David F. D'Alessandro

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DEFINITION of 'David F. D'Alessandro'

A former CEO, chairman and president of John Hancock Financial Services and former president and COO of Canadian insurer Manulife Financial Corporation. At John Hancock, D'Alessandro proved himself by creating a new ad campaign to gain clients and better connecting with existing ones. He led John Hancock's initial public offering in 1998 and its merger with Manulife in 2004.

BREAKING DOWN 'David F. D'Alessandro'

D'Alessandro was born in 1951 in New York State and earned his bachelor of science degree from Utica College in 1972. He then began working for public relations firm Daniel J. Edelman as an account supervisor. He joined Citibank Commercial Services in 1979 and began working for John Hancock in 1984, becoming its CEO and president in 1996 and its chairman in 2001. He became president and COO of Manulife when it acquired John Hancock in 2004 and retired shortly thereafter.


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