MFC Global Investment Management Appoints Jean-Francois Courville as CEO

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ -- Warren A. Thomson, Chairman, MFC Global
Investment Management (MFC GIM), is pleased to announce the appointment of
Jean-Francois (J-F) Courville as Chief Executive Officer.  In this role, Mr.
Courville, 40, has overall responsibility for MFC GIM's third-party
institutional and sub-advisory asset management businesses in North America,
Europe and Asia, as well as for expanding investment management services to
Manulife Financial's own wealth management businesses globally. He oversees
asset allocation and investment management activities for approximately Cdn$96
billion (as at March 31, 2009) in client assets across multiple asset classes,
from public equities and fixed-income to alternatives including timber and
agricultural investments.

    Previously, Mr. Courville was President and Chief Operating Officer of
MFC GIM. He succeeds Mr. Thomson who was recently appointed Chief Investment
Officer of Manulife Financial, and also Chairman of MFC GIM.

    In 2007, Mr. Courville joined Manulife from State Street Canada where he
had served as President and CEO since 2005. Prior to that, he held several
posts within State Street Global Markets, the trading and research arm of
State Street Bank and Trust, in Montreal, Toronto and Boston. Mr. Courville
also worked in the trading operations of the National Bank of Canada in
Montreal and London, England.

    He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in
finance and international business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. In
2005, Mr. Courville was named to Canada's Top 40 under 40.  Mr. Courville
resides in Toronto.

    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
Manulife's 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.

    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 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 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


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