A large insurer has created a new unit that combines sales and distribution for investment and retirement products.

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Hartford, says the unit, Hartford Life Distributors, will unite the internal and external sales units, marketing and sales support teams, strategic relationship management groups and business development areas that support Hartford’s mutual funds, annuities, 401k plans and 529 college savings program.

The unit has a total of $25 billion in deposits and 240 professionals in its field sales force, Hartford says.

Kevin Connor, an executive vice president who has been leading marketing, relationship management and business development for investment and retirement products, will lead the new unit, the company says.