The Hartford has promoted Brion Johnson to chief investment officer and president of Hartford Investment Management Company, reporting to the company’s CEO Liam E. McGee, effective today.

Johnson succeeds Hugh Whelan, who will retire from the firm following a transition period. Johnson was Hartford Investment Management Company’s chief financial officer and head of strategy and development.

“Hugh played a critical role in successfully repositioning the investment portfolio and leading the organization during this interim period,” stated McGee.