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Author(s): Mark Roellig, Trish Walsh
Practice Area: Corporate & Securities, International Law
Published: Oct 2016
ISBN: 9781402427619
PLI Item #: 149306
CHB Spine #: B2274

Mark Roellig is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (“MassMutual”), the parent company of a global, growth-oriented, diversified financial services organization, listed 94th in Fortune’s ranking of America’s largest corporations with more than $651 billion in total assets under management. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts.  In his capacity as MassMutual’s General Counsel, Mark is responsible for all the legal affairs of the Company and advises management and the board of directors to ensure that MassMutual complies with corporate-governance requirements and safeguards the interests of MassMutual’s policyholders.  He is also responsible for the corporate secretary, corporate compliance, internal audit, government relations and the Corporate Business Resources and Real Estate and Facilities Departments of MassMutual.   Prior to joining MassMutual in 2005, he served as general counsel and secretary to three public companies before their sale/merger: Fisher Scientific International Inc., Storage Technology Corporation (“StorageTek”) and U S WEST Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan, his law degree from George Washington University and his MBA from the University of Washington.  Mark is currently an adjunct facility member at the University of Colorado Law School and teaches a class on “An Introduction to In-House Practice”.

Trish Walsh is executive vice president and chief legal officer for Voya Financial (NYSE: VOYA), which helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11.3 billion in revenue in 2015. The company had $452 billion in total assets under management and administration as of December 31, 2015.

Ms. Walsh oversees all aspects of Voya’s Law, Compliance and External Affairs department, serving as an advisor to senior management and the board of directors on legal, compliance, securities and corporate governance matters. She also serves on Voya’s Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Voya, Ms. Walsh served as deputy general counsel and global chief compliance officer for Cigna, Inc., a global health service company with 88 million customer relationships in 30 countries and $32 billion in annual revenue. She joined Cigna in 2011 as chief counsel for the company’s U.S. businesses.

Previously, she held several leadership roles during her tenure at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, serving as senior vice president and deputy general counsel for the company, and, most recently, as senior vice president and chief of staff to the chairman and CEO. Throughout her 10 years at MassMutual, Ms. Walsh led various diversity initiatives and chaired the law division's diversity committee. Prior to MassMutual, she was an associate at the law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Walsh began her career with clerkships at the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.