John Hancock Financial Services has appointed James Shepherdson as president of retirement services and SVP. In his new position, Shepherdson will be responsible for sales and marketing of the firm's annuities and life insurance products through third-party channels.

Most recently, he served as co-CEO of MetLife Investors Group.

Prior to MetLife, he served as co-CEO and president of Equitable Distributors and SVP of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, the principal insurance subsidiary of the Equitable Cos.

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