Manulife Establishes Mental Health Specialist Team

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On April 24th, 2014 Manulife announced that a Mental Health Specialist team is to guide the management of disability claims.

A unique offering delivering faster and appropriate care for those with mental health conditions

Waterloo – Manulife Financial announced today the establishment of a national Mental Health Specialist team that will work with Disability Case Managers to guide the management of all mental health disability claims and help ensure appropriate treatment and support is in place. This is the first team of its kind in the Canadian insurance industry and all of the team members have extensive backgrounds in mental health. The team will be led by Dr. Georgia Pomaki, who has a Ph.D. in occupational mental health and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

“According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 500,000 Canadians will miss work every day due to mental illness, costing the Canadian economy $51B annually,” said Kathy McIlwham, Vice-President, Group Life and Disability,  Manulife. “To address this significant concern and support our clients, we developed a Mental Health Specialist team that will guide and support our Disability Case Managers in the management of mental health disability claims – the leading cause of our long term disability claims.”

Mental health claims are a leading concern for Canadian employers as they account for an average of 30 per cent* of short and long term disability claims. Manulife embarked on a yearlong mental health pilot that saw a decrease in claim durations and recurrences. Focused oversight, coaching and expertise provided in the pilot lead to improved outcomes for claimants and employers. These are early indicators of the positive affect the team could have nationally for Manulife’s clients.

“I am proud to lead a specialized and committed team that is delivering excellent outcomes for our clients and their employees,” said Dr. Georgia Pomaki.  “As a mental health professional with over 10 years of experience in workplace mental health, I am very impressed with Manulife’s commitment to improving the mental health of Canadians by developing a national Mental Health Specialist team.”

This initiative aligns with Manulife’s strong commitment to mental health as part of a comprehensive health, wellness and disability strategy that covers the entire health continuum. This commitment to positive mental health has been recognized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), who recently accepted Manulife into a three-year pilot as an early adopter of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, Promotion, and Guidance to Staged Implementation.

Biography Dr. Georgia Pomaki, Vancouver
Dr. Georgia Pomaki received her Ph.D. in Occupational Mental Health in 2003 and her Clinical Psychology Master’s in 1998. Dr. Pomaki also received the designation of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) in 2011. She has clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and family therapy. She has taught clinical courses extensively at universities at the graduate and undergraduate levels and is currently teaching a course on Mental Health in Disability Management at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Pomaki is also a lead author of the Best Practices for Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Interventions for Workers with Mental Health Conditions. Dr. Pomaki joined Manulife in 2011 and her current role involves leading the mental health specialists, implementing best practices and providing guidance and coaching to case managers on the management of psychological health claims.

*According to Mental Health Commission of Canada and the World Health Organization.

Media Contact:

Rebecca Freiburger
Manulife Financial

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National Bank of Canada New Chairman and Election Results

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National Bank of Canada Announces Election of Directors: Jean Houde Named New Chairman of the Board

Montreal, 10 April 2014 –

National Bank of Canada (the “Bank”) (TSX: NA) announced today that each director nominee listed in the Management Proxy Circular dated February 21, 2014 was elected as Director of the Bank during the Annual Meeting of the Holders of Common Shares held today in Calgary, Alberta. In addition, Jean Houde becomes the new Chairman of the Board, replacing the outgoing Jean Douville who is retiring after serving as Chairman for some 10 years.

The details of the election are as follows:

DIRECTOR NOMINEE

OUTCOME

FOR

% FOR

WITHHELD

% WITHHELD

Maryse Bertrand

Elected

158, 481, 341

99.16

1, 341, 100

0.84

Lawrence S. Bloomberg

Elected

158, 772, 401

99.34

1, 053, 027

0.66

Pierre Boivin

Elected

158, 814, 476

99.37

1, 010, 912

0.63

André Caillé

Elected

158, 320, 638

99.06

1, 504, 790

0.94

Gérard Coulombe

Elected

158, 112, 618

98.93

1, 712, 810

1.07

Bernard Cyr

Elected

158, 848, 844

99.39

976, 584

0.61

Gillian H. Denham

Elected

158, 289, 061

99.04

1, 536, 327

0.96

Richard Fortin

Elected

158, 885, 064

99.41

940, 364

0.59

Jean Houde

Elected

158, 046, 275

98.89

1, 779,153

1.11

Louise Laflamme

Elected

159, 483, 743

99.79

341, 685

0.21

Julie Payette

Elected

159, 291, 154

99.67

534, 274

0.33

Roseann Runte

Elected

158, 748, 381

99.33

1, 077, 047

0.67

Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

Elected

153, 946, 215

96.32

5, 879, 028

3.68

Pierre Thabet

Elected

159, 478, 887

99.78

346, 541

0.22

Louis Vachon

Elected

158, 664, 470

99.27

1, 162, 024

0.73

Information

Marie-Pierre Jodoin
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank

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Manulife Vietnam’s Unit-linked Policies Achieved Outstanding Investment Returns in 2013

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Ho Chi Minh City – Manulife Vietnam has reported high investment returns for 2013 for its Regular Premium Unit-Linked (RPUL) product thanks to the outstanding performance of the Aggressive Fund, the Growth Fund and the Balance Fund, which achieved investment returnsi of 28.6 per cent, 23.2 per cent and 19.2 per cent for the calendar year, respectively. Both the Aggressive and Growth Funds achieved higher returns than that of the benchmark, VN Index (22 per cent) over the same period despite these Funds having lower risk profiles than direct investments in the VN Index. This is the second consecutive that year all RPUL funds generated double-digit returns. RPUL is one of Manulife Vietnam’s investment-linked insurance products which combine protection and savings through investments in three unit-linked funds which are professionally managed by Manulife Asset Management (Vietnam) Company Limited (ManulifeAM VN).

At the end of 2013, after over five years of operations, the Funds’ Net Asset Value achieved significant growth with the returnsii of the Aggressive, Growth, and Balance fund respectively at 59 per cent, 68 per cent and 85 per cent, significantly exceeding the performance of the VN Index (35 per cent) over the same period. This outstanding performance is the result of ManulifeAM VN’s dedication and expertise in fund management. ManulifeAM VN focused on stock selection and asset allocation between equities and cash in addition to effective fixed income investments.

“I’m very proud to share this good news as the continued success of ManulifeAM VN’s investment funds in 2013 has helped the RPUL product maximize its insurance benefits and asset values for our clients,” said Mr. Indren S. Naidoo, Regional Chief Executive Officer for Manulife Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. “I am confident that with the recovery of the market in 2014, this RPUL will continue to be one of the suitable plans in our comprehensive product portfolio that can well meet Vietnamese clients’ diversified financial needs through its comprehensive protection benefits and investment opportunities.”

About Manulife Vietnam
Manulife Vietnam is a member of Manulife Financial and its vision is to be the most professional financial services organization in Vietnam. Established in June 1999, Manulife Vietnam is proud to be the first 100 per cent foreign-owned life insurer in Vietnam. The Company has a network of close to 30 sales offices in 23 major cities, serving over 420,000 policies through more than 13,000 professional agents.

As one of the top players in the market, Manulife Vietnam offers a wide range of innovative life insurance products which are supported by the most effective and value-added services in the market today. Whatever their stage in life, Manulife Vietnam can help its clients feel more financially secure with a life insurance plan that meets their specific needs – whether it’s family protection, education, retirement or investment solutions. An advantage of Manulife Vietnam is Manulife Asset Management (Vietnam) Company Ltd (ManulifeAM VN), which is one of the first fund management companies established in Vietnam and professionally operates funds, portfolio management and investments, further expanding Manulife Vietnam’s product offerings for its customers.

Besides its professional agency force, Manulife Vietnam is the market leader in bancassurance through the partnership with leading foreign and local banks. It is also the only life insurer in the market that has developed a micro-insurance program for poor women in the rural areas in partnership with Vietnam Women’s Union. This meaningful program supports the government in universalizing insurance knowledge, contributing to the social welfare, decreasing poverty and instilling the habit of savings to the Vietnamese people.

About ManulifeAM VN
Manulife Asset Management (Vietnam) Company Limited (ManulifeAM VN) is an affiliate of Manulife Asset Management™ – the institutional asset management arm of Manulife Financial. Our clients benefit from the in-depth local market expertise of empowered, inter-connected investment professionals across Asia, North America and Europe, underpinned by world-class investment and risk management processes and the backing of a global leader in financial services, Manulife Financial Corporation.

ManulifeAM VN was licensed by the Ho Chi Minh City Planning and Investment Department under Business Registration Certificate No. 4104000117 on 10 June 2005 and received the Fund Management License No. 04/UBCK-GPHDQLQ from the State Securities Commission (SSC) of Vietnam on 14 June 2005; Decision No. 413/Q?-UBCK dated 12 July 2007; Amendment Licenses No. 06/UBCK-GPHDQLQ dated 11 October 2007; 80/UBCK-GP?C dated 16 November 2010; 23/GP?C – UBCK dated 24 November 2011; 39/GP?C-UBCK dated 29 June 2012; 5/GP?C-UBCK dated 07 Feb 2014.

ManulifeAM VN is an independently managed asset management company, which reports to the SSC.

ManulifeAM VN is fully staffed by licensed investment professionals and provides a full range of products and services commensurate with a top tier investment management company. Assets under Management as of 31 December 2013 amounted to US$390 million equivalent.

For more information, please contact:

 

In Vietnam:
Tran Phu Anh Tuan
Head of Marketing
Manulife (Vietnam) Limited
Tel: (84-8) 5416 6888
Fax: (84-8) 5416 1818

In Asia:

David Norris
Regional Communications
Manulife Financial,
Tel: (852) 2202 1749
Fax: (852) 2510 5889

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Manulife Appoints Senior Executives in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong — Manulife has announced the appointment of three senior executives in Hong Kong.

Ivan Chan, in his new role as Assistant Vice-President, Business Development, Individual Financial Products for Manulife Hong Kong, has a prime focus of expanding the company’s individual insurance business in Hong Kong, and marketing its wide range of insurance products through agency and other distribution channels.

Mr. Chan was most recently Assistant Vice-President, Field Management with Manulife Hong Kong, responsible for managing the sales and recruitment of its agency force and developing strategic directions for the team. Prior to that, he was transferred to Manulife Insurance Berhad, Malaysia as Chief Agency Development Officer in 2011, responsible for agency development, product development and related marketing functions. He joined Manulife in 1999 as a management trainee and took up several roles in individual product marketing and agency operations in both Hong Kong and Macau. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

Kenneth Luk has been appointed as Assistant Vice-President, Marketing and Customer Service for Manulife Hong Kong, responsible for formulating strategies and strengthening communications for customer-centric marketing programmes in relation to customer marketing, digital marketing and customer call centres, with a view to further enhancing customer experiences.

Mr. Luk has extensive experience in consumer banking, primarily in the areas of segment marketing and e-business. Before joining Manulife, he worked in several major banks with responsibilities spanning from customer touchpoint management to consumer marketing. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, both from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Martin Lau, in the newly created role as Assistant Vice-President, Greater China Development at Manulife Asia, is based in Hong Kong, responsible for supporting the company’s strategic initiatives for its Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan business units, and closely monitoring emerging business opportunities in the region.

Since joining in 2007, Mr. Lau has served in various roles and business units within Manulife, including Investments, Corporate, Asia Division Regional Office, and Manulife-Sinochem Life. His most recent position was Assistant Vice-President, Asia Corporate Development, where he worked on a number of inorganic growth opportunities. He holds a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Engineering Science, both from the University of Toronto.

Photos:

Ivan Chan

Ivan Chan
Assistant Vice-President
Business Development, Individual Financial Products
Manulife (International) Limited

Kenneth Luk

Kenneth Luk

Assistant Vice-President
Marketing and Customer Service
Manulife (International) Limited

Martin Lau

Martin Lau

Assistant Vice-President
Greater China Development
Manulife Financial Asia Limited

About Manulife (International) Limited

Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies.

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were approximately C$599 billion (HK$4,367 billion) as at December 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

About Manulife Financial Asia Limited
Manulife Financial Asia Limited is one of the three constituent divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation.

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were approximately C$599 billion (HK$4,367 billion) as at December 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

Media Contact:
Jacqueline Kam / Irina Kwan
Manulife (International) Limited

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Manulife Financial Corporation dividends for December 19, 2013

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TORONTO – Manulife Financial Corporation’s Board of Directors today announced a quarterly shareholders’ dividend of $0.13 per share on the common shares of Manulife Financial Corporation (the “Company”), payable on and after December 19, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2013.

The Board also declared dividends on the following non-cumulative preferred shares, payable on or after December 19, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 19, 2013.

• Class A Shares Series 1 – $0.25625 per share
• Class A Shares Series 2 – $0.29063 per share
• Class A Shares Series 3 – $0.28125 per share
• Class A Shares Series 4 – $0.4125 per share
• Class 1 Shares Series 1 – $0.35 per share
• Class 1 Shares Series 3 – $0.2625 per share
• Class 1 Shares Series 5 – $0.275 per share
• Class 1 Shares Series 7 – $0.2875 per share
• Class 1 Shares Series 9 – $0.275 per share
• Class 1 Shares Series 11 – $0.25 per share
• Class 1 Shares Series 13 – $0.2375 per share

In respect of the Company’s December 19, 2013 common share dividend payment date, the Board has decided that the Company will issue common shares in connection with the reinvestment of dividends and optional cash purchases pursuant to the Company’s Canadian Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan and its U.S. Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan. The price of common shares purchased with reinvested dividends will be reduced by a two (2%) per cent discount from the market price, as determined pursuant to the applicable plan.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$574.6 billion (US$558.7 billion) as at September 30, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK.

Media inquiries: Sean B. Pasternak
Investor Relations: Steven Moore

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Manulife Sponsors Breast-Cancer Awareness in Hong Kong

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Manulife proud to be pink to boost breast-cancer awareness

Hong Kong — Once again, Manulife showed its solid support for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s awareness-raising “Dress Pink Day”, with many of its employees turning up to work in something pink — either a complete clothing item or an accessory — and making a donation to the charity.

“At Manulife, we encourage everyone to join us in being proud to be pink and wave the flag for breast-cancer awareness every October. This is a cause that has touched many of us one way or another and we are all committed to giving something back and supporting the free breast-cancer services that will continue to change lives now and in the future,” remarked Helena Lee, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications, Manulife (International) Limited.

She went on to say: “We pride ourselves on having been officially designated a ‘Caring Company’ title from the Hong Kong Council of Social Service since 2002; it recognizes the caring spirit that comes so naturally to all who work here.”

Manulife has been an active supporter of the Hong Kong Cancer Fund for 16 years and has backed the “Pink Revolution” since 2008. The idea behind it is that wearing something in such a striking colour will be a conversation-starter that will lead people to talk about the disease, and show how determined the campaign’s supporters are to the fight against it.

Founded in 1987, the Hong Kong Cancer Fund is one of Hong Kong’s leading cancer-care organizations. The “Pink Revolution” is its annual breast-cancer awareness and fund-raising campaign to promote the importance of early detection and raise money towards its free breast-cancer support services.

About Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies.

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$567 billion (HK$4,183 billion) as at June 30, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

Media Contact:
Jacqueline Kam / Irina Kwan
Manulife (International) Limited
Tel: (852) 2202 1284 / 2510 5760
Fax: (852) 2234 6875

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Manulife Japan New Executive Appointments

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Manulife Japan Announces Appointment of New Executive

Tokyo – Manulife Life Insurance Company (“Manulife Japan”; President & CEO: Gavin Robinson) announced the appointment of Sumiko Asai as Vice President, Corporate Officer and Chief Marketing Officer (“CMO”) effective November 11, 2013.

Ms. Asai has more than fifteen years of extensive experience in marketing and communications accumulated through assuming various roles in the area at both domestic and foreign companies including PCA Life Insurance Company and J. Walter Thompson Japan. Asai-san joins Manulife Japan from Zurich Insurance Company (Tokyo) where she headed the public relations area. As the head of the Branding, Marketing & Communications team of Manulife Japan, she will focus on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of its function to support the business of the company.

As of November 11, 2013

New Title Name
Vice President, Corporate Officer and Chief Marketing Officer (“CMO”) Sumiko Asai

About Manulife
Manulife Life Insurance Company (“Manulife Japan”) is a member of the Manulife Financial Group.

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$567 billion (US$539 billion) as at June 30, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com. Manulife Japan can be found on the Internet atwww.manulife.co.jp.

Media Contact
Saeko Yoshioka
Communications Department
Manulife Life Insurance Company (www.manulife.co.jp)
Tel: 042-442-7180

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Manulife to Present at Barclays Americas Select Franchise Conference 2013

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Manulife Financial Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Steve Roder to Present at the Barclays Americas Select Franchise Conference 2013

Toronto – Steve Roder, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Manulife Financial, is scheduled to present at the Barclays Americas Select Franchise Conference 2013 in London on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm BST.

Interested parties may access the live audio webcast through manulife.com/presentations. An archived version of the replay audio will be available the day after the live event at the same location for six months.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$555 billion (US$547 billion) as at March 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ’945′ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation

For further information:
Media inquiries:
Laurie Lupton – (416) 852-7792
Sean B. Pasternak – (416) 852-2745

Investor Relations:
Steven Moore – (416) 926-6495
Anique Asher – (416) 852-9580

 

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Manulife Asset Management Hires New Emerging Markets Debt Portfolio Management Team

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Continues expansion of global debt and equity capabilities

Third addition of seasoned portfolio managers this year

Boston – Manulife Asset Management announced it has added a new Emerging Markets Debt portfolio management team, its third such addition of seasoned portfolio managers in as many months. Effective immediately, Roberto Sanchez-Dahl, CFA, and Paolo H. Valle have joined the firm as Managing Directors and senior portfolio managers; they will be members of Manulife Asset Management’s global fixed income team.

They will manage an emerging markets debt strategy for institutional clients and certain wealth management businesses of Manulife Financial and John Hancock, and will report to Christopher Conkey, Global Chief Investment Officer of Manulife Asset Management. The team will also support other global debt strategies investing in emerging market debt.

“We are very pleased to add portfolio managers of the caliber of Roberto and Paolo to our global fixed income team, and welcome them to Manulife Asset Management. Their well-defined investment process and disciplined approach to alpha generation in EM debt represents a strong cultural fit with our investment organization. We believe that emerging markets debt, along with other global debt and equity strategies, will continue to be key areas of interest for our clients and investors, offering diversification and potential for attractive long-term returns,” said Mr. Conkey.

Mr. Sanchez-Dahl most recently was with Federated Investment Management Company, since 2001 as an emerging markets senior portfolio manager, and as an investment analyst since 1997. He previously served as an associate in the Credit Department at Goldman Sachs in New York City, from 1994 to 1997. He began his career with Moody’s Investors Service in New York. He holds a BS in mechanical electric engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, an associate degree in corporate finance from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Valle served, since 2004, as a Vice President at Federated Investment Management and most recently was an emerging markets senior portfolio manager. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer of Ramirez Asset Management in New York City, from 2001 to 2004. Prior to that, he was a managing partner with Valle Advisors, and a first vice president and Head of the Emerging markets and International Fixed Income group with Merrill Lynch Investment Management, both in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in business administration from the Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru.

The team’s disciplined approach has driven proven investment performance. As of March 31, 2013, eVestment ranked their emerging markets debt strategy in the top decile on a three-year basis, and top quartile on a five-year basis when evaluated in the Emerging Markets Fixed Income-Hedged universe1.

Manulife Asset Management’s new Emerging Markets Debt team is the firm’s third addition of portfolio management teams this year, helping to build out the firm’s product set and expand the depth and breadth of its global equity and fixed income teams.

1Note: Past performance is not indicative of future results.

About Manulife Asset Management
Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife Financial. Manulife Asset Management provides comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the world. Manulife Asset Management also provides investment management services to affiliates’ retail clients through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of asset classes including equity, fixed income and alternative investments such as real estate, timber, farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies.

Manulife Asset Management has offices with full investment capabilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, it has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife TEDA. It also has operations in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay. John Hancock Asset Management, Hancock Natural Resource Group and Declaration Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management. As at March 31, 2013, assets under management were C$252 billion. Additional information about Manulife Asset Management can be found at ManulifeAM.com.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$555 billion (US$547 billion) as at March 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

Contact:
Beth McGoldrick
617-663-4751

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Manulife Financial Makes 2012 Public Accountability Statement

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2012 Statement includes increased reporting detail and year-to-year comparable data

Toronto – Manulife Financial has today released its 2012 Public Accountability Statement. The statement, which reviews Manulife’s commitment to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, excellence in business conduct and corporate governance during the previous year, is now available for download at manulife.com.

The 2012 Statement highlights the Company’s continuing efforts in Canada, Asia and the United States to build stronger communities, promote health and wellness, support educational initiatives for young people and tomorrow’s leaders, enhance environmental sustainability and harness the power of volunteering in the community.

“Our company has a long, proud tradition of giving back to the communities where our employees, agents and customers live and work,” says Donald Guloien, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Financial.

New in Manulife’s 2012 Public Accountability Statement are increased details, context, and metrics  that help quantify the impacts of Manulife’s programs and initiatives, whether of an economic, social or environmental nature.

Highlights from the 2012 Statement include:

Economic Impact:
Manulife is proud of the role that it is able to play in facilitating positive economic impacts in the communities where it operates by virtue of its day-to-day operations. Above and beyond these ongoing business activities, the Company engaged in a broad range of additional initiatives in 2012 which generated positive economic benefits in Canada, Asia and in the United States.

Manulife believes in the importance of partnering with organizations which help to promote active, healthy lifestyles among its global customer base and which give back to the local community. The Company is proud of the significant economic impacts that arose through its sponsorship of events in 2012, such as the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic and the Boston Marathon.

In Vietnam, the Company continued offering micro-insurance policies, which it began offering in 2009. With premiums of roughly $1 per month, the policies help women (most of whom are farmers) who want to protect themselves and their families from the risks associated with accidents, disease and natural disasters. The introduction of micro-insurance to this region helps contribute to social welfare, eliminate poverty and create awareness of savings to area residents.

Social Impact:
As in previous years, the Company encouraged its employees in 2012 to volunteer at the local community level. Volunteerism has always been a priority at Manulife and being active participants in improving local communities is a vital part of the organization’s culture. In 2012, Manulife employees and distribution partners volunteered 380,745 hours to a wide range of charities and causes. Employee donation of time is an important contribution and a way to extend the power of our corporate donations.

“We believe every volunteer act helps contribute to better outcomes for everyone,” adds Nicole Boivin, Senior Vice President and Chief Branding & Communications Officer. “At the same time, we think it’s a forward-thinking approach toward being an engaged community partner.”

Environmental Impact:
Through its ongoing commitment to sustainable investment, demonstrated by the Company’s investments in renewable energy, forest land management and volunteer programs, Manulife is helping protect biodiversity and fragile ecosystems around the world. From recycling and conservation programs to the generation of renewable energy, the Company continued to adopt environmentally friendly practices in its global office locations and throughout its global real estate portfolio during 2012.

Manulife also continued to pursue opportunities to increase the effectiveness of its business operations, while minimizing impact on the environment.  These efforts included the use of property management technologies, the introduction of data server virtualization and initiatives to encourage the reuse and recycling of electronic waste. Data on the Company’s carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, paper use and waste diversion are presented in the 2012 Statement.

Manulife Bank:
During the course of 2012, Manulife Bank surpassed $1 billion in shareholder’s equity. As such, Manulife Bank was required to prepare its first public accountability statement for its public accountability activities in 2012, which can be found on pages 44-46 of the 2012 Statement.

The full Public Accountability Statement is available online at www.manulife.com/governance

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$555 billion (US$547 billion) as at March 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

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