Mr. Russell has served as Managing Director of MassMutual Ventures, since its formation in July, 2014. Prior to that, he also served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development from 2009 to 2017. Mr. Russell joined MassMutual in 2007, as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer for the company’s Retirement Income unit, and has 30 years of broadly diversified experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to MassMutual, Mr. Russell was Senior Vice President and Head of Client Services for Prudential Retirement, a post he held from 2004 through the firm’s acquisition of CIGNA’s Retirement and Investment Services business, which he joined in 2001 as Senior Vice President in its Corporate Insurance unit. Mr. Russell, from 1995-2001, was with Aetna Inc./ING Financial Services, primarily with the company’s Aetna International, Inc., business, including more than two years as its CFO, and three years as the CEO overseeing Aetna Philippines in Manila.
Mr. Russell received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brown University, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.