Manulife Financial Names Warren A. Thomson Chief Investment Officer

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ -- Manulife Financial Corporation (the "Company")
(NYSE:   MFC) has appointed Warren A. Thomson as Chief Investment Officer.  In
this capacity, Mr. Thomson oversees the world-wide investment operations
managed on behalf of the Company's general fund and external clients, with
total assets in excess of Cdn$286 billion.  Assets under management include
fixed income and equity securities and alternative assets such as real estate,
timber land, agricultural land, and oil and gas properties.

    Mr. Thomson, 54, succeeds Donald A. Guloien as Chief Investment Officer.
Mr. Guloien on May 7th became President and Chief Executive Officer of
Manulife Financial.

    Mr. Thomson, a Senior Executive Vice President, was also named to succeed
Mr. Guloien as Chairman of MFC Global Investment Management (MFC GIM), the
Company's external client asset management business. Mr. Thomson is also a
member of the Company's Executive and Management Committees.

    Before taking on his current role, Mr. Thomson was Vice Chairman of MFC
GIM.  In addition to being responsible for MFC GIM's fixed income and equity
security management subsidiaries, he also had oversight of Manulife Real
Estate, Declaration Management & Research, Hancock Timber Resource Group,
Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, and NAL Resources.  Prior to that, Mr.
Thomson was responsible for overseeing the management of all U.S. fixed income
portfolios, including public bonds, private debt and mortgages for John

    The Investment Division team reporting directly to Mr. Thomson includes: 
Kevin Adolphe, Senior Vice President and Divisional CFO; J-F Courville,
President & CEO of MFC GIM; Scott Hartz, Executive Vice President, General
Fund Investments; Stephani Kingsmill, Senior Vice President & General Manager,
Real Estate; Kathy Lockwood, Vice President, Human Resources; and Alan
Seghezzi, Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel, Investments.

    Mr. Thomson worked for Manulife between 1987 and 1994 in Corporate Tax,
and returned in 2001 to the Investment Division as Senior Vice President.  Mr.
Thomson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and has
his Chartered Accountant designation from The Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Ontario.

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 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$405 billion
(US$322 billion) as at March 31, 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

    About MFC Global Investment Management(R)

    MFC Global Investment Management(R) 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, investment funds and individuals 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.

    MFC Global Investment Management has investment offices in the United
States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout Asia. As
of March 31, 2009, assets under management together with assets managed for
general fund exceeded Cdn$286 billion.  Additional information about MFC
Global Investment Management may be found at

    MFC Global Investment Management(R), 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.


For further information:

For further information: Beth McGoldrick of Manulife Financial,
+1-617-663-4751, Web Site:

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