James M. Stone

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Plymouth Rock Group of Companies

Jim is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boston based Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation and chief executive of its holding company, The Plymouth Rock Company. He was a lecturer in Economics at Harvard University in the early 1970’s and was the Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance from 1975 to 1979. Jim was then appointed chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) by President Jimmy Carter. In 1983, he finished his term in Washington at the CFTC and returned to Boston where he founded the Plymouth Rock Company. Jim has been the company's CEO since its establishment.

Jim is a member of the Administrative Committee of Lindsay Goldberg, a New York-based private equity investment firm. He was on the Board of Directors of The Boston Globe Newspaper Corporation from 1998 to 2006, and he served for five years as vice chairman of GlobalPost a web-based international news service. He was a co-founder of Cat Limited, a Bermuda reinsurer. He was also a founder of Homesite Group, Inc. and Response Insurance.

Jim is the author of “Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America’s Greatest Economic Challenges” (May 2016), a New York Times Bestseller and a Bloomberg Best Books of 2016 selection. He has authored numerous articles on insurance, finance, and economics.

Jim is the chairman of the Academic Affairs and the Commercial Relations Committees of the Board of Directors of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a leading genetics and cancer research institute. He served for ten years on the Board, and is now Chairman Emeritus, of Management Sciences for Health, a large international humanitarian health infrastructure provider. Jim is the chairman of the School on the Move prize panel, which awards the most improved Boston public school with a substantial monetary prize each year. He is a member of the Finance Committee of the American Academy of Arts and Science. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize winning non-profit investigative reporting organization. Jim is married, the father of two children and lives in Boston.