FM Global has announced several senior executive appointments as it promotes seasoned leaders within the company to new roles.

James Thompson, FM Global’s vice president, manager, global sales in the APAC region, has been named senior vice president, APAC division manager. In his new role, Thompson is responsible for the oversight of all operations for FM Global’s Asia-Pacific division. Thompson is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Thompson joined FM Global in 1993 as a risk consultant engineer in the company’s Melbourne office, and has since served in various engineering and leadership roles in client service, sales, and underwriting within the U.S., U.K., and Australia. Prior to that, Thompson was an environmental project engineer for a Mobil/Exxon joint venture.

Thompson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from the University of Melbourne, succeeds Ziad Alex S. Tadmoury, who has been appointed senior vice president, AFM division manager, FM Global’s middle market business unit.

Tan Hian Hong has been named operations senior vice president, operations manager, Asia, and will assume responsibility for FM Global’s operations in Asia. Tan was previously vice president, division underwriting manager, responsible for Asia and Australia. He is based in Singapore and will report to James Thompson, senior vice president, APAC division manager.

Tan joined FM Global in 2004 as a risk consultant engineer. Since then, he has served in a variety of roles, including account engineer, account manager, and client service manager with a primary focus on Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

Prior to joining FM Global, Tan worked as a process engineer for ABB Lummus Global in Singapore, Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA, and The Hague in the Netherlands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Andrew Stafford has been appointed operations senior vice president, operations manager, Australia and New Zealand. In his new role, Stafford will be based in Sydney and will assume responsibility for FM Global’s operations in Australia. Stafford was previously regional senior vice president, AFM EMEA and Australia.

Since joining FM Global in 1994 as a consultant engineer in Melbourne, Australia, Stafford has held a wide range of roles across the company including manager for field engineering training in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA, in 2000, and account manager for London operations in the U.K. in 2005. Stafford relocated back to Australia in 2008 as an account manager in Sydney before assuming the role of client service manager for Australia operations in 2011.

Stafford, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Eliza Business School, suceeds Lynette Schultheis, who now oversees FM Global’s Western division.

In her new role, Lynette will assume responsibility for FM Global’s operations in the Western division and will report to George Plesce, executive vice president.

Since joining the company in 1986 as an underwriter in Park Ridge, Ill., USA, Lynette has held a wide range of roles across the company. Lynette moved to Dallas, Texas, USA, in 1999 as an underwriter and undertook various roles including account manager and assistant client service manager. In 2008, Lynette relocated to Melbourne, Australia and held the client service manager role for 2.5 years before returning to Dallas, Texas, USA, to become the Western division underwriting manager. In 2016, she headed back overseas to serve as the regional senior vice president, EMEA manager AFM based in London, U.K., and since 2018 has held the position of operations senior vice president, Australia operations manager, in Sydney, Australia.

Lynette has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Ill., USA, and obtained her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1992.

About FM Global


Established nearly two centuries ago, and present in the Asia Pacific region for 50 years, 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 client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, 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, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.