Manulife Financial Recognized for Best Overall Corporate Governance, International, at Corporate Governance Awards in New York

Manulife Financial Recognized for Best Overall Corporate Governance, 
International, at Corporate Governance Awards in New York 
TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial was recognized as having the 
Best Overall Corporate Governance in the International category at the annual 
Corporate Governance Awards held earlier this month in New York. 
This is the fifth year that Corporate Secretary, a leading U.S. governance and 
compliance publication, has celebrated top companies and professionals in the 
corporate governance, compliance and legal community for demonstrating 
innovation and best practices in the field of governance. 
Manulife's leadership in corporate governance, including board structure and 
renewal, board effectiveness and company transparency and enhanced disclosure 
were key factors for the panel of expert judges. 
"We are deeply honoured by this recognition of our efforts," said Dr. Gail 
Cook-Bennett, Manulife Financial's Board Chair. "The financial crisis 
profoundly changed the world and collectively we responded to ensure the 
company's success in the new environment." 
Over the past few years, Manulife and its Board implemented several 
significant corporate governance enhancements focusing on the Board's 
diversity of skills and expertise, strategy and clear and transparent 
This latest award builds on the recognition Manulife received in 2012 as a Top 
100 Employer in Canada and Top 100 Employer for Young People. Since 2002, 
Manulife has also received top scores for corporate governance in the Globe 
and Mail's Board Games report and has been recognized as a publicly listed 
corporation with one of the highest scores in the Institute of Corporate 
Directors' 2011 and 2012 Scorecard. 
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$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 
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: Laurie Lupton Manulife Financial 
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation 
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