Our Leadership

You’re not simply a policy number at FM Global. You’re much more.

As a client, you become an owner in our mutual company. So, unlike at most companies, our clients have a voice in how we perform and manage. 

Our rigorous corporate governance program is made up of a board of directors, eight advisory boards, and five risk management executive councils. But most importantly, board-appointed clients also have a seat on the advisory and regional councils, and provide a vital perspective that inspires our long-term strategy.

  • Thomas A. Lawson

    Chairman

    Tom Lawson, a recognized expert in industrial manufacturing risk, leads FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial property insurers.

    Lawson has been with the company for more than 35 years and was named chairman in 2018 after being appointed president and CEO in 2014. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and provided oversight of the company’s global operations. Having held a variety of leadership positions, Lawson previously served as senior vice president, engineering and research; vice president, operations manager, forest products; field vice president and operations underwriting manager; and regional engineering manager.

    At the helm of a nearly 200-year-old company that insurers more than one-third of the Fortune 1000, Lawson champions a philosophy based on three core values—loyalty, empowerment and mutual respect. He believes these values are key to retaining the best clients and the best employees.

    Lawson is a graduate of Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., USA, with a bachelor of science in occupational safety, and Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania executive education program, Philadelphia, Penn., USA. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

  • Malcolm C. Roberts

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Malcolm C. Roberts is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers and which insures nearly US$10.2 trillion in business property in more than 130 countries.

    Roberts previously was executive vice president with oversight of underwriting and reinsurance, engineering and research, client experience, marketing and sales, claims, strategy and business enablement, as well as information services.

    Prior to that, he was senior vice president, Eastern division manager, based in the company’s Norwood, Mass., USA, office. There, he oversaw all client relations, underwriting, engineering, processing and administration for the division.

    During his tenure, he has also served as vice president, chemical operations manager, where he was responsible for ensuring the profit, growth and servicing of all of FM Global’s insured locations within the chemical process industry, including producers of petrochemical, commodity, fine and specialty chemical products, alternative fuels and pharmaceuticals.

    Earlier in his career, he was vice president, manager, operations engineering, before becoming operations vice president, branch manager, Forest Products in FM Global’s Stockholm, Sweden, office and then being named vice president, operations manager, Dallas operations based in Plano, Texas, USA.

    Roberts joined the company in 1995 as a loss prevention consultant in London after working as a chemical engineer.

    He holds a Bachelor of Engineering honors degree in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

  • Bret N. Ahnell

    Chief Operating Officer

    Bret N. Ahnell is chief operating officer at FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. 

    Ahnell, a veteran of the company for more than 30 years, was previously executive vice president with responsibility for FM Global’s operations in the Americas and data analytics.

    Before that he was a senior vice president and oversaw various divisions within the company, including underwriting and reinsurance, engineering and research, innovation, sales, claims, information services, business technology transformation, marketing and enterprise learning.

    He joined the company in 1987 as a loss prevention consultant in Los Angeles, California, USA, and advanced to hold various positions, including district manager and operations manager before becoming senior vice president, division manager, Western division, Dallas, Texas, USA, where he oversaw insurance and engineering operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, USA; Dallas, Texas, USA; Latin America and the forest products industry worldwide.

    Ahnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, USA, and has a CPCU designation from the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

  • Kevin S. Ingram

    Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    Kevin S. Ingram is senior executive vice president and chief financial officer at FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers. Based in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA, Ingram is responsible for all finance and risk management operations at the company, in addition to other corporate functions.  

    Ingram previously served as senior vice president of corporate services where he oversaw the company’s business risk consulting, business risk management, analytics, and business process improvement 

    Before that, over a period of more than 20 years, he held various finance positions including treasurer, controller and vice president of financial services. 

    Ingram joined the company in 1990, after working as a senior manager in the insurance audit group at Ernst & Young, LLP in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He is a certified public accountant (CPA), as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Sanjay Chawla

    Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

    Sanjay Chawla manages all of the company's investment functions. Assets managed include general account and pension assets with a combined total of approximately US$25 billion.

    Based in Waltham, Mass., USA, Chawla also is involved in strategic corporate initiatives, including collaborating with an investment lens on the company's environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities.

    He joined the company in 2018 as senior vice president of investments. A year later, he was ranked among the 10 most innovative and influential corporate CIOs worldwide according to Chief Investment Officer (CIO), an industry-leading news website.

    Prior to working at FM Global, Chawla was the vice president and chief investment officer of Raytheon's pension investments at Raytheon Company since August 2013. He also worked at The Dow Chemical Company for 18 years. There he held various leadership roles in finance—primarily portfolio investments and treasury—including global asset allocation, enterprise-wide and financial risk management and also on expatriate assignments in Asia.

    Chawla received an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Virginia., USA, and a bachelor's degree in commerce (honors) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, India.

  • Deanna Fidler

    Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

    Based in FM Global's corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA, Deanna Fidler oversees human resources, diversity and inclusion, strategy and business enablement, technology as well as the FM Global Academy. Fidler joined the company in 2018 as senior vice president, chief human resources officer.

    Previously, she was chief human resources officer for T. Rowe Price in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she was responsible for diversity and inclusion, associate communications and corporate social responsibility. She also held leadership roles at Aetna, including chief human resources officer, head of talent management and head of HR business partners.

    Earlier in her career, she held senior human resources-related roles at Swiss Re and GE Insurance Solutions.

    Fidler holds a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, USA, and a Master of Science in human resources management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

  • Ziad Alex S. Tadmoury

    Executive Vice President

    Alex Tadmoury is responsible for FM Global’s operations, including EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Canada, and specialty industries as well as AFM, a division that provides commercial property insurance for the middle market.

    He joined FM Global in 1989 as a reinsurance claims analyst and advanced to hold various positions in claims and reinsurance. In 1999 he moved to London where he served as assistant client service manager and then to Paris in 2002 as client service manager before becoming Paris operations manager in 2006.

    In 2012, Alex moved to the corporate offices, where he held numerous senior leadership roles in client service & sales, compliance and real estate, culminating in the appointment of interim president and CEO of Hobbs Brook Management. He assumed the role of Asia-Pacific division manager in 2019 and his most current role as AFM division manager in 2022.

    Alex holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Science in quantitative business analysis from Indiana University.

  • Randall E Hodge

    Executive Vice President, Staff Insurance Operations

    Randall E. Hodge is executive vice president, staff insurance operations at FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial property insurers.

    Hodge, a veteran of the company for more than 30 years, is based in FM Global’s corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA, and has oversight of underwriting and reinsurance, engineering and research, FM Approvals, claims, client service and marketing, as well as data analytics.

    Prior to his current role he was senior vice president, chief underwriting officer.

    He joined the company in 1990 and has served as a field engineer, group manager field engineering, account manager, assistant client service manager, client service manager and Atlanta operations manager.

    Before joining FM Global, Hodge worked for The Walt Disney Company. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from California State University, USA, and is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in fire protection engineering.

  • George J. Plesce

    Executive Vice President, U.S., Latin America and Sales

    George J. Plesce is executive vice president, U.S., Latin America and sales, at FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial property insurers. Based in the company's corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA, he has oversight of regional insurance and engineering operations, as well as global business development.

    A 30-year veteran of the company and named a "2021 Executive to Watch" by Risk & Insurance magazine, he was previously senior vice president, chief client experience and sales officer.

    Before that, Plesce served as vice president, operations manager for FM Global's Washington, D.C., USA operations. Earlier in his career, he served as an operations vice president, client service manager and business development executive. Plesce joined the company in 1991 as a senior account executive.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Juniata College in Pennsylvania, USA.