LONDON, UK, 28 March 2023 — FM Global has announced six senior leadership appointments, aligning areas of expertise to ensure a continued growth journey whilst maintaining competitive advantage.

Thierry Masurel has been appointed as senior vice president, division manager, enterprise services, a role in which Masurel will leverage his knowledge of FM Global’s business processes, technology and data to lead enterprise services.

Masurel joined FM Global in 1992 and has held a variety of engineering and client service roles, including the role of operations vice president, Paris operations manager and most recently, operations senior vice president, global insurance and program services. Masurel holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from École Supérieure des Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile. He will continue to be based in Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S, and will report to Bret N. Ahnell, chief operating officer.

Michelle Braun, has been appointed as operations senior vice president, global insurance and program services and will assume responsibility for global insurance and program services in the enterprise services division, including all insurance product delivery services, operations compliance, global services and translation and brand assurance. Braun will report to Thierry Masurel, senior vice president, division manager, enterprise services and will be based in Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S.

Having joined FM Global in 2010 as a business risk consultant, Braun has served in various roles, including account manager; area manager, AFM; branch manager; client service manager; and AFM regional manager. Prior to joining FM Global, Braun held roles in risk management at First Marblehead Education Resources and Boston Consulting Group. She holds a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Vermont.

Sonserae Toles has been named staff senior vice president, culture and employee experience. Toles will continue to partner with senior management to enhance an engaged culture that works to solicit and consider the diverse perspectives, talents and contributions of all employees. She will report to Deanna Fidler, executive vice president, strategy and technology and will be based in Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S.

Toles joined FM Global in 2019 as vice president of the diversity, equity and inclusion center of excellence to develop a comprehensive approach linking FM Global’s commitment to diversity with the business strategy. Prior to joining FM Global, Toles held several key leadership roles in human resources, to include diversity, equity and inclusion as well as talent management for T. Rowe Price, Siemens, General Electric and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Louis Gritzo has been named as staff senior vice president, chief science officer, responsible for overseeing the future direction as well as leading the strategic advancement of science and research. Gritzo will be integral to the development and implementation of FM Global's research capabilities in Europe, Asia and the transformation of the existing campus in Norwood. Gritzo will be based in Norwood, Massachusetts, U.S, and will report to Andrew Bryson, senior vice president, engineering and research.

Having joined FM Global in 2005 as a research manager, Gritzo has served in several research and leadership roles, including vice president, research manager, international codes and standards. He currently leads applied engineering and natural science research conducted by FM Global’s scientists, engineers and technologists. Gritzo has a Bachelor of Science, and Ph.D., in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from Texas Tech University.

The following appointments have been made to strengthen operational efficiencies to enable FM Global to continue to deliver market leading solutions to clients in a rapidly evolving market. Both appointments will report to Jim O’Brien, senior vice president, Canada and specialty industries division manager.

Douglas Patterson has been appointed to the newly created role of operations senior vice president, head of renewables, and will serve to align the development, coordination, and execution of FM Global’s renewable energy strategy. Patterson will provide the strategic guidance to ensure that FM Global is positioned to achieve market leadership along with long-term, profitable growth, and inspires marketplace loyalty in this important and rapidly evolving space. He will be based in Frisco, Texas, U.S.

Having joined FM Global in 1987 as a loss prevention consultant, Patterson has served in several roles including, and most recently, operations senior vice president for Dallas operations. Patterson holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dave Thompson has been appointed as operations senior vice president, specialty industries market development and will be based in Toronto, Canada. In this new role, Thompson will provide leadership, support, and strategic guidance to ensure the continued competitiveness of FM Global’s specialty industries and their expansion beyond Canada. Specialty industries include forest products (pulp and paper), power generation, chemical, mining, and molten materials, semiconductor manufacturing, and digital data centers.

Since joining FM Global in 1985, Thompson has, amongst other roles, served as a field engineer, account manager, branch manager, and most recently, operations senior vice president, operations manager, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia.



About FM Global

Established nearly two centuries ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its policyholder-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world’s largest organisations, including one of every four Fortune 500 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, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.