FM Global's Dr. Louis Gritzo Named Chairman of Industrial Research Institute

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FM Global's Dr. Louis Gritzo Named Chairman of Industrial Research Institute

New Members to the Board of Directors also named at Annual Meeting

Boston, MA (May 11, 2017): Dr. Louis A. Gritzo, Vice President and Manager of Research at FM Global was named chairman of the board of directors of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) at their Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The ceremonial passing of the gavel was held yesterday evening at the Westin Boston Waterfront during the event’s closing ceremony.

“Overseeing an organization whose purpose is to help every industry grow through innovation – which includes evaluating and reducing risk – makes Dr. Lou Gritzo an excellent fit to chair our board of directors,” said Ed Bernstein, IRI President. “As a leader at FM Global, Dr. Gritzo and IRI have a common mission to bring leaders from every industry together to collaborate on improving research management. We are excited to have his leadership and the unique insights he brings.”

Prior to joining FM Global, an industrial and commercial property insurance company whose clients include one of every three Fortune 500 companies, Gritzo was manager of fire science and technology at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Gritzo earned his PhD from Texas Tech University in mechanical engineering with a minor in applied mathematics. He currently oversees FM Global’s 1,600-acre Research Campus for physical property loss prevention research. He also oversees three Research Directorates (Fire and Explosions, Structures and Natural Hazards, and Risk and Reliability) at FM Global’s Center for Property Risk Solutions in Massachusetts. Additionally, Gritzo serves as an FM Global media spokesperson and has been featured in Fast Company, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and Scientific American.

“Membership in IRI carries a unique value in that no other association engages you in the facets of R&D innovation leadership across a broad spectrum of leading companies,” said Dr. Gritzo. “FM Global has benefited tremendously from our participation in IRI and I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to lead.”

Dr. Gritzo is the Chairman of IRI as of May 10, 2017. Dr. John B. Hillenbrand, Jr., Vice President, R&D, Armstrong Flooring, becomes IRI’s immediate Past Chair. Dr. John F. Reid, Director, Enterprise Product Innovation & Technology, Deere & Co., becomes Vice Chair.

Board directors continuing their terms are:

  • Dr. Stephen P. Johnson, Director, R&D, Timken
  • Mr. K. Andrew Kintz, Business Development Manager, LORD Corp.
  • Mr. Craig Robertson, Vice President, R&D, National Gypsum
  • Mr. Robert T. Williams, Principal, IP Strategy and Business Integration, Boeing

About the Industrial Research Institute (IRI)

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is an organization of almost 200 industrial and service companies having a common interest in the effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies span diverse industries and represent a substantial portion of our nation’s gross domestic product. IRI is the only cross-industry organization creating innovation leadership solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation. For more information, call 703-647-2580 or visit