Equitable Distributors Inc., the unit of Equitable Life that distributes variable life insurance and annuities through banks, wire houses, and broker-dealers, has hired four regional vice presidents.

Alexander Ascencios, 30, who had been a senior consultant for Pacific Life Insurance Co.'s annuities division, will be responsible for eastern Texas and Louisiana.

Salvatore Gagliano, 27, who had been a financial services representative for Sun America Life Insurance Co., will be responsible for Michigan.

Michael Smith, 31, who was an account executive at Dean Witter, will be responsible for Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Robert Welbourn, 28, who had been a sales associate at South Coast Financial Securities, will be responsible for western Florida.

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