(NTSB photo)
(NTSB photo)


Deborah A.P. Hersman, who has served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for almost six years, will step down to become president of the National Safety Council, the NSC announced Tuesday.

Hersman has been on the NTSB board since 2004 and its chairman since 2009.

“Debbie is a recognized leader in safety, with a frontline understanding of the value of protecting human life through thoughtful attention and management of risk,” said Jeff Woodbury, chairman of Congressionally-chartered NSC board of directors. “Her proven leadership and expertise made her the ideal candidate to take the Council successfully into its second century.”

Hersman has taken a leading role in the NTSB’s push for automotive and aviation safety, and also has been the face of major transportation mishaps, flying to the scene to serve as a spokeswoman for the investigation.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries,” Hersman said in a statement. “The National Safety Council vision of ‘making our world safer’ has the potential to improve every workplace, every community and the way we travel every day.”