People: Manulife appoints Steven Yeo as SVP and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Asia

Hong Kong – Manulife Financial has announced the appointment of Steven Yeo to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Legal & Compliance Officer, Asia, effective October 10, 2011.  


Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Yeo is responsible for setting the strategic direction for legal and compliance services across Asia Division.  He is a member of both the Asia Division senior leadership group and the global legal team. Legal Heads of 10 territories in Asia have a functional reporting relationship with Mr. Yeo. 

Announcing the appointment, Robert A. Cook, Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Asia (also President, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong), said: “I am pleased to welcome on board someone of Steven’s quality, particularly given his extensive experience in Asia. This appointment further enhances our senior leadership team and puts it in a stronger position to deliver on our wider Asia growth strategy.”

Originally from Singapore, Mr. Yeo received his tertiary education in the United Kingdom and has over 23 years of legal experience. After starting his career at a major London law firm, in 1993 he joined a leading global financial institution, where he has held progressively more senior roles, most recently as Managing Director of its Institutional Clients Group and Asia Regional General Counsel, based in Hong Kong and responsible for 18 jurisdictions in Asia.  

Mr. Yeo reports directly to Mr. Cook and also has a functional direct reporting line to Jean-Paul Bisnaire, Senior Executive Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel of head office. Mr. Bisnaire commented, “Steven has vast experience and is an excellent addition to our legal team here in Asia. I am very pleased he has agreed to join us in this new role and look forward to working closely with him.”  

Mr. Yeo said: “I am delighted to join Manulife and excited to be part of its experienced and growing Asia Division. I look forward to working with Mr. Cook, Mr. Bisnaire and my other new colleagues here and in our Toronto headquarters and to playing my part in the company’s future success.” 



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