John Hancock Financial, the US division of Manulife Financial Corporation, named Sebastian Pariath as head of John Hancock Operations. In this new role, Pariath will report to Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock Financial. Since January of 2012, Pariath has served as vice president, Transformation Initiatives, Global Services, for Manulife Financial in Toronto, where he led a team charged with transforming the global information services organization into a global service-oriented team structure.  Prior to that, he served as vice president & managing corporate officer, Information Services & Insurance Operations, for Manulife Life Insurance Company, Ltd., in Tokyo. Pariath joined Manulife Life Insurance Company, Ltd., in Tokyo, in May of 2005, as chief architect & assistant vice president, responsible for information technology operations.  Previously he worked at Prudential & Aoba Life Insurance Company, Ltd., in Tokyo, at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Singapore and Tokyo, and at Modi Olivetti in Mumbai. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honors) in electronics from Mumbai University, India. 

In other news:

Assurant Health, appointed Mike Hamilton as senior vice president, chief sales officer.

Hamilton will be responsible for enhancing and expanding the company’s distribution capabilities.

Hamilton most recently served as the CEO of his own consultancy, where he provided direction to businesses looking to build distribution and operational capabilities.

Prior to consulting, Hamilton served as president of Nationwide Retail Distribution/chief executive officer Nationwide Securities, LLC, and Nationwide Financial Network, where he created and implemented a distribution strategy, which involved integrating multiple distribution channels and implementing sales metrics. Hamilton also has served in leadership roles at Merrill Lynch, North American Financial Corporation and Jackson National Life.

Prior to his career in financial services, Hamilton served as a captain in the Armored Cavalry division of the U.S. Army, earning a Bronze Star for valor, the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal and a Presidential Citation during Desert Storm. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

 

American United Life Insurance Company(AUL), a OneAmerica company, established a new general agency in Richmond, Va. And appointed Ryan Leggett, LUTCF, general agent.

Leggett’s agency, Anchor Financial, will offer the products and services of the OneAmerica companies, including life insurance, products with long-term care benefits and retirement services, as well as wealth management and financial guidance to clients throughout Virginia. Leggett has previous experience as agency sales director and registered principal for MetLife and as a financial services professional for New York Life. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA) where he received the Frontline Leader award in 2011. He is also a Life Underwriter Trained Council Fellow (LUTCF) and Leaders in Life (LiLi) graduate. Anchor Financial currently has 11 financial professionals in its Richmond office and plans to open another office in Charlottesville on Jan. 1, 2013. Anchor plans on hiring 50 additional financial professionals over the next three years along with establishing another two locations in Virginia.

 

Securian Financial Group, Inc. made four appointments to the boards of Twin Cities nonprofit organizations.

Michael J. Fogal, manager, Investment Accounting, was elected to the board of directors of Minnesota Landmarks, a non-profit agency dedicated to managing and maintaining Landmark Center as a historic landmark and cultural center. The St. Paul Downtown YMCA welcomed Marnie V. Overman, manager, Group Life Client Relationships to its board of directors. Angela R. Schema, a communications manager at Securian, is a member of the regional board of directors of the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services. The organization serves 106 hospitals in Minnesota, western Wisconsin and eastern South Dakota. Kathleen A. Beck joined the board of the Saint Paul Police Foundation. As manager of corporate Security Operations and Investigations at Securian, she will help guide the SPPF’s efforts to raise funds and support the police department with equipment, technology, training and community programs.