Mark Rosenker

Commissioner of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, Former Chairman of National Transportation Safety Board; Transportation & Safety Analyst for CBS News
Mark Rosenker
  • Called “the Master of Disaster,” led the investigations following all civil aviation accidents in the nation
  • Former head of the White House Military Office, responsible for military support to the President
  • 37-year Air Force veteran, retiring as a decorated major general
  • Firm believer and passionate speaker on safety and leveraging technology to improve the transportation industry

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When a plane crash captivates the nation, Mark Rosenker is one of the few people who can claim an informed understanding of what went wrong and what could have been done to prevent it. As two-time chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), he led the investigations that follow any civil aviation accident in the nation, as well as significant accidents involving highway, railroad, marine, and pipeline. It is a stressful role, but Rosenker calls his time at the NTSB “the best job I ever had” because of the opportunity to recommend and implement safety regulations that save lives and prevent more accidents from happening. A compelling storyteller, Rosenker uses his background with the NTSB to present an insider’s perspective on current safety precautions for the aviation, automobile, and railroad industries.

Called the “Master of Disaster,” he is currently the transportation and safety analyst for CBS news and radio. Prior to this, he was a contributor to NBC News, appearing on programs like TODAY, Nightly News with Brian Williams, and MSNBC. Rosenker is a firm believer in the power of technology to prevent accidents and tells gripping tales of aviation accidents that could have been prevented by the implementation of new software or technology. He is also a staunch spokesman for the benefits of thorough preparation and training and discusses balancing safety and quality with an inventory of illuminating stories that tell these lessons well. With incredible callback for accidents’ facts and figures, he is a lively and animated speaker and exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.

Air Force One. Before the NTSB, Rosenker’s life was no less active. From 2001–2003, he was the head of the White House Military Office, responsible for all military support for the president, vice president, and White House functions. He was with President George W. Bush on September 11, and implemented continuity of government operations following the attacks. With a staff of 2,250, he was also responsible for Air Force One, Marine One, Camp David, and the White House Mess. Rosenker’s credentials for the job included a 37-year Air Force career, retiring as a decorated major general, and senior positions with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and the Electronic Industries Alliance. He was a member of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), and received their highest honor, the ABMC Meritorious Service Medal.

Safety First. Rosenker speaks with the same love of trains, planes, and automobiles shared by most Americans. As head of the NTSB, he had amazing opportunities to helm ships, fly aircraft, and conduct railroads, and he has got tales to tell. But he also has firm recommendations and a strong vision for preventative measures that can save tens of thousands of people a year. With the charm of a natural storyteller, and a head for the details that matter, Mark Rosenker’s presentations are a dynamic mixture of fascinating transportation stories and practical safety solutions.

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Technology as a Safety Measure. Based on investigations and recommendations made during his tenure at the NTSB, Rosenker discusses how technological innovations can make a life-saving difference in raising the bar of transportation safety. He discusses successful examples, like how NTSB’s recommendation for mandatory electronic stability control in autos will prevent rollovers and save upwards of 10,000 people a year, and touches on technology’s role in preventing accidents that occur from human behaviors, like texting while driving or operator fatigue. He also addresses what new technology is coming down the pipeline and how it can be used to prevent future accidents.

Lessons of Preparation and Training. At 10,000 feet or 80 mph, up-to-date training and preparation can be the difference between life and death. Using information from investigations of aviation, railroad and highway accidents, Mark Rosenker applies lessons he learned at the NTSB to business organizations, revealing how important proper training and preparedness can be for all industries.

Quality Versus Safety. With his lessons learned from the NTSB, Rosenker discusses how organizations can balance quality and safety properly in order to ensure great products and services with no sacrifice to best practices and safe operating procedures.

Future Trends in Transportation Safety Regulations. How will the National Transportation Safety Board’s future recommendations affect the automotive, aviation, railroad and trucking industries, as well as their vendors and subcontractors? Mark Rosenker uses his experience as chairman of the NTSB to discuss likely recommendations, how and when they will be implemented, and how companies can benefit from proactively adopting them.

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