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.