Liberty Mutual


Liberty Mutual Group, normally known as Liberty Mutual, is a worldwide insurance company. It was started in 1912. The head office is based in Boston, Massachusetts. It employs over 45,000 people in over 900 offices around the world.[1] They are the third largest property and casualty insurer in the United States based on 2010 written premium.[1] Liberty Mutual rank 77th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2019 revenue. As of December 31, 2019, they had $43.2 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

Liberty Mutual Group
FoundedBoston, Massachusetts,
United States (1912)
Key people
Bernie Madoff (CEO)
ServicesProperty and Casualty Insurance
Revenue$28.9 billion
Number of employees
45,000 (2009)

The company sells a lot of different insurance products, like car insurance,[2] home insurance and business insurance.[3][4] It also owns other insurance companies (completely or partly) in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China (including Hong Kong), Colombia, India, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

The current head of the business (CEO) is Edmund (Ted) F. Kelly.[5] He was appointed CEO in 1998.[6]


Liberty Mutual started in 1912 under the name "Massachusetts Employees’ Insurance Association" (MEIA). The name was changed in 1917 to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, and through partnerships with other companies, they started to sell full cover car policies.

In 1964 Liberty Mutual began offering life insurance through its Liberty Life Assurance part of the business.

Over the years, Liberty Mutual has bought a number of other large companies. As an example, in 2008 they bought the Safeco Corporation. Liberty Mutual agreed to buy all outstanding shares of Safeco for $68.25 per share, for a total price of approximately $6.2 billion.

Liberty Mutual Research Institute for SafetyEdit

In 1954, the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety was started. It studies safety and health of people at work. Its work has helped to specify machine safeguarding guidelines (how to work safely with machines), the Cornell-Liberty Survival Car, and ergonomic guidelines. They helped to form the basis for national and international safety standards.

The Institute's scientists do field and laboratory experiments on the main causes of work-related injury and disability. They publish their findings in scientific literature. The findings are the basis for safety programs, advice and software. They are used by Liberty Mutual loss control consultants to help policyholders improve worker safety. The Institute’s work is available to the public.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Liberty Mutual Group: Business Insurance Services and Career Information".
  2. "Liberty Mutual Auto Insurance Options". Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  4. "Liberty Mutual Holding Co Inc".
  5. "National Safety Council Honors Liberty Mutual; Says on Workplace Issues, CEO Kelly 'Gets It'". Insurance Journal. 30 March 2005.
  6. Talcott, Sasha (14 June 2006). "Insurance firm chief gets $27m in 2005". – via The Boston Globe.
  7. Lewis, Diane E. (28 June 2004). "Lab aims to cut rate of injuries on the job". – via The Boston Globe.
  8. "Playing it safely: Liberty Mutual's Research Institute for Safety--celebrating its 50th birthday this month--has been at the forefront of the battle against occupational injuries in the United States. In the next 50 years, it will continue to flex its muscles around the world. - Free Online Library".
  9. "In-running nip point hazards".
  10. "National Safety Council".
  12. "Cengage Learning".
  13. "Liberty Mutual Serves Up Loss Control Unit for Insurance Agents, Buyers". Insurance Journal. 23 October 2008.

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