Manulife's Chair and Controller Named to Canada's Most Powerful Women List

Manulife's Chair and Controller Named to Canada's Most Powerful Women List 
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Each year WXN celebrates a select group of 
outstanding women leaders for strong contributions to their chosen 
organizations, fields of endeavour and their communities. The 2012's top 
achievers were announced yesterday and included Manulife Financial's Gail 
Cook-Bennett, Board Chair and Lynda Sullivan, Executive Vice President and 
Dr. Cook-Bennett receives this award for her contributions to governance and 
support of increasing Board diversity. She has also been a mentor to 
board-ready women and lends her time and expertise to several not-for-profit 
Recently Dr. Cook-Bennett worked with Manulife's board as they pledged to 
increase the representation of women on the board of directors, joining a 
national initiative called the Catalyst Accord that is designed to boost the 
overall proportion of women on the boards of Canada's largest companies. "We 
are committed to attracting directors with excellent relevant skills and 
experience, with the highest level of integrity and judgment," said Dr. 
Cook-Bennett. "Manulife's existing diverse board is the result of our 
commitment to find excellent directors whose backgrounds also fit the 
company's strategic direction and business challenges. We have demonstrated 
that outstanding women meeting our demanding criteria are available." 
Dr. Cook-Bennett added, "Manulife is an incubator of top executive talent and 
it is wonderful to share this honour with Lynda Sullivan. I am confident that 
many of Manulife's top executives will be in demand on boards in the future." 
Ms. Sullivan is being recognized for her contributions to the ongoing 
development of international accounting standards that affect the global 
insurance industry. Her dedication to simplicity and transparency in 
financial reporting is essential in today's financial reporting environment. 
She is also deeply committed to her ongoing mentorship of future leaders and 
actively develops Manulife's human capital. 
"I am very grateful and humbled to have been named again. To be recognized on 
this distinguished list alongside Gail is a special honour," said Ms. Sullivan. 
This is Dr. Cook-Bennett's third time being recognized in the Corporate 
Directors category and Ms. Sullivan's second time being recognized by 
Corporate Executives. 
"We're very proud that these women are being recognized not only for their 
leadership within Manulife, but for their significant contributions outside 
the Company," added Stephani Kingsmill, Executive Vice President of Human 
Resources and Communications for Manulife Financial. 
In addition to the WXN recognition, Manulife Financial was also recently 
identified as a Top 100 Employer in Canada in October and Top 100 Employer for 
Young People this past September. 
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About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with 
principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, we 
celebrate 125 years of providing clients 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$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 30, 2012. 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 
Media contact: Tracy Van Kalsbeek Manulife Financial 519-594-4697 
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation 
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