Sun Life Financial, Mercer, The Guardian Life Insurance Company, Aflac and MetLife recognize employees in this week’s Comings & Goings. Check to see if a colleague is mentioned today.

Sun Life Financial Inc. announces the appointment of Tom Gilligan as national sales manager for voluntary benefits distribution. Reporting to Bob Klein, vice president of voluntary benefits, Gilligan will work from the Wellesley, Mass., home office, leading and developing the voluntary benefits sales team as Sun Life continues to build voluntary capabilities. Gilligan comes to Sun Life from Colonial Life, where he was senior vice president of national sales. Mercer has been recognized with an award of excellence in profiles in Diversity Journal's annual International Innovations in Diversity Awards. The award, which appears in the publication’s July/August 2012 issue, honors organizations that have demonstrated unique, out-of-the box thinking and produced exciting initiatives that enhance workforce diversity and inclusion. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has recognizes David Simkowitz, founder and president of Simkowitz & Co in Brooklyn, N.Y., for winning one of the highest and most coveted awards among Guardian’s 3,400 financial representatives – the Life Quality Business Award. The award joins a long list of achievements for Simkowitz who has consistently been Guardian’s top-performing financial representative. He has also been cited for his extraordinary achievements during his tenure as president of the executive committee, the leader of Guardian’s financial representatives. Aflac Incorporated announces that Eric M. Kirsch has been promoted to executive vice president, global investments, while continuing as global chief investment officer reporting to Aflac Incorporated executive vice president and Deputy Chief Financial Officer Kenneth S. Janke Jr. Kirsch joined Aflac in November 2011 as first senior vice president; global chief investment officer. MetLife announces that John C. R. Hele, will join the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 4. Hele will report to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Steven A. Kandarian and become a member of MetLife’s executive group. Most recently, Hele was executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Arch Capital Group Ltd., a public limited liability company that writes insurance and reinsurance globally through operations in Bermuda, the United States, Europe and Canada. Prior to joining Arch Capital in 2009, he was chief financial officer and a member of the executive board of ING Group N.V., one of the largest global financial services companies. As CFO, Hele was based in Amsterdam and had responsibility for a large global financial function in more than 60 countries. He was also responsible for financial controls and reporting as well as capital management and tax reporting. During his six-year tenure at ING, Hele was also deputy chief financial officer, general manager, and chief insurance risk officer, responsible for global insurance risk management. Hele also served as group actuary.

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