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PARSIPPANY, NJ—Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. (DDNJ) and Delta Dental of Connecticut is pleased to announce Claude Richardson will be joining them as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Claude replaces Kathleen Fennell who recently retired after 40 years with the state’s leading dental benefits company.

A seasoned human resources executive, Claude brings over 20 years of experience holding a variety of leadership positions for global companies to his new role. At DDNJ, Claude will be responsible for developing and providing human resources strategy and support for over 250 employees. Succession planning, talent management, change management, labor relations, organizational and performance management, training and development, and compensation are among the key areas where he will be offering guidance.

“Claude’s extensive human resources experience, combined with his ability to optimally align organizational strategy with associate resources, made him an ideal candidate for this position,” said Dennis G. Wilson, President and CEO, Delta Dental of New Jersey. “He’ll be an important voice for all our associates, as well as a vital team member during a time when our organization continues to transform and innovate the services we deliver to our customers and partners as the state’s leading dental benefits company. We’re proud to welcome him to the DDNJ family.”

About Claude Richardson

Claude Richardson is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Delta Dental of New Jersey. With over 20 years of experience, he has provided strategic human resources support and leadership for global companies across the publishing, industrial, aerospace and defense, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries, including Scholastic Corporation, Ametek, Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, and Citigroup. A decorated military veteran and officer in the United States Marine Corps, Claude received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the US Naval Academy and his Executive Master’s in Human Resources Leadership from Rutgers University. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Navy Commendation Medal.

About Delta Dental
Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc. is New Jersey’s leading dental benefits company, providing or administering coverage to more than 1.7 million people through contracts with groups in New Jersey and Connecticut. In Connecticut, Delta Dental of Connecticut, Inc. is a licensed insurer that writes dental coverage on an insured basis, and Delta Dental of New Jersey administers self-funded dental benefit programs.

Offering dental benefits since 1969, Delta Dental of New Jersey’s mission is to promote oral health to the greatest number of people by providing accessible dental benefit programs of the highest quality, service, and value. We are a not-for-profit service corporation and, as a member of Delta Dental Plans Association, we’re part of a network that provides national dental coverage to more than 73 million people. For more information, visit