John Hancock has named Brandon Buckingham to be national manager of a new special markets planning group.
Buckingham is a Hancock vice president and an advanced planning lawyer, according to Hancock, Boston, a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., Toronto.
The group will set up a network of regional planning experts who will help financial planners and advisors with tax and estate planning issues.
In addition to Buckingham, group members include Jennifer Gugliotti and Dru Donatelli.
Hancock continues to operate a separate, 12-person special markets advisory group, which is based in Boston.
In other personnel news:
- Symetra Financial Corp., Bellevue, Wash., has hired Tim Duff to be a regional vice president in the Central region for the company’s advisor channel.
Duff, who will distribute variable annuities and Symetra’s life insurance asset management product, previously was a vice president of marketing at Sun Life Financial Inc., Toronto.
Duff has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Minnesota.
- Life Partner Holdings Inc., Waco, Texas, has hired David Martin to be chief financial officer.