Manulife Appoints Peter Bethlenfalvy to Senior Vice President, Financial Regulations

TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC SEHK:945

TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial announced that Peter Bethlenfalvy has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Financial Regulations. He will be responsible for strategy and monitoring of financial regulatory systems throughout the world.

"We are delighted to have Peter join Manulife," said Michael W. Bell, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "His global financial expertise and strong capital and regulatory experience will be a great asset to our Company."

Prior to joining Manulife, Mr. Bethlenfalvy was Co-President of DBRS Limited, a global provider of credit rating opinions across financial institutions, corporate entities, government bodies and other structured finance groups. He also led a team which developed a sovereign rating franchise, including newly solicited ratings for Brazil, India, Chile, Mexico, the UK and Ireland. Prior to DBRS, Mr. Bethlenfalvy led his own consulting firm providing cross-border investment banking advice to Canadian and U.S. clients. Previously, Mr. Bethlenfalvy worked for 17 years in positions of progressive responsibility at TD Bank Financial Group, culminating with six years as President and Chief Operating Officer of TD Securities (USA).

Mr. Bethlenfalvy holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University, which included a year at the HEC School of Management, Paris; and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Peter is a member of the Board of Trustees, Canadian Association of New York, and is a Distinguished Advisor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.

About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group operating in 22 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 $475 billion (US$478 billion) as at December 31, 2010. 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.

SOURCE Manulife Financial

For further information: Media inquiries: Anthony Wilson-Smith, 416 852-8899, anthony_wilson-smith@manulife.com; Laurie Lupton, (416) 852-7792, laurie_lupton@manulife.com; Investor Relations: Anthony G. Ostler, (416) 926-5471, anthony_ostler@manulife.com

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