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Lincoln Financial Group Names New Head Of Life Insurance Distribution

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Tom Tooley.JPGTom Tooley has been promoted at Lincoln Financial Group's Hartford offices and will oversee distribution of Lincoln's life insurance and executive-benefits business.

Tooley, 55, of Cheshire, has been named head of Insurance Solutions Distribution for Lincoln Financial Distributors, the wholesale distribution subsidiary of Lincoln Financial Group, the company announced Tuesday.

Tooley will report to Will Fuller, president and CEO of Lincoln Financial Distributors.

"Tom brings more than 30 years of experience and a successful track record across all aspects of the life insurance industry," Fuller said in a prepared statement. "Lincoln is well positioned for strong growth in our life insurance businesses which benefit from positive long-term demographic trends."

Tooley joined Lincoln last year as national sales manager for independent planners. Before that, he was a senior executive overseeing life insurance distribution at The Hartford Financial Services Group. He also had experience working with Travelers Life & Annuity, Smith Barney and Citigroup and Aetna Life & Casualty.

Tooley holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a chartered life underwriter and a chartered financial consultant.

Tooley fills a position left open by Dan Hickey, who is retiring after 13 years with the company and 8 years as the head of Insurance Solutions Distribution.

Lincoln employs about 700 in its Hartford offices.

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Matthew Sturdevant is the insurance reporter at The Hartford Courant. He grew up in East Aurora, N.Y., a small village near Buffalo. He started his journalism career in 1999 ... read more

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