Press Release – Manulife Hong Kong wins double at Benchmark Wealth Management Awards

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2011

Manulife Hong Kong wins double at BenchmarkWealth Management Awards

Hong Kong — Manulife (International) Limited (“Manulife”) has been designated the “Best in Class” — the competition’s top honour — at the Benchmark Wealth Management Awards 2011. The company was presented with awards in two categories — “Protection Provider of the Year” and “Best Health-Care Product” — in recognition of its innovation, best practices and excellent governance in the financial-services sector.

Judges of the Benchmark Wealth Management Awards were impressed with Manulife’s commitment to putting people at the core of its protection and health products; and hence, awarded the company the “Best in Class” in the “Protection Provider of the Year” category. Emphasizing on prevention and prompt treatment, “Vita” was designated the “Best Healthcare Product” given its innovative Cover-Me-Again option and the additional care-centric services such as wellness and chronic disease management. The judges also complimented Vita’s mini-website that features useful wellness tips and product information.

“Manulife Hong Kong recently earned the Silver Award at the HKMA Quality Awards and this latest accolade further demonstrates how well-recognized we are in the financial-services sector as a strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking company,” remarked Michael Huddart, Manulife’s Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong.

“In our quest to protect customers’ futures, we always begin product development with humanity and care. With these principles in mind, we aim to create simple, innovative and best-in-class propositions that meet customers’ needs,” said George Chew, Vice President, Individual Financial Products, Hong Kong. “Through a strategic financial-planning process undertaken with our advisors, the short- and long-term needs of each customer at different life stages are identified and analyzed. These are then matched to one or a selection of products from a comprehensive range.”

About the Benchmark Wealth Management Awards

The Benchmark Wealth Management Awards are organized annually by Benchmark magazine and were among the first of their kind in Hong Kong. The competition’s 19 categories recognize organizations both from the private and public sectors, key financial products and individuals who have been instrumental in raising Hong Kong’s status as a financial hub. Stringent qualifying criteria are brought to bear on the whole judging process, which is presided over by Benchmark’s editorial committee and a panel of leading independent experts, as well as incorporating the results from commissioned public surveys.

About Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies.

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group operating in 21 countries and territories worldwide. For more than 120 years, clients have looked to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We provide asset management services to institutional customers worldwide as well as reinsurance solutions, specializing in property and casualty retrocession. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$492 billion (HK$3,685 billion) as at September 30, 2011. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. 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 at manulife.com.
Media Contact:
Jacqueline Kam / Irina Kwan
Manulife (International) Limited
Tel: (852) 2202 1284 / 2510 5760
Fax: (852) 2234 6875
Jacqueline_tm_kam@manulife.com/
Irina_lc_kwan@manulife.com

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