team. The premium that upper management puts on a risk manager’s services can make or break a career.

“Go-to” generally refers to a risk manager with whom corporate business executives want to work, one they can turn to with confidence. They are risk professionals who stand out from the rest for various reasons. The “go-to” label need not be associated with any title, position, or experience. It has a much greater and deeper meaning. “Go-to” risk managers are not all anointed. They earn the moniker.

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