James Boyle, president of John Hancock Financial Services, announced that Brian Heapps has been named president of John Hancock Financial Network.

In this position, Heapps is responsible for all aspects of JHFN, the company's national network of independent firms, and its broker-dealer, Signator Investors.

In 1987, Heapps joined John Hancock as a financial representative and 10 years later founded the independent JHFN firm Keystone Financial Management. He joined JHFN’s home office in 2007 and has served as EVP, agency sales and development since then. He holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. Heapps replaces Peter Gordon who has become the general manager of John Hancock Retirement Plan Services.

“I am pleased that Brian will be continuing the tremendous work that he and Peter Gordon began in JHFN five years ago,” said Boyle. “His wealth of experience, both in the field and in the home office, makes him a natural to take JHFN forward.”

Another promotion at the company sees Bruce Harrington taking on the role of VP, sales and business development. His duties will include taking on some of Heapp’s previous responsibilities. In his new role, Harrington is responsible for JHFN sales across all product lines, relationships with all product sponsors and recruiting.

A third promotion announced at the company was that of Matt Rigatti being appointed assistant VP of field resources. Rigatti, in his new role, will be responsible for setting strategy and overseeing JHFN’s field facing teams including firm financing, information technology and supervision.

"Now that our team is in place, we’re uniquely positioned to be in an assertive sales and growth mode for 2012,” said Heapps. “Creating a more field-facing team should provide even more support to help our national network of independent advisors as they look to grow their businesses.”

Mary Ann Tasoulas writes for Money Management Executive.