Sun Life Financial appoints James H. Sutcliffe to Board of Directors



    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial
Inc. (TSX/NYSE:   SLF) is pleased to announce the appointment of James H.
Sutcliffe, FIA as a Director effective February 10, 2009. Mr. Sutcliffe will
stand for election by shareholders as a Director at the Annual Meeting on May
21, 2009.
    Mr. Sutcliffe retired as Group Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual plc,
an international savings and wealth management company, in September 2008.
Prior to joining Old Mutual plc in January 2000, Mr. Sutcliffe was a senior
executive with Prudential plc, an international retail financial services
group. Mr. Sutcliffe is a Director of Lonmin plc and a trustee of Buffelshoek
Trust. He was a trustee of The Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (UK) from 2005 to
2008.

    About Sun Life Financial

    Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation
products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in
1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets
worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland,
Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of
December 31, 2008, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets
under management of $381 billion. For more information please visit
www.sunlife.com.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under ticker symbol SLF.

    Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations Contact: Steve Kee, Assistant
Vice-President, Communications, Tel: (416) 979-6237, steve.kee@sunlife.com;
Investor Relations Contact: Paul Petrelli, Vice-President, Investor Relations,
Tel: (416) 204-8163, investor.relations@sunlife.com


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