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Doug Pontsler

Chairman and Managing Director, Center of Visual Expertise

Doug Pontsler is Chairman and Managing Director for COVE, the Center of Visual Expertise. Launched in 2018 by the Toledo Museum of Art, COVE is dedicated to the application of visual literacy for industrial and service applications with an emphasis on safety. In this leadership role he is responsible for all aspects of the enterprise including thought leadership, product development and client satisfaction.

Pontsler was the former vice president of operations sustainability and EHS for Owens Corning (retired). He joined Owens Corning in 2002 and held leadership positions including director of corporate services and vice president of global sourcing. Prior to joining Owens Corning, Pontsler spent 23 years with Eaton Corporation. While at Eaton, he held various roles of increasing responsibilities in accounting, finance, production and inventory control management, factory management, and sourcing.

Pontsler served as a member of the National Safety Council (NSC) Board of Directors and as the Chairman of the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council. He is a recipient of NSC’s 2019 Distinguished Service to Safety Award, the highest individual award given by the NSC.

He received a bachelor of science in business administration from Miami University with a major in accounting.

  • Safety Virtual

    • Session 6 – Safety and Risk Management: Incorporating Visual Literacy to Improve Safety

      Run Time - 58:41

      What we see, how we interpret what it means, and the actions we take as a result defines much of the work that we do as safety professionals. Yet very few of us ever learn how to see more effectively. By leveraging lessons from art education and applying common processes associated with visual literacy, we can be more effective in identifying hazards, improving incident investigations, and communicating safe working practices. This insightful and innovative application of visual literacy will provide you with a road map for improving your ability to see more effectively and proactively improve your safety performance.