MassMutual Appoints Rod Dillman President of MassMutual International

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 12 /CNW/ -- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
Company (MassMutual) announced today that Rodney J. Dillman has been appointed
President of MassMutual International LLC and Senior Vice President of
    Mr. Dillman will have responsibility for MassMutual International LLC,
the holding company for MassMutual's international insurance subsidiaries. 
Mr. Dillman was most recently General Counsel at Babson Capital Management
LLC, a MassMutual subsidiary, and Corporate Vice President and Associate
General Counsel at MassMutual.
    He will be succeeded as General Counsel at Babson by Trish Walsh, who
will remain as Corporate Vice President in MassMutual's Law Division.
    Mr. Dillman, in his new role at MassMutual, will report to Elaine A.
Sarsynski, Chairman and CEO of MassMutual International and Executive Vice
President and head of MassMutual's Retirement Services business.
    "Rod's extensive legal background, M&A experience in the international
marketplace, and strong leadership skills make him an ideal leader for
MassMutual International," said Ms. Sarsynski.  "The international marketplace
presents an enormous opportunity, and I'm confident that Rod will continue the
strong growth we have experienced in our overseas operations."
    MassMutual International has expanded over the past decade through the
acquisition of several well-established firms, and now offers insurance and
other financial products to more than 1.9 million people in Japan, Taiwan,
Hong Kong, Macau, Luxembourg and Chile.
    Mr. Dillman joined Babson Capital in 2000, and has since held a number of
senior legal and leadership positions at both Babson Capital and MassMutual.
Currently, Mr. Dillman serves as the Chief Investment Lawyer for MassMutual
and manages the Investment Law Group of MassMutual's Law Division.  He also
serves on a number of corporate boards, including MassMutual International,
Jefferies Finance LLC, and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.
    Prior to joining Babson Capital, Mr. Dillman was a partner at Day, Berry
& Howard LLP (now Day Pitney LLP) in Hartford.
    Mr. Dillman holds a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and holds a
B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Economics from Kent State University.  He is
a member of the Connecticut and Massachusetts Bar Associations, as well as the
Association of Life Insurance Counsel, the American College of Investment
Counsel, and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.  He resides in
Suffield, Conn.
    MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual
Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales
representatives. MassMutual and its subsidiaries had more than $500 billion in
assets under management at year-end 2007. Assets under management include
assets and certain external investment funds managed by MassMutual's
    Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a mutually owned financial protection,
accumulation and income management company headquartered in Springfield, Mass.
MassMutual's major affiliates include: OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; Babson Capital
Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate
Advisers LLC; MML Investors Services, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC
( and; MassMutual International LLC
and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB. MassMutual is on the Internet at

    Contacts:  Jim Lacey


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