John Hancock Names Hector Martinez Head of Insurance

Martinez will support John Hancock’s long-standing distribution relationships, advanced products, underwriting experience and leadership in behavioral insurance.

(Hector Martinez, Head of Insurance, John Hancock. Image source: John Hancock.)

John Hancock (Boston), along with its Toronto-based parent company Manulife, has announced that Hector Martinez has joined the company today as its new Head of Insurance.

Martinez joins John Hancock from Equitable (New York) where he led all aspects of the company’s individual life insurance business, including new business development, underwriting, and life insurance product development and distribution. Before Equitable, Martinez served for over a decade in leadership positions at Crump Life Insurance Services.

Brooks Tingle, President and CEO, John Hancock Insurance.

“When it came to finding a new leader for our insurance business, it was essential that the person have the right combination of industry experience and acumen alongside a proven track record of innovation,” comments Brooks Tingle, president and CEO, John Hancock. “As we grow our business, deliver on our digital ambitions, and help our customers live longer, healthier, better lives, we know Hector will champion future-forward thinking that will help us further reshape and digitize our business and our industry.”

Building on Distribution Relationships

A graduate of Lehigh University, Martinez brings decades of insurance industry experience to John Hancock. In his new role, he will support and build upon John Hancock’s long-standing distribution relationships, top-flight products and underwriting expertise, and the company’s leadership in behavioral insurance.

“Hector also shares not just our commitment to excellence but also our steadfast commitment to our distribution model,” adds Tingle. “We’re excited to see the momentum he will bring to help strengthen our existing distribution relationships while also fostering new ones.”

Martinez will report to Tingle and serve on John Hancock’s U.S. Leadership Team, as well as Manulife’s Global Leadership Team. Martinez was featured on Insurance Innovation Reporter’s Life Accelerated series, produced in partnership with Equisoft (Montreal).

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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