The Hartford Financial Services, an insurance and wealth management firm, has appointed James Eckerle as new executive vice president of Strategic Initiatives and Enterprise Technology.

In this newly created role, Eckerle will report to Liam McGee chairman, president and CEO of The Hartford.

He will join The Hartford from Bank of America where he most recently served as senior vice president of Global Transition, Quality and Change.

Eckerle has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a particular focus on change management and process improvement.