Salvatore Farina is the new president of the American College Alumni Association.

Farina is managing partner of the Long Island general office for New York Life Insurance Company, New York.

Farina has earned a bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in management from the American College. He holds several professional designations, including the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Leadership Fellow designations.

In other personnel news:

- The California Department of Insurance has hired Adam Cole to be general counsel.

Cole previously was a property-casualty insurance recovery lawyer in the San Francisco office of Heller Ehrman L.L.P.

Cole also has taught insurance law at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

From 1983 to 1985, Cole was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, Africa.

Cole has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and law degree from Harvard University.

- The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has promoted Audrey Brown to chief of staff.

Brown, who has been deputy chief of staff since June, will succeed David Foy, who is leaving the office to become the policy director for Gov. Charles Crist Jr., R.

Brown has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University.

- Health Care Service Corp., Chicago, the parent of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, has named Patricia Hemingway Hall president and chief operating officer.

Raymond McCaskey will continue to be the company’s chief executive officer.

Hemingway Hall previously was executive vice president of internal operations at Health Care Service Corp. She was president of the Texas Blue unit from 2001 to 2006.

Hemingway Hall has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public health, health planning and administration from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of the health policy and legislation committee at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago.

- New York Life Insurance Company, New York, has named Gary Wendlandt to be vice chairman.

Wendlandt has been a senior executive vice president at New York Life and the company’s chief investment officer. He will continue to be the company’s chief investment officer.

Wendlandt has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and computer science from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

New York Life also has promoted Patricia Barbari to senior vice president in the individual policy services department, from first vice president.

Barbari has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She holds the Certified Internal Auditor professional designation.

- Phoenix Companies Inc., Hartford, has promoted Peter Hofmann to senior executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Hofmann succeeds Michael Haylon, who has resigned.

Hofmann previously was an executive vice president and chief strategic officer at Phoenix.

Hofmann has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst professional designation.

Phoenix has promoted another executive, David Pellerin, to be the company’s chief accounting officer.

Pellerin has been chief financial officer of the company’s asset management business.

Pellerin has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant College. He holds the Certified Public Accountant professional designation.

- AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, New York, has promoted Christine Nigro to be president of the AXA Advisors L.L.C. unit.

AXA Advisors runs a network of 6,000 financial professionals, according to AXA Equitable, a unit of AXA S.A., Paris.

Nigro previously was the chief operating officer at AXA Advisors.

Nigro has a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.

- Hartford Life, Simsbury, Conn., a unit of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Hartford, has hired Ray DiDonna to be vice president of the group reinsurance business.

The unit sells group life and disability reinsurance coverage

DiDonna previously was president of Union Fidelity Life Insurance Company, Fort Washington, Pa.

DiDonna has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

- National Planning Holdings Inc., Santa Monica, Calif., a unit of Prudential P.L.C., London, has hired James Clements to be senior vice president of advisory services.

Clements, who will be based in Denver, previously was a senior vice president at Park Avenue Securities L.L.C., a unit of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York.

Clements has a degree from William Paterson University. He is chair of the marketing and investment advisory counsel at the Financial Services Institute, Atlanta, Ga.

- Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Chicago, a unit of Conseco Inc., Carmel, Ind., has hired David Nelson to be senior vice president for national sales.

Nelson previously was a sales executive at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York.

Nelson has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.

Nelson holds several professional designations, including the Chartered Life Underwriter and the Life Underwriter Training Counsel Fellow designations.

- American United Life Insurance Company, Indianapolis, a unit of OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc., has hired Dean Chambos to be regional sales director for the Michigan territory and John Conway to be regional sales director for the San Diego territory.

Chambos previously worked for a unit of StanCorp Financial Group Inc., Portland, Ore.

Conway worked for a unit of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Hartford.

- The retirement services division of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, Mass., has hired Andrew Ambrose to be an institutional sales representative. Ambrose previously was a regional vice president for the retirement plan services business at John Hancock, Boston, a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., Toronto.

- Meritain Health Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., a company that helps run self-funded health plans, has hired Michelle Burdi to be a regional vice president of sales for Illinois.

Burdi previously worked for Zurich North America, Schaumburg, Ill., a unit of Zurich Financial Services, Zurich.

Burdi has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public service administration from DePaul University.

- GunnAllen Financial Inc., Tampa, Fla., has hired Frank DiCicco to be vice president of business development for the firm’s Southwest / Rocky Mountain Region.