MFC Global Investment Management Appoints Chris Conkey As Chief Investment
Officer, Global Equities


    
    - Industry Veteran To Direct Rapidly Growing Firm's Worldwide Equity
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<p><span class="xn-location">BOSTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">March 15</span> /CNW/ --MFC Global Investment Management has named <span class="xn-person">Chris Conkey</span>, CFA as Chief Investment Officer, Global Equities, MFC Global President and Chief Executive Officer J-F Courville said today. His appointment is effective immediately.</p>
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<p>Based in <span class="xn-location">Boston</span> and reporting directly to <span class="xn-person">Mr. Courville</span>, <span class="xn-person">Mr. Conkey</span> will lead MFC Global's equity group, and be responsible for the overall investment performance and risk management of the firm's portfolio of equity strategies globally. He also will be responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of all strategic, financial, and operating plans and policies for the equity teams around the world. He will be a member of the MFC Global Investment Management Executive Committee.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-person">Mr. Conkey</span> will work closely with <span class="xn-person">Barry Evans</span>, Chief Investment Officer--Global Fixed Income, and <span class="xn-person">Mark Schmeer</span>, Chief Investment Officer--Asset Allocation, Strategy and Research to generate strong returns across all public market strategies for the benefit of MFC Global clients. <span class="xn-person">Mr. Schmeer</span> previously held the role being taken on by <span class="xn-person">Mr. Conkey</span>.</p>
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<p>MFC Global, the asset management arm of Manulife Financial, has equity teams in <span class="xn-location">Toronto</span>, <span class="xn-location">Boston</span>, Berwyn, <span class="xn-location">London</span>, <span class="xn-location">Hong Kong</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Tokyo</span>, as well as throughout Southeast Asia including the <span class="xn-location">Philippines</span>, Vietnam, <span class="xn-location">Thailand</span>, <span class="xn-location">Taiwan</span>, <span class="xn-location">Malaysia</span>, <span class="xn-location">Indonesia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Singapore</span>.</p>
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<p>"We are delighted to have Chris join the MFC Global team at this important stage of our growth," <span class="xn-person">Mr. Courville</span> said. "<span class="xn-person">Chris Conkey</span> is a seasoned investment professional with a strong track record of building and motivating teams within a performance-oriented culture."</p>
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<p><span class="xn-person">Mr. Conkey</span> brings nearly 25 years of investment management experience across fixed income and equity asset classes to this role. Most recently, he was Chief Investment Officer of Evergreen Investment Management Company where he had overall management responsibility for  <span class="xn-money">$180 billion</span> in assets. He was the Chair of the Investment Strategy Committee and led several distinct teams in managing fixed income, equity and alternatives strategies.</p>
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<p>Prior to his role as CIO, Chris spent three years as Evergreen's Equity Chief Investment Officer, following a merger between Keystone Investments and Evergreen. <span class="xn-person">Mr. Conkey</span> spent 13 years at Keystone, where he held several investment management positions, culminating with the role of President and Chief Investment Officer. Keystone Investments, a privately held firm, was acquired by Wachovia Corporation in 1998. Keystone and other Wachovia investment affiliates were merged to form Evergreen Investments in 2001.</p>
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<p><span class="xn-person">Mr. Conkey</span> graduated from <span class="xn-org">Clark University</span> with a B.A. in Economics and later earned an MBA from <span class="xn-org">Boston University</span>. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.</p>
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    About MFC Global Investment Management®
    
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<p>MFC Global Investment Management® is the asset management division of Manulife Financial. MFC Global Investment Management's diversified group of companies provides comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors, wealth managers and investment funds in key markets around the world. This investment expertise extends across a full range of asset classes including equity, fixed income and alternative investments such as oil and gas, real estate, timber, farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies.</p>
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<p>MFC Global Investment Management has investment offices in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span>, <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, the <span class="xn-location">United Kingdom</span>, <span class="xn-location">Japan</span>, <span class="xn-location">Hong Kong</span>, and throughout Asia. . As at <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>, the MFC Global Investment Management group manages approximately Cdn$110 billion in assets for its institutional clients worldwide.</p>
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<p>MFC Global Investment Management®, Manulife and the block design are trademarks of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and are used by it and its affiliates including Manulife Financial Corporation.</p>
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    About Manulife Financial
    
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<p>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 <span class="xn-location">Canada</span> and Asia, and primarily through <span class="xn-person">John Hancock</span> in the <span class="xn-location">United States</span>, the Company offers clients 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 <span class="xn-money">$440 billion</span> (US$420 billion) as at <span class="xn-chron">December 31, 2009</span>.</p>
<p>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 <a href="http://www.manulife.com">www.manulife.com</a>.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Brian Carmichael, +1-617-663-4748, bcarmichael@jhancock.com Web Site: http://www.manulife.com

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