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Posted October 12 , 2010

Joseph Caron appointed to Manulife Board of Directors

TORONTO - Manulife Financial Corporation and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company announced today that Joseph Caron has been appointed to their Boards of Directors, effective October 11, 2010.

Joseph Caron, Principal and Founder of Joseph Caron Inc., brings extensive knowledge and experience in international affairs and on matters of state to Manulife's Board. Mr. Caron's experience includes almost four decades with the Government of Canada in a number of key diplomatic posts including Ambassador to the Peoples' Republic of China, Ambassador to Japan and High Commissioner to the Republic of India. In September of this year, Mr. Caron joined HB Global Advisors Corporation, the international consulting firm within Heenan Blaikie.

He has also been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation and an Honorary Research Associate of the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.

"Joseph Caron's extensive international affairs experience in Asia will benefit the Board and Company significantly," said Manulife Chair Gail Cook-Bennett. "We are delighted to welcome Joseph to the Board. It is fitting that his first Board meeting is in Beijing, where he once served as Canada's Ambassador. Joseph's expertise will help inform our strategies as we continue to explore the many opportunities throughout this region."

With operations in 11 countries and territories across Asia, Manulife's Asia Division represents the fastest growing division of the Company and contributes approximately 30 per cent of the Company's net income.

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