Hazzard named president of Berkshire Life

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PITTSFIELD — A Hinsdale man has been named the 16th president of a life insurance company that's operated in the Berkshires since before the Civil War.

Lawrence Hazzard replaces Gordon Dinsmore as president of Berkshire Life, the company announced Friday.

Dinsmore will advise Hazzard until his retirement at the end of the year, while also working on special projects.

Berkshire Life, now in its 168th year of operations in the county, is a subsidiary of Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America, based in New York City.

In a statement, the company credited Dinsmore with bringing "strong leadership" over a decade as president.

Hazzard has worked for Berkshire Life for 12 years, joining the company after serving as a vice president for MassMutual Financial Group. In his new role, he will oversee the company's disability income insurance business, the firm said. Hazzard has worked in that area of insurance for more than a quarter century, the company said.

Dinsmore served as president and as a senior vice president, in part because he held duties both to Berkshire Life and Guardian, its corporate parent. Hazzard will carry titles both as president and a vice president for the same reason.

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