Bill’s Corner : Bio

Bill Zachry is known throughout the risk management industry as a champion of workers’ compensation reform. His primary focus has been on improving the workers’ compensation system for the injured workers.

Bill currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee on the board of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, California’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance. He was appointed to the board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010 and reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014.

He participated in the design and implementation of landmark legislation and regulations to bring greater benefits for injured workers while saving over 167 billion dollars for the employers of California. Prior to serving on SCIF Board Bill spent ten years as the Chair of the California Fraud Assessment Commission.

Zachry was the Group VP of Risk Management at Safeway / Albertsons for fifteen years. While there he was awarded Risk Manager of the year by RIMS, as well as workers’ compensation professional of the year from CCWC in 2016. He also spent three years as a Senior Fellow in the Sedgwick Institute where did research and writing on many risk management issues.

Bill continues to support the industry as a significant contributor in many aspects. The one which he enjoys the most, is writing his “Simple Ideas for a complex system blogs that drive awareness, provide thought discussions, and lead positive outcomes and positive change. He believes that it is through these articles that the industry can change, improve and learn.

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