Dr. Isil Erel, David A. Rismiller Chair in Finance, holds a Ph.D. in financial economics from MIT Sloan School of Management. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration from Koç University, Turkey. Her research spans a variety of areas within corporate finance, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and banking. This research has been published in leading academic sources such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies. A leader in her field of scholarship, Dr. Erel is the 2010 recipient of the Pace Setters Faculty Research Award and the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award at Fisher College of Business. She also received the Distinguished Referee Award from the Review of Financial Studies in 2012. She has been a Fisher Research Fellow (since 2011) and a National Center for the Middle Market Research Fellow (since 2012). In addition to assuming her role as academic director of The Risk Institute, Dr. Erel will continue to conduct high-impact research in her fields of interest and teach Financial Institutions in both MBA and undergraduate programs at Fisher.
Philip S. Renaud II, MS, CPCU, Executive Director
Renaud joins The Risk Institute from Risk International, where he served as a managing director and led the Columbus offices. With over 25 years of experience creating and managing several large multilocation, international risk management departments, he brings extensive expertise in the practice of risk management, direct insurance, and safety and health. In addition to his position at Risk International, Renaud managed risk programs at Deutsche Post/DHL (Supply Chain), Kmart Corporation, Limited Brands, Inc. (L Brands) and, prior to that, SCOA Industries Inc. (Shoe Corporations of America). He is a regular speaker at various national, regional and local risk management forums. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, Middle and Eastern Tennessee and board chairman for Central Ohio. In addition, Renaud serves on the Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and on the Foundation Board for the Knox Community Hospital in Knox County, Ohio.
Whitney Honold, Associate Director
Whitney Honold is the Associate Director at The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Prior to working at The Risk Institute, she worked for Wendy's Corporation building a cohesive brand image and consistent, clear communication between franchisees, customers, and corporate headquarters. Before becoming a Buckeye, Whitney worked her way through the ranks at Moxie, moving from Intern Coordinator to Senior Account Executive. She earned her degree in Strategic Communication, Marketing, Economics from Miami University in 2009.
Scott Gowans, Content Strategist
Scott Gowansis the Content Strategist at The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Prior to joining the Institute, he worked at Columbus Dispatch as a Web Producer.
Ashley Corry, Program Coordinator
Ashley Corry is the Program Coordinator at The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.