A senior executive is getting closer to the top at a West Coast insurer.

Pacific Life Insurance Company, Newport Beach, Calif., has promoted Jim Morris to chief operating officer of the company.

Morris previously was the company’s executive vice president and chief insurance officer.

Thomas Sutton, Pacific Life’s chairman and chief executive officer, will continue to hold those titles, the company says.

In related news, Pacific Life has named Mike Bell executive vice president of the company’s life insurance division.

Bell previously was the life division’s chief marketing officer.