A major annuity manufacturer has announced changes at its distribution arm.

Sun Life Financial U.S., Wellesley Hills, Mass., a unit of Sun Life Financial Inc., Toronto, is combining its employee benefits and annuity distribution organizations in a single entity, the Sun Life Financial U.S. distribution group.

Kevin Hart, now president of the annuity distribution arm, Sun Life Financial Distributors Inc., plans to step down as president of the unit March 31 to spend more time with his family, Sun Life says.

The general manager of the new, combined distribution unit will be Michael Shunney, who has been general manager of the employee benefits group at Sun Life Financial U.S.