MassMutual Beefs Up West Coast Sales Presence

August 31, 2009 ( - MassMutual has tapped Joel Almeida to undertake a new sales role focused on Southern California and Hawaii.

A MassMutual news release said Almeida assumed the new sales and business development post on Monday.

Almeida will partner with managing director, Francesca Messano, to provide additional support to third-party distribution relationships and MassMutual career agents. He reports to Tanya Jones, Western divisional sales manager, MassMutual Retirement Services Division.

According to the news release, Almeida brings more than 19 years of financial services experience to his new role. He was most recently employed by Principal Financial Group as director of business development.

Prior to that, he served as managing director for FMC Financial Group, a MassMutual affiliate.