John Hancock Financial Services of Boston has chosen Kathleen Graveline to head the firm's acquisitions group. The move is part of the firm's plan to develop new growth opportunities and seek acquisition targets outside of its existing line of businesses.

Graveline, an executive VP who is head of Hancock's retail life and long-term care insurance and annuity businesses, will "aggressively explore new books of business and outside business opportunities," said David D'Alessandro, CEO of Hancock.

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