Thursday, 27 January 2022 09:03

PEMCO’s McNaughton Elected Chair of IIHS Board of Directors


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Stan McNaughton, president and CEO of PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company, has been elected chair of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Board of Directors for 2022.

McNaughton takes over from Dan Clapp, executive vice president at Shelter, who remains on the board.


“I am honored to chair the board for IIHS after partnering with this innovative organization for more than three decades,” McNaughton said. “Dan Clapp helped lead IIHS through the extraordinary task of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, working with IIHS leadership to ensure the organization continued to fulfill its mission. I’m grateful for his leadership, and I’m excited to expand upon the strong foundation he and the IIHS team have built.”


PEMCO and IIHS have a long history beginning in 1991 when McNaughton, then a PEMCO executive, sustained a neck injury in a crash and wondered whether his vehicle’s low head restraint was partly to blame. Short head restraints were common at the time, but there was a lack of research on head restraint height.


PEMCO donated two Oldsmobile Cutlass Cieras to IIHS for the first rear crash tests. The tests showed head restraints positioned no lower than the crash test dummy’s ears significantly reduced the whiplash effect. In the years that followed, IIHS began conducting static evaluations of head restraint geometry and later added sled testing of vehicle seats and head restraints to its ratings.


“We’re thrilled to welcome Stan as our board chair,” said David Harkey, president of IIHS and HLDI. “Thanks to his long involvement with IIHS, Stan brings...

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