Another Insurance Industry CEO Commits to Diversity & Inclusion

Another insurance industry leader is demonstrating his support of programs fostering greater diversity and inclusion throughout the commercial insurance sector.

Thomas A. Lawson, president and CEO of FM Global, this week requested that his name to added to the list of 10 other industry CEOs who have signed a “commitment statement” that was unveiled at Business Insurance’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Institute Leadership Conference, held in late September in Chicago. The statement, which was developed by eight CEOs participating in a closed-door roundtable discussion held during the conference, was revealed during a session addressing the business imperative for embracing diversity and inclusion. The statement pledged:

 “The world and our industry have never faced more change and opportunity than we do today. Diverse and inclusive teams have been proven to be more effective, and able to create better economic and social outcomes.

“We are committed to driving diversity at all levels of our organizations by creating inclusive and engaging cultures that effectively serve our customers, shareholders, communities and people. By making meaningful progress on diversity in insurance, we can win the critical war for talent, which will allow our companies and our industry to succeed.

“We agree to come together in one year to check on our progress and make any updates necessary to this commitment.”

Eight insurance industry CEOs developed this commitment statement during a closed-door roundtable discussion facilitated by Kathy Hannan, National Managing Partner, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, at KPMG. They were:

Mike Foley, CEO, Zurich North America

Lori Goltermann, CEO, U.S. Retail, Aon Risk Solutions

Russell Johnston, CEO, QBE North America

Todd Jones, Co-Head, North America, Willis Towers Watson P.L.C.

John Lumelleau, President & CEO, Lockton Cos. L.L.C.

Martin South, President, U.S. and Canada Division, Marsh L.L.C.

Christopher Swift, Chairman & CEO, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Mark Wilhelm, CEO, Safety National Casualty Corp.


Following the conference, Dave North, president and CEO of Sedgwick, and Mike McGarvick, CEO of XL Catlin, added their names to show their support for the mission of the D&I Institute, which was launched last December to promote and advance diversity and inclusion throughout the commercial insurance industry.

The conference, held Sept. 28-29 in Chicago, was the inaugural event of Business Insurance's Diversity & Inclusion Institute. The 2017 Institute conference, which will address ways that D&I can improve corporate image and profitability, is being planned. For more information about the conference and the Institute, visit