Linda Bammann appointed to Manulife Board of Directors



    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation and The
Manufacturers Life Insurance Company announced today that Linda Bammann has
been appointed to their Boards of Directors effective August 5, 2009.
    Ms. Bammann joins Manulife's Board bringing sound experience from her
senior executive risk management positions with several large U.S. banks,
including JPMorgan Chase and Bank One. She earned her Bachelor of Science from
Stanford University and her Master of Arts from the University of Michigan.
    "We are delighted to welcome Linda Bammann to our Board," said Manulife
Chair, Gail Cook-Bennett. "Linda possesses strong risk management expertise
and first hand management experience in large financial institutions. Her
skills and the knowledge she brings to our Board will enhance our risk
management oversight abilities."

    
    About Manulife Financial
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    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 22 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers customers a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$421 billion
(US$362 billion) as at June 30, 2009.

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Laurie Lupton, (416) 852-7792,
laurie_lupton@manulife.com; Investor Relations: Amir Gorgi, 1-800-795-9767,
investor_relations@manulife.com


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