JOHNSTON, R.I., USA—FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, is making key changes to its executive management team, as it moves seasoned leaders within the company into newly created roles.
Bret N. Ahnell, executive vice president and a 34-year veteran of the company, has been named chief operating officer and will run insurance operations globally. He has previously managed FM Global’s staff operations and most recently its Americas operations. 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. Prior to his current role, he was senior vice president, Western division manager. Ahnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in mechanical engineering and has a CPCU designation. He will report to Malcolm C. Roberts, who was recently named president, effective Aug. 1, 2021.
Kevin S. Ingram, executive vice president and chief financial officer, a 31-year veteran of the company, has been promoted to senior executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will continue to oversee all finance and risk management operations at the company in addition to other corporate functions. He began his career in 1990 as an associate controller in the company and has held various positions including treasurer, finance director and senior vice president, finance. Ingram joined the company 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, and is a certified public accountant (CPA). He will report to Malcolm C. Roberts, president, effective Aug. 1, 2021.
The following appointments will be effective Sept. 1, 2021:
Deanna Fidler, senior vice president, chief human resources officer, will become executive vice president, chief administrative officer, based in FM Global’s corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA. Fidler will oversee human resources, diversity and inclusion, strategy and business enablement, technology, and the FM Global Academy. Fidler joined the company in 2018. Previously, she was chief human resource 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. Fidler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Central Missouri. She will report to Malcolm C. Roberts, president.
Randall E. Hodge, senior vice president, chief underwriting officer, will be promoted to executive vice president, staff insurance operations. Hodge, a 31-year veteran of the company, will be based in FM Global’s corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA, and have oversight of underwriting and reinsurance, engineering and research, FM Approvals, claims, client service and marketing, as well as data analytics. Hodge joined the company in 1990, and has served as field engineer, group manager field engineering, account manager, assistant client service manager, client service manager and Atlanta operations manager. Prior to 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 (California, USA), and is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in fire protection engineering. Hodge will report to Malcolm C. Roberts, president.
George J. Plesce, senior vice president, chief client experience and sales officer, has been named executive vice president, U.S., Latin America and sales, with oversight of regional insurance and engineering operations and global business development. He will be based in FM Global’s corporate offices in Johnston, Rhode Island, USA. A 30-year veteran of the company, Plesce joined the company in 1991 as a senior account representative in FM Global’s office in Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA, where he held various positions in sales. He also served as vice president, client service manager and as vice president, operations manager for Washington, D.C., USA, operations. Plesce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Juniata College in Pennsylvania. He will report to Bret N. Ahnell, chief operating officer.
In addition to these appointments, James R. Galloway continues as executive vice president, with oversight of FM Global’s international operations and AFM, a division that provides commercial property insurance for the middle market. He also assumes responsibility for FM Global’s Canada and specialty industries division. He will report to Bret N. Ahnell, chief operating officer.
About FM Global
Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose policyholders share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable and represent many of the world’s largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions based on the company’s scientific research capability, engineering expertise and insurance protection.