John CarlsonAXA Equitable Life Insurance Company has hired John Carlson, ChFC, as its senior vice president of Life Distribution Management.

Carlson, 55, is responsible for sales of AXA Equitable’s proprietary life products across all distribution channels. He also oversees the company’s life wholesaling teams, national accounts and advanced markets and develops new and complementary life distribution opportunities.

“Bringing John into this critical leadership role puts us in a stronger position to capture greater market share and achieve our aggressive growth objectives,” says David O’Leary, executive vice president and head of AXA’s Financial Protection division.

Before joining AXA Equitable, Carlson was a corporate vice president for MassMutual Financial Group’s U.S. Insurance Group. He has also held senior sales positions at CIGNA Healthcare, Bankers Systems, Digital Equipment Corp. and Wang Laboratories. Carlson holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. from the University of Hartford.