Industry Veteran will also serve as President of the MassMutual Foundation
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., December 13, 2016 – Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) today announced that seasoned corporate social responsibility executive Dennis Duquette has been appointed Head of Community Responsibility and President of the MassMutual Foundation.
Duquette, who has more than 30 years of financial services industry experience including oversight of community relations and brand development, is based in the company’s Springfield headquarters and reports to MassMutual Head of Brand and Advertising Jennifer Halloran. Duquette will lead all aspects of MassMutual’s community engagement efforts, including the recently established MassMutual Foundation. This includes such initiatives as the FutureSmartSM program, which is helping to address the critical need for youth financial literacy; LifeBridgeSM, which provides income-eligible families with free term life insurance that protects their children’s education; and Mutual ImpactSM, MassMutual’s employee giving program.
“For 165 years, giving back to the community has been a part of MassMutual’s culture,” said Halloran. “We are thrilled to have Dennis, with his extensive industry experience, innovation and passion for collaboration, help build on that rich history and drive MassMutual’s community engagement efforts to a new level.”
Prior to joining MassMutual, Duquette was with Fidelity Investments since 1989, where he created groundbreaking sponsorship efforts, grew and expanded Fidelity’s corporate presence and sponsorships across the US, and managed FidelityCares, an employee volunteerism program that also provides philanthropic support to non-profit organizations. Joining MassMutual represents a homecoming for Duquette, who began his career with the company and held a variety of roles in community relations, human resources and marketing communications.
A native and current resident of Springfield, Duquette earned his Master of Arts in public policy and administration from Northwestern University and a Master of Science in administrative studies from Boston College, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in English and communications.