SPRINGFIELD, MASS., Oct. 12, 2015—Debra Palermino, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), has been recognized as a 2015 Women of Excellence by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). Palermino is being lauded as the Corporate Women's Champion for her work within her company to ensure women's success.
Palermino is an industry veteran, with more than 40 years of Human Resources experience in financial services. NAFE, one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, is recognizing Palermino for her work to advance women into management and executive level positions, her involvement with professional women's networks, as well as a range of other efforts.
“I am proud to receive this award on behalf of MassMutual,” Palermino said, “and all that it represents for the great work we have done as a company. Most importantly, this NAFE award recognizes our company’s leadership and achievement in breaking down barriers in the workplace, and our understanding early on of the advantage that a truly diverse and inclusive workforce can have on our company’s success.”
This marks the second time in recent years that a MassMutual executive has been recognized by NAFE. Elaine Sarsynski, Executive Vice President, Retirement Services, was honored by NAFE with the Women of Excellence in International Achievement Award in 2012.
“The impressive 2015 NAFE Women of Excellence awardees include individuals who are exceptional at their jobs and notable for ensuring the success of women and girls,” said Dr. Betty Spence, President of NAFE. “These awards spotlight unsung heroes like Deb both for their achievements and for their commitment to gender equity.”
Palermino has been at the helm of MassMutual’s Human Resources organization over the past decade, a time of exceptional growth within the company. In just the past few years, for example, MassMutual has been recognized as a Top 50 Company for Diversity by DiversityInc, a Working Mother 100 Best Company, a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere, a Top 10 Company for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and a Human Rights Campaign’s Best Place to Work.
The full list of NAFE’s 2015 Women of Excellence and their biographies can be found here. Find out how MassMutual works to foster diversity and inclusion and help achieve its purpose: to help people secure their future and protect the ones they love.
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.
MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.
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