Duperreault ’69 to Receive Shield of Loyola

Former Trustee, insurance industry leader to receive University’s top alumni honor

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (September 28, 2011) – Saint Joseph’s University’s Alumni Association will present Brian Duperreault ’69 with its most prestigious honor, the Shield of Loyola Award, at its annual Alumni Gala on Friday, October 14 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Duperreault currently serves as president and chief Executive officer of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser.

The Shield of Loyola is presented annually to a Saint Joseph's graduate who has distinguished accomplishments in his or her chosen field, demonstrated loyalty to the alma mater, and whose life reflects the values of St. Ignatius Loyola. Duperreault will be the 31st recipient of the award.

“We are so pleased to honor Brian Duperreault with this award,” says Interim President John W. Smithson ’68 (B.A.), ’82 (MBA). “His loyalty and dedication to the University have influenced Saint Joseph’s progress in many ways, and his professional achievements are outstanding.”

Recently named the eighth most influential person in the insurance and reinsurance industry over the past 30 years by Reactions magazine, Duperreault’s professional career spans nearly four decades.  Before joining Marsh & McLennan, he spent 13 years at ACE Limited, where he served as chairman and CEO from 1994 to 2004 and chairman of the board from 2004 through 2007. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years at American International Group, Inc. (AIG), advancing from the position of actuary to become executive vice president of AIG Foreign General Insurance and chairman and CEO of AIG's subsidiary American International Underwriters (AIU).

Serving as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1999-2007, Duperreault played a vital role in shaping Saint Joseph’s Universityover the past decade. He served as Chair of the Board's Development and Campaign Planning committees, which provided critical leadership for the launch of SJU’s historic comprehensive campaign With Faith and Strength to Dare: The Campaign for Saint Joseph’s University, which raised more than $152 million. Duperreault also served on the Presidential Search committee, which elected the University’s 26th president, Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.

Born in Bermuda and raised in Trenton, N.J., Duperreault and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of three sons.  Among Saint Joseph’s most generous benefactors, the couple made a $10 million gift to the University to support the acquisition of the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus in 2007.  In addition, they were inaugural members of the Magis Society and received honorary doctoral degrees from Saint Joseph’s in 2008. He was inducted into SJU’s Haub School of Business Hall of Fame in 2002.

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