Jim Prieur appointed to Manulife Board of Directors

             Jim Prieur appointed to Manulife Board of Directors

PR Newswire

TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2012

TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC
SEHK:945



TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Manulife Financial Corporation and The
Manufacturers Life Insurance Company announced today that C. James (Jim)
Prieur has been appointed to their Boards of Directors, effective January 1,
2013. Mr. Prieur will sit on the Risk Committee.

Mr. Prieur brings  extensive financial  and insurance  industry experience  to 
Manulife's Boards.  He served  as  Chief Executive  Officer of  CNO  Financial 
Group, Inc. from 2006 until his retirement  in 2011. CNO Financial Group is  a 
life insurance holding company focused on  the senior middle income market  in 
the U.S.

Prior to joining CNO, Mr. Prieur was President and Chief Operating Officer  of 
a major Canada-based international insurance  company where he had  previously 
led operations in Asia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

"We are delighted to  welcome Jim Prieur to  our Board," said Manulife  Chair, 
Gail Cook-Bennett. "Jim's deep  knowledge of insurance  products in Asia  and 
North America, investing expertise and  executive experience will be of  great 
benefit to the Board."

A Chartered  Financial  Analyst,  Mr. Prieur  graduated  from  Royal  Military 
College before going on to receive his Master of Business Administration  from 
the Richard  Ivey  School  at  Western  University. He  is  a  member  of  the 
President's Circle of the Chicago Council  on Global Affairs, and a member  of 
The Pacific Council on International Policy and its China Committee.

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 
manulife.com.



SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

Contact:

Media Inquiries:
Laurie Lupton
(416) 852-7792
laurie_lupton@manulife.com

Investor Relations:
Anthony G. Ostler
(416) 926-5471
anthony_ostler@manulife.com

Anique Asher
416-852-9580
anique_asher@manulife.com
 
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