James M. Stone
Plymouth Rock Companies
Company executive and founder (insurance); Economist
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Business, Corporate, and Philanthropic Leadership
An entrepreneur and major figure in the insurance industry, Jim Stone has also held leadership positions in several distinguished non-profit organizations. He founded the Plymouth Rock Company in 1983 and has served as its chairman and CEO since that time. Under his leadership, Plymouth Rock has grown to become a multi-state auto and property insurer with annual revenues over $1 billion. He was the founder of both Response Insurance and Homesite Insurance Group, two national personal lines insurers. He was a co-founder of CAT Ltd, a Bermuda reinsurer, and among the founding partners of Lindsay Goldberg llp, a large New York private equity firm. Prior to organizing Plymouth Rock, he had been a Lecturer in Economics at Harvard University, where he had earned a BA with highest honors and then his PhD; Insurance Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Carter Administration. He served for 8 years as a director of The Boston Globe Newspaper Corporation. More recently, he was an early investor in, and subsequently vice chairman of, GlobalPost, an international on-line news service. He served for many years as a director and as chairman of Management Sciences for Health, a worldwide humanitarian non-profit organization providing health infrastructure services in over 40 countries; he is now its Chairman Emeritus. He has also chaired for some years the panel that awards the annual School on the Move Prize to the most improved Boston Public School. He is a director, executive committee member, and Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee of the renowned genetics institute Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. His public policy book, Five Easy Theses, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2016.