The government operations division of Health Net Inc. has hired Donna Hoffmeier to be vice president of government relations-policy and strategy.

Health Net, Los Angeles, is a major participant in the TriCare military health care system.

Hoffmeier, who will be based in Arlington, Va., previously was vice president of government and public sector strategy at the specialty business division of UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn.

Hoffmeier also spent 10 years serving in the U.S. Navy as a public affairs officer, and she spent 5 years working as a staff member at the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, where she helped develop military health system bills.

Hoffmeier has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.

- Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Omaha, Neb., has hired Dean Thompson to be vice president of group health sales.

Thompson previously was a division manager at Physicians Mutual Insurance Company, Omaha.

Thompson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he was a star basketball player.

- The Securian Financial Group Inc. unit of Minnesota Mutual Insurance Company, St. Paul, Minn., has hired Hal Harris to be national sales vice president of individual annuities.

Harris previously was vice president and southeast regional manager at Security Benefit. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in business from the University of Miami.

Securian also has hired James Dougherty to be manager of distribution technology. He previously was a senior manager in the Minneapolis office of Accenture.

Dougherty has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

- New York Life Insurance Company named Julius G. Alberico as first vice president of life and annuity marketing in its Agency Department. He reports to senior vice president Mark Pfaff.

Alberico rejoins New York Life from Humana Health Plans of Illinois, where he was regional chief executive officer.

In addition, Michael P. Lackey joined the company as vice president in the Agency Department, reporting to Alberico. Previously, Lackey worked as a consultant at a Big 5 consulting firm, with assignments that included leading a Middle Market initiative for another major financial services company.

New York Life Insurance also named Brian Duffy to head up its AARP unit in Tampa, Fla.

New York Life, which has an exclusive provider relationship with the AARP, Washington, appointed Duffy as senior vice president for AARP operations, succeeding George Nichols III. Nichols is moving to the company’s government affairs office in Washington.

New York Life has provided life insurance products for 11 years to members of AARP, with 2005 sales of over $137 million.