Brian J. Spero, 25 Over Fifty-five

RISE AND SHINE: After decades of practicing law, Brian J. Spero climbed the executive ranks at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. and has successfully led the workers’ compensation insurer since 2017. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
RISE AND SHINE: After decades of practicing law, Brian J. Spero climbed the executive ranks at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co. and has successfully led the workers’ compensation insurer since 2017. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner
BRIAN J. SPERO | CEO and president, The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co.


BRIAN J. SPERO, CEO and president at The Beacon Mutual Insurance Co., knew at a young age that he wanted to be an attorney.

“My wife always teases me that I was born with a briefcase in my hand, so my parents gave my wife a picture of me going off to kindergarten with briefcase in hand,” Spero said. “From high school on, the ideas of helping people resolve issues and public service were very important to me.”

Spero, a Rhode Island native, returned to his home state after graduating from Boston College Law School. A stint as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Francis Boyle gave him a solid legal foundation. “Judge Boyle was known as a tough taskmaster in the courtroom, but he was a great teacher and mentor to his law clerks,” Spero recalled.

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After nearly 30 years practicing law at Tillinghast, Collins & Graham and Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, where he was a founding partner with expertise in insurance law, Spero became general counsel and vice president at Beacon, a workers’ compensation insurer, in 2008. He was prepared for the career transition. He noted that “during the 1980s, the practice of law began to change dramatically and lawyers were expected to be good business advisers, in addition to good lawyers.”

Spero moved up Beacon’s executive ranks until he was appointed CEO and president in 2017.

Beacon has thrived, in part, because of Spero’s and his management team’s oversight of the insurer’s financial infrastructure, investment strategy and preservation of assets.

“I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have the privilege to lead such a committed group of employees with strong support from my leadership team,” he said. “I thoroughly enjoy what I do every day, and my contributions to Beacon’s recent success have all stemmed from successes of our team as a whole.”

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