John Hancock Financial said that Sebastian Pariath has been named as the head of John Hancock Operations, a newly created role in which he will lead the company’s information-services department.

Pariath, whose appointment is effective Jan. 1, will report to Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock Financial, the company said in a press release. John Hancock is a Boston-based division Manulife Financial Corp., a large financial services company headquartered in Toronto.

Pariath previously served as vice president of transformation initiatives and global services for Manulife Financial in Toronto.

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“As head of operations, Sebastian will work closely with leaders of John Hancock’s business units to leverage the enormous expertise that exists throughout our organization to create an environment of collaboration and innovation in our operations areas,” Bromley said in a statement.