Manulife's Cindy Forbes Among Canada's Most Powerful Women

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TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Manulife's Executive Vice President and Chief Actuary, Cindy Forbes, has been recognized by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) as one of "Canada's Most Powerful Women." The award recognizes the "professional achievements of strong female leaders across the country."

Ms. Forbes is a member of Manulife's Executive Committee and Management Committee. She was recognized in WXN's Corporate Executives category which acknowledges excellence in management, vision and leadership, corporate performance and community service. This is the second time Ms. Forbes has been recognized for this award.

"I am delighted to see Cindy Forbes recognized as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women. Throughout her career, Cindy has performed with integrity, strength and leadership.  Cindy currently serves as our Chief Actuary, one of the most important financial roles in the company, and her judgement is relied upon by our management team, Board of Directors and regulators; but she has also worked in Asia, where she contributed significantly to our growth in the region, as well as Investments and other parts of our company," said Donald Arthur Guloien, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife. "She has had an indelible impact on our company and is recognized around the world for her contribution to her industry and profession. Without a doubt, Cindy is one of Canada's most outstanding leaders and a talented colleague who has earned my sincere admiration."

Recent Manulife recipients of the Canada's Most Powerful Women Award include: Gail Cook-Bennett, former Board Chair, Lynda Sullivan, Executive Vice President & Corporate Controller, Stephani Kingsmill, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Sue Reibel, Senior Vice President, Consumer Solutions and Marianne Harrison, Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Canadian Division.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions.  We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere.  We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions.  At the end of 2014, we had 28,000 employees, 58,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers.  At the end of September 2015, we had $888 billion (US$663 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $23 billion in benefits, interest and other payments to our customers.  Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years.  With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.  Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit www.manulife.com or www.johnhancock.com.

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

For further information:

Media Contact:
Bev MacLean
Manulife Financial
Beverley_maclean@manulife.com
416-852-8501


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