The Hartford promoted Brion Johnson to CIO and president of Hartford Investment Management Co., and Martha Gervasi as executive VP of human resources. Both executives report to the company’s chairman, president and CEO, Liam E. McGee.

Johnson succeeds Hugh Whelan, who was named the acting head of Hartford Investment Management Co., following the departure of the previous leader. Whelan will retire from the firm after a transition period, as was his ultimate intent when he assumed the interim leadership role. Gervasi succeeds Eileen Whelley, who has decided to pursue a new opportunity with a global insurer.

Johnson was Hartford Investment Management Co.’s CFO and head of strategy and development. Prior to joining The Hartford, Johnson worked with PPM America Inc., the North American subsidiary of Prudential Plc.

Gervasi joined The Hartford as senior VP of human resources for the company’s consumer markets business as well as the finance and enterprise risk management functions. In January 2012, Gervasi assumed the role of human resources lead for the company’s commercial markets division. Prior to joining The Hartford, Gervasi worked with Saudi Basic Industries Corp. and General Electric Corp.

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