Thomas A. Lawson, FM Global's new president and CEO, has beenwith the company for 35 years—an unusual accomplishment in today'sbusiness climate. He graduated from Illinois State University(Normal, Ill.) with a degree in occupational safety, a good fit foran insurance company focused on understanding the science of riskand creating solutions based on engineering and research.

FM Global's goal is to provide stability and consistency toclients and help them maintain “resiliency,” a recurring theme forthe company. The company uses science, research and engineering tohelp clients assess and mitigate their risks. This approach, Lawsonbelieves, helps companies rebound from losses more quickly.

In a personal interview, Lawson told NU that “It'squite an honor to be the CEO of a company that has had a successfulbusiness model for 180 years.” He doesn't plan to change the basicmodel, but the company will continue to adapt and be proactive tomeet changing conditions. The company is looking extensively atpredictive analytics and making better use of the data it hasavailable.

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Rosalie Donlon is the editor in chief of ALM's insurance and tax publications, including NU Property & Casualty magazine and NU You can contact her at [email protected].