Fall 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame
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Fall 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame

The Barney Board of Visitors Alumni Hall of Fame Inductions took place on Wednesday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the 1877 Club. This year’s inductees are David G. Nord ’79,Chairman, President and CEO at Hubbell Incorporate and Debra A. Palermino M ’82, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at MassMutual Financial Group.

Meet our Fall 2015 Inductees

David Nord

David G. Nord (’79) is Chairman, President and CEO at Hubbell Incorporated. He first joined the company as Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO in 2005. Headquartered in Shelton, CT Hubbell Incorporated is an international manufacturer of electrical, lighting and power products for a broad range of construction, industrial, and utility applications. Under Nord’s leadership Hubbell’s focus on talent development, innovation, and growth have led to the acquisition and integration of more than 30 companies and nearly $1 billion of new revenues over the past decade. The company has operations throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Previously, Nord worked for nine years at United Technologies Corporation, serving as Vice President Finance and CFO at Hamilton Sundstrand; preceded by six years in the Corporate office as Controller and Assistant Controller. He has also served as Corporate Controller of The Pittston Company and Senior Manager at Deloitte & Touche.
University of Hartford affiliations include serving on the Barney Alumni Advisory Board, Hawks Athletic Board, and the Barney Board of Visitors.   Nord has been the Barney School’s Beta Gamma Sigma academic achievement society honoree in 2003 and 2015. He is also active in professional associations such as the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. In the community, Nord is on the Board of Trustees of The Bushnell. Nord received his bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business.

Debra Palermino

(M ’82) has served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources at MassMutual Financial Group in Springfield, MA since April 2010. Palermino joined the company in 2006, previously serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources from September 2007 to 2010 and Corporate Vice President of Corporate Human Resources from February 2006 to September 2007. Under Palermino’s direction, MassMutual has successfully implemented a new performance management process, introduced initiatives to provide employees with tools to manage personal health and financial well-being, initiated a career planning and peer mentoring program, and established a robust succession planning process. MassMutual has become an award-winning organization recognized for diversity & equality, including NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women and  Corporate Equality Index Best Places to Work. Previously, Palermino served as the Founder and Principal of PAL Associates, LLC, a private firm specializing in organizational consulting. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Chubb Executive Risk, Inc. and in various human resources management positions at Aetna Inc. In the community Palermino is a member of the Mark Twain House and Museum Board of Trustees, and has served on the board of directors of the YWCA Hartford Region and on the United States Golf Association’s Rules Committee. Palermino earned her MBA degree with a focus on organizational effectiveness from the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business. Click here to register for Barney Board of Visitors Alumni Hall of Fame