OTTAWA, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Donald A. Guloien,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Financial has been
named 2012 International Business Executive of the year.
Established in 1992, this prestigious award recognizes business
executives of Canadian companies whose exemplary leadership has
developed a strong, competitive Canadian presence in global markets.
"Mr. Guloien richly deserves this recognition for the extraordinary
success Manulife Financial has achieved as an international leader in
the financial services industry", said Robert Youden, Chair of the
Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services company
with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.
"This award is recognition of Manulife Financial's international
success, the credit for which goes to many current and past employees
and other partners around the world. I particularly want to recognize
the significant support Manulife has received from our embassies,
consulates and elsewhere in the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, as well as the Department of Finance and the Prime
Minister's Office," noted Donald Guloien, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Manulife Financial. "I also want to thank our board of
directors for their encouragement, advice and support of all our
Mr. Guloien has held a variety of leadership roles within Manulife,
through which he has developed operating experience in Canada, the
U.S., Europe and Asia. From 1994 to 2001, Mr. Guloien led Manulife's
Business Development unit, spearheading a number of key acquisitions,
divestitures and strategic initiatives, including: Manulife's
demutualization and its re-entry into Japan.
From 2001 to 2009, he was responsible for Manulife's worldwide
investment operations, for which the Company's general fund assets grew
from $80 billion to now over $200 billion. He also led the significant
growth of the company's third-party asset management business, Manulife
Asset Management, which now manages assets of $220 billion.
In 2009, Mr. Guloien became President and CEO of Manulife Financial.
Over the past three years, Manulife Financial's Asian operation has
become its fastest growing division, representing about one-third of
the company's earnings excluding notable items.
Mr. Guloien is a member of the Mayor of Shanghai's International
Business Leaders' Advisory Council, a board member of the Geneva
Association and a former board member of LIMRA International.
"Guided by his vision and stewardship, Manulife Financial is a true
international leader in the industry. Mr. Guloien and his Manulife
colleagues are outstanding partners at all levels of the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce Network and remain a model of Canadian success both
at home and abroad," stated Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the
Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He added: "The Board of Directors, staff
and members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are very pleased to
recognize Mr. Guloien and offer sincere congratulations to him and all
The award will be presented to Mr. Guloien at a dinner in Toronto on
November 15, 2012.
Previous recipients of this prestigious award represent the upper
echelon of Canadian business. Honourees include Guy Laliberté, Frank
Stronach, Peter Munk, Ted Newall, Peter Godsoe, Guy Saint-Pierre, Allan
Taylor, Laurent Beaudoin, Jim Balsillie and Michael Lazaridis, among
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