Kristine Raad is the Director of Global Security for Owens Corning, a global building and industrial materials leader. She is responsible for developing and implementing Owens Corning’s enterprise security strategy and has been a leader in transforming security operations across the organization. She has been pivotal in driving continuous improvement through technology innovation, business alignment and project delivery.
Raad previously worked in a variety of roles in both engineering and security during her more than 20 years of experience with General Motors (GM). During her tenure at GM, she was responsible for North American Regional Security, including oversight of security at more than 75 manufacturing and office sites throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. She also led the company’s global security intelligence center, travel security, whistleblower hotline and global reporting programs. Raad had an assignment in Mexico, where she lived and worked for three years, implementing a security compliance program and managing investigations for the South America region.
Due to her success in security, Raad was selected for an inaugural leadership program at GM focused on developing skills to drive improvement and long-term change in organizational culture. She attributes this program with enhancing her ability to leverage problem-solving and leadership skills to drive continuous advancement of business objectives.
In addition, she is an active member of a number of security organizations including the International Security Management Association (ISMA) and the Women in Security (WIS) Common Interest Council of OSAC. Raad serves on the ISMA Education and Benchmarking Subcommittees and is also a member of the WIS benchmarking team.
“Throughout my career, I have been presented with pivotal decision points that have had a profound effect on my career. The key for me has been to acknowledge the uncertainty these created, and to allow myself to embrace the opportunity and believe in my ability to succeed,” she says.
Raad adds, “I began my career with General Motors as an engineer; however, when the opportunity arose to make a transition from engineering to corporate security, I jumped at the chance and embraced the challenge. At the time I didn’t have experience in security, but I had raw ability, and the desire to dedicate myself to becoming a true security professional. To this day, I consider this decision to be amongst the best I have ever made. Similarly, when I made the move from General Motors to Owens Corning, I had a highly successful career but recognized the opportunity to challenge myself and grow professionally. I asked myself, ‘If not now, when?’ and knew the right answer was now.”
Raad is most proud of leading a cross-functional team to develop and implement a Corporate Crisis Management program at Owens Corning. She says, “The timely development of the program, completed just prior to the 2020 global pandemic, positioned the organization to effectively respond to the crisis and to prioritize key actions to protect our employees and the business. While the circumstances that required the implementation of the plan were unfortunate, it has been gratifying to see the plan implemented successfully to the benefit of our workforce.”