Kisoo Park Named Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Manulife Asset Management

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    - Highly Experienced Industry Veteran Will Support Global Bond and Foreign
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BOSTON, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kisoo Park has been named managing director and portfolio manager for the Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income team at Manulife Asset Management.

Reporting to Daniel S. Janis III, who heads the team, Mr. Park will be based in Hong Kong and support the team in global bond and foreign exchange research. His appointment is effective immediately.

Mr. Park has more than 20 years of experience in foreign exchange and global fixed income and previously was a founder and chief operating officer of an Asia-focused, event-driven hedge fund in Hong Kong.

"I've known Kisoo as a business and industry colleague for more than 20 years and I am thrilled to have him join our team," Mr. Janis said. "He has an exceptional depth and breadth of experience in the foreign exchange markets and global fixed income. We already have an outstanding team in Asia, and the addition of Kisoo and his years of experience only serves to further strengthen our on the ground presence to the benefit of our clients."

The Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income team manages assets for institutional clients and Manulife and John Hancock investment funds globally. The team's strategy seeks to provide competitive returns by investing in a portfolio of global government and corporate bonds, including emerging markets and high yield securities. The investment team differentiates itself by employing both strategic and tactical currency views to take advantage of global market trends.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Park was Chief Investment Officer at Prince Asset Management in Hong Kong, responsible for tactical asset allocation investing in global equities, fixed income, commodities, foreign exchange and interest rate asset classes. He also had worked at Bank of Montreal, Fleet National Bank, Morgan Stanley and Bank of New England.

Mr. Park graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics; and later earned an Executive Business Diploma from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

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    About Manulife Asset Management
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Manulife Asset Management(TM) is the global asset management arm of Manulife Financial. Manulife Asset Management provides comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the world. Manulife Asset Management also provides investment management services to affiliates' retail clients through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of asset classes including equity, fixed income and alternative investments such as real estate, timber, farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies.

Manulife Asset Management has offices with full investment capabilities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, it has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife TEDA. It also has operations in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay. John Hancock Asset Management, Hancock Natural Resource

Group and Declaration Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management.

As at September 30, 2011, assets under management were Cdn$207 billion (US$199 billion). Additional information about Manulife Asset Management can be found at ManulifeAM.com.

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    About Manulife Financial
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Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group operating in 21 countries and territories worldwide. For more than 120 years, clients worldwide have looked 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 around the world. We provide asset management services to institutional customers worldwide as well as reinsurance solutions, specializing in life and property and casualty retrocession. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$492 billion (US$473 billion) as at September 30, 2011. 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 www.manulife.com.

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SOURCE Manulife Asset Management

For further information: In Asia: Catherine Battershill, +852 2202 1634, Catherine_Battershill@manulifeam.com, In North America: Brian Carmichael, +1-617-633-4748, bcarmichael@manulifeam.com Web Site: http://www.ManulifeAM.com


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