John Hancock Retirement Plan Services, Boston, has promoted Jim Brockelman to executive vice president of national sales.

Brockelman is succeeding Peter Gordon, who has become president of John Hancock Financial Network, the career agency and brokerage arm of Hancock, Boston.

Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corp.

Brockelman previously was senior vice president of intermediary services at the Hancock retirement services operation.

Brockelman has a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University.

In other personnel news:

- The Phoenix Companies Inc., Hartford, has hired Louis DiGiacomo to be vice president of national accounts.

DiGiacomo previously was vice president and channel head for the independent channel at MetLife Investors, a unit of MetLife Inc., New York.

DiGiacomo attended the New York Institute of Technology.

- New York Life Insurance Company, New York, has hired Mark Sanders to be chief technology officer and senior vice president of the corporate information department.

Sanders previously was chief technology officer at BKF Asset Management Inc., New York.

Sanders has a bachelor’s degree from South Western University and a master’s degree in finance from Dowling College. He is president of the Wall Street Technology Association, New York.

New York Life also has promoted John Natale to first vice president and head of Web development, from vice president, and Mark Draghi to vice president in charge of service delivery performance, from corporate vice president of service delivery performance management.

Natale has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Adelphi University and a master’s degree in computer science from Barry University.

Draghi has a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

- Symetra Life Insurance Company, Bellevue, Wash., has hired Robert Frary to be vice president of group limited medical and worksite products.

Frary previously was vice president of voluntary markets at HealthPlan Services Inc., Tampa, Fla.