John Hancock Retirement Plan Services Announces Regional VP Moves

Howard Joelson and Bridgette Rutter Take On New Territories

Jun 01, 2010, 10:00 ET from John Hancock Retirement Plan Services

BOSTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (RPS) announced today that two regional vice presidents (RVPs) will take on new territories. Effective immediately, Howard Joelson will become the RVP for San Diego and Hawaii regions and Bridgette Rutter will become the RVP for Orange County. Joelson was previously responsible for sales and service in Orange County, while Rutter was responsible for RPS's Bank Channel.

Joelson brings more than two decades' worth of financial services experience to his new territories. A 23-year veteran of John Hancock, he assumes the former post of Cheney Hunt, who was recently named Regional Sales Manager for John Hancock Retirement Plan Services' Midwest Region. Joelson will be based in the company's San Diego sales office.

"Howard has earned a reputation as one of our most knowledgeable and well-respected sales professionals," said Tom Bruns, Divisional Vice President, Western Division, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. "The specialized expertise and leadership experience he brings will serve as key assets to our clients in San Diego and Hawaii. We congratulate him on this opportunity."

Rutter, who has an extensive background in sales, most recently served as RVP of Retirement Plan Services Bank Channel. In her new position, she will be based in the company's Irvine sales and service office. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

"Bridgette first joined John Hancock as a sales associate in the Bank Channel and quickly established herself as one of our company's up and coming stars. As Bank Channel RVP, she was able to grow new revenue by an impressive 30 percent," said Bruns. "We congratulate her on this move and have every confidence that her drive and enthusiasm will be well received by our clients in the Orange County region."

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