Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has hired Stephen Deschenes to be senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the company’s retirement income group.
Deschenes previously was executive vice president and head of product management at Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company, a unit of Fidelity Investments, Boston.
Deschenes also was the founding president of mPower Advisors L.L.C., San Francisco, a Web-based retirement plan advice service.
Earlier in his career, Deschenes was director of special operations at Newsweek, where he started the Newsweek on Health and Newsweek on the Family supplements.
Deschenes has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where he was the publisher of the Harvard Lampoon.
In other personnel news:
- Lincoln National Corp., Philadelphia, has announced several executive changes at its Lincoln Financial Distributors Inc. unit.
The company has hired Alyce Shaw to be head of internal sales at the unit.
Shaw previously was head of the annuity sales desk at the U.S. operations of ING Groep N.V., Amsterdam.
Shaw has a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Lincoln also has promoted Jeffrey Grant to senior national sales manager for the variable annuity wire/regional channel, and it has promoted R. Kirk North to senior national sales manager for the Edward Jones Choice Plus channel.
Grant previously was national sales manager for the VA independent planner channel.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri
North was Eastern Division sales manager for the American Legacy independent planner channel.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Radford University.
- Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Omaha, Neb., has hired David Ahrendt to be vice president of the company’s retirement services area.
Ahrendt previously was vice president of retirement plans at Lincoln.
Ahrendt has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio University and a law degree from Capital Law School.
- Western & Southern Financial Group, Cincinnati, has promoted John O’Connell to senior vice president for the broker-dealer sales channel at Integrity Life Insurance Company.