Sebastian Pariath To Lead John Hancock Operations

              Sebastian Pariath To Lead John Hancock Operations

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2012

BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --John Hancock Financial, the US division
of Manulife Financial Corporation, has named Sebastian Pariath as head of John
Hancock Operations, effective January 1, 2013. In this new role, Mr. Pariath
will report to Craig Bromley, President of John Hancock Financial.

Since January of 2012, Mr. Pariath has served as Vice President,
Transformation Initiatives, Global Services, for Manulife Financial in
Toronto, where he led a team charged with transforming the global information
services organization into a global service-oriented team structure. Prior to
that, he served as Vice President & Managing Corporate Officer, Information
Services & Insurance Operations, for Manulife Life Insurance Company, Ltd., in

"As Head of Operations, Sebastian will work closely with leaders of John
Hancock's business units to leverage the enormous expertise that exists
throughout our organization to create an environment of collaboration and
innovation in our Operations areas," said Mr. Bromley. "He will also work to
establish more shared services and take advantage of economies of scale. In
his work in Japan, Sebastian led improvements in Operations that resulted in
key innovations for the front office and the business overall, and I am
confident that his efforts on behalf of John Hancock will yield similar

Mr. Pariath joined Manulife Life Insurance Company, Ltd., in Tokyo, in May of
2005, as Chief Architect & Assistant Vice President, responsible for
information technology operations. Previously he worked at Prudential & Aoba
Life Insurance Company, Ltd., in Tokyo, at the Union Bank of Switzerland in
Singapore and Tokyo, and at Modi Olivetti in Mumbai. He holds a Bachelor of
Engineering (Honors) in Electronics from Mumbai University, India.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial

John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading
Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia,
Canada and the United States. In 2012, John Hancock celebrates 150 years of
serving clients across the United States, while Manulife Financial celebrates
its 125^th anniversary. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia,
and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients
a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management
services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution
partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries
were C$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 30, 2012. 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

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed
products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college
savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about
John Hancock may be found at

SOURCE John Hancock Financial

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