TheBankerWhoSavedHisSoul Adds First Global Data to Coverage

TheBankerWhoSavedHisSoul.com has added an up and coming Canadian FINTECH company First Global Data to companies covered on the website. First Global Data, publicly traded as V.FGD on the TMX in Canada and as FGBDF:US on the greys in the U.S.A., provides services to Financial Institutions and corporations in Different countries.

The company caught our attention as a result of its first to market products, aggressive expansion and signing of agreements with major players in countries, such as China, India, Africa, and Canada. Its partnerships include the likes of LianLian, a subsidiary of market leading WeChat in China.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Home Capital Selling Non-Core Businesses

For Immediate Release
TORONTO – October 16, 2017 – Home Capital Group Inc. (“Home Capital” or “the Company”)

(TSX: HCG) today announced it has entered into an agreement with a third party to sell the Company’s payment processing and prepaid card business including its Payment Services Interactive Gateway (PSiGate) subsidiaries. The Company previously announced it had determined to exit these businesses with its Q2 2017 financial results.
“This sale reflects our commitment to focus on our core lending and deposits business to drive future long-term growth,” said Yousry Bissada, President and Chief Executive Officer, Home Capital.

The Company expects approximately $20 million in annual salary and other operating cost savings, as well as a corresponding reduction in fee and other income of approximately $18 million, from exiting these businesses. The resulting impact to net income on a full year basis is insignificant. The Company does not expect any significant costs to complete the sale transaction. Additionally, as part of the agreement, Home has agreed to enter into a transition services agreement and will continue to provide services for certain clients for up to a year, at which time Home Capital will have completely exited this business line. This sale is expected to close in 2017, subject to receipt of necessary third party approvals and customary closing conditions. Raymond James acted as financial advisor to Home Capital in connection with this transaction.

Caution Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Please refer to Home Capital’s 2016 Annual Report, available on Home Capital’s website at www.homecapital.com, and on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website at www.sedar.com, for Home Capital’s Caution Regarding Forwardlooking Statements.

About Home Capital Group Inc.
Home Capital Group Inc. is a public company, traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (HCG), operating through its principal subsidiary, Home Trust Company. Home Trust is a federally regulated trust company offering residential and non-residential mortgage lending, securitization of insured residential mortgage products, consumer lending and credit card services. In addition, Home Trust offers deposits via brokers and financial planners, and through its direct to consumer deposit brand, Oaken Financial. Home Trust also conducts business through its wholly owned subsidiary, Home Bank. Licensed to conduct business across Canada, Home Trust has offices in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Laura Lepore
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations
(416) 933-5652
laura.lepore@hometrust.ca

First Global Data Granted Two Additional Transmitter Licenses in the U.S.A.

TSX Venture Exchange: FGD
Frankfurt Stock Exchange: 1G5

TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data (“First Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has secured two additional Money Transmitter licenses in the USA.

First Global Data Limited (CNW Group/First Global Data Limited)

The Company’s wholly owned US subsidiary, First Global Money Inc., has been granted two new Money Transmitter licenses by the States of South Dakota and New Hampshire. First Global now has Money Transmitter licenses in 31 US States.

“We are very happy to have obtained these two money transmitter licenses and are proud to now have 31 in total. Obtaining licenses is not an easy task. Regulations are becoming stricter and this is very good news for First Global. We value our licenses and take the responsibilities that come with having them very seriously. We continue our focus on US wide licensing as the more State licenses First Global has, the larger the market opportunity for our services such as Happy Transfer launched on the WeChat social messaging platform with our China based partner LianLian; for the Company’s First Global Money international remittances services which delivers into Latin America, India, the Philippines and other very large markets; for domestic USA peer to peer and mobile payment services; and for additional cross border payment services the Company intends to provide to consumers across the USA”, said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global Data Limited.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:

Neither TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: ir@firstglobaldata.com; Renmark Financial Communications Inc., Steve Hosein: shosein@renmarkfinancial.com, Tel: (416) 644-2020 or (514) 939-3989, www.renmarkfinancial.com

Home Capital Group’s New Executive Vice President

HOME CAPITAL ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP CHANGES
For Immediate Release

TORONTO – October 3, 2017 – Home Capital Group Inc. (“Home Capital” or “the Company”) (TSX: HCG) announced today that Edward Karthaus will be joining Home Capital as Executive Vice President, Residential Lending Sales on October 10th. The Company also announced Pino Decina, Executive Vice President, Residential Lending, and Chris Whyte, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, have departed from their roles at the organization.

The Company does not intend to fill the Chief Operating Officer position. Home Capital, in keeping with its focus on improving its technology and being a leader in that aspect of the mortgage industry, is creating a Chief Information Officer role and has commenced a search for the right candidate.

Mr. Karthaus, who brings extensive financial services and technology experience to this role, will have responsibility for developing and executing on Home Capital’s residential lending sales strategy. “Ed Karthaus has more than 33 years of experience in the technology, financial services and telecommunications industries, and we are excited that he has decided to join Home Capital’s leadership team to help drive our growth as one of Canada’s leading alternative mortgage providers.” said Yousry Bissada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Home Capital.

“Pino Decina and Chris Whyte have been important members of the senior leadership team, and have made significant contributions during their tenure at Home. I wish them continued success in their future endeavours,” said Mr. Bissada.

Mr. Karthaus added: “I couldn’t be more excited to get back into the Canadian Mortgage Industry. Home Capital has been an established industry leader for more than 30 years, and has carved out a strong identity in the alternative lending space. I look forward to being part of its growth as it continues to make the dream of home ownership a reality for all deserving Canadians.”

Edward Karthaus Biography
Ed Karthaus has more than 33 years of experience in the technology, financial services and telecommunications industries. He was previously Executive Vice President, Broker Services at D+H and Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Client Services at Filogix LP. During his time with D+H and Filogix LP, Ed was a frequent speaker at mortgage industry events across the country, and was inducted into the Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario (IMBA) Hall of Fame, now called Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association (Ontario). He has served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Mortgage Brokers Association of Ontario (IMBA) and the Research, Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RIC Centre). In addition, Ed has held senior executive leadership roles at Prophix Software Inc., NCR Canada Ltd. and Yappn Corp. Ed began his career with Xerox Canada and Oracle Canada.

Caution Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Please refer to Home Capital’s 2016 Annual Report, available on Home Capital’s website at www.homecapital.com, and on the Canadian Securities Administrators’ website at www.sedar.com, for Home Capital’s Caution Regarding Forward-looking Statements

About Home Capital Group Inc.
Home Capital Group Inc. is a public company, traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (HCG), operating through its principal subsidiary, Home Trust Company. Home Trust is a federally regulated trust company offering residential and non-residential mortgage lending, securitization of insured residential mortgage products, consumer lending and credit card services. In addition, Home Trust offers deposits via brokers and financial planners, and through its direct to consumer deposit brand, Oaken Financial. Home Trust also conducts business through its wholly owned subsidiary, Home Bank. Licensed to conduct business across Canada, Home Trust has offices in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Laura Lepore
Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations (416) 933-5652
laura.lepore@hometrust.ca

First Global Data Appoints Vicki Ringelberg as New CFO

TSX Venture Exchange: FGD
Frankfurt Stock Exchange: 1G5

TORONTOOct. 2, 2017 /CNW/ – First Global Data Limited (“First Global” or the “Company”) announces the resignation of Nayeem Alli and the appointment of Vicki Ringelberg, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

First Global Data Limited (CNW Group/First Global Data Limited)

Nayeem Alli is a founder and has been a key contributor toward the vision and success of the Company. The decision to resign was a deeply personal one for him. The Company is working with Mr. Alli toward establishing a consulting relationship as he becomes ready. The Board of Directors, management and shareholders of First Global thank Mr. Alli for his dedication and contributions as Chief Financial Officer and sincerely wish him the best. Mr. Alli continues as a director of the Company.

Vicki Ringelberg is a high caliber executive with a track record of success. Ms. Ringelberg is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Governance and Administration Committee and previous Chair of the Audit Committee and Investment Committee of the OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust). Prior to that, Ms. Ringelberg spent over 20 years working in various senior financial capacities including Chief Financial Officer of Portland Investment Counsel and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AIC Limited (“AIC”). During her tenure at AIC, Ms. Ringelberg was also a member of various boards. Ms. Ringelberg has broad experience in the financial services industry including managing large scale initiatives, implementing complex accounting systems, evaluating business opportunities and executing the acquisitions and sales of various businesses. Ms. Ringelberg is a CPA and also holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

“We respect Nayeem’s decision to step down as our CFO. He has been a leader since the Company’s inception and instrumental in the Company achieving the levels of success it currently has,” said Andre Itwaru, the Company’s Chairman and CEO. “We are very pleased that Vicki has agreed to join First Global. She brings an incredible level of experience, financial acumen and discipline to the Company, and I look forward to working closely with her as we take the Company to the next levels of its evolution.”

The appointment of Vicki Ringelberg as Chief Financial Officer is subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.

About First Global Data Ltd. (www.firstglobaldata.com)

First Global is an international financial services technology (“FINTECH”) company. The Company’s two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global’s proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer (“P2P”), Business to Consumer (“B2C”), and Business to Business (“B2B”) payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.

Caution:
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (“TSXV”) nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities offered in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward Looking Information:
This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Although First Global believes in light of the experience of its officers and directors, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors that have been considered appropriate, that the expectations reflected in this forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because First Global can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. First Global undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third-parties in respect of First Global, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable). First Global disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

SOURCE First Global Data Limited

For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited

Manulife Establishes Mental Health Specialist Team

A unique offering delivering faster and appropriate care for those with mental health conditions

Waterloo – Manulife Financial announced today the establishment of a national Mental Health Specialist team that will work with Disability Case Managers to guide the management of all mental health disability claims and help ensure appropriate treatment and support is in place. This is the first team of its kind in the Canadian insurance industry and all of the team members have extensive backgrounds in mental health. The team will be led by Dr. Georgia Pomaki, who has a Ph.D. in occupational mental health and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

“According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 500,000 Canadians will miss work every day due to mental illness, costing the Canadian economy $51B annually,” said Kathy McIlwham, Vice-President, Group Life and Disability,  Manulife. “To address this significant concern and support our clients, we developed a Mental Health Specialist team that will guide and support our Disability Case Managers in the management of mental health disability claims – the leading cause of our long term disability claims.”

Mental health claims are a leading concern for Canadian employers as they account for an average of 30 per cent* of short and long term disability claims. Manulife embarked on a yearlong mental health pilot that saw a decrease in claim durations and recurrences. Focused oversight, coaching and expertise provided in the pilot lead to improved outcomes for claimants and employers. These are early indicators of the positive affect the team could have nationally for Manulife’s clients.

“I am proud to lead a specialized and committed team that is delivering excellent outcomes for our clients and their employees,” said Dr. Georgia Pomaki.  “As a mental health professional with over 10 years of experience in workplace mental health, I am very impressed with Manulife’s commitment to improving the mental health of Canadians by developing a national Mental Health Specialist team.”

This initiative aligns with Manulife’s strong commitment to mental health as part of a comprehensive health, wellness and disability strategy that covers the entire health continuum. This commitment to positive mental health has been recognized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), who recently accepted Manulife into a three-year pilot as an early adopter of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, Promotion, and Guidance to Staged Implementation.

Biography Dr. Georgia Pomaki, Vancouver
Dr. Georgia Pomaki received her Ph.D. in Occupational Mental Health in 2003 and her Clinical Psychology Master’s in 1998. Dr. Pomaki also received the designation of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) in 2011. She has clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and family therapy. She has taught clinical courses extensively at universities at the graduate and undergraduate levels and is currently teaching a course on Mental Health in Disability Management at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Pomaki is also a lead author of the Best Practices for Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Interventions for Workers with Mental Health Conditions. Dr. Pomaki joined Manulife in 2011 and her current role involves leading the mental health specialists, implementing best practices and providing guidance and coaching to case managers on the management of psychological health claims.

*According to Mental Health Commission of Canada and the World Health Organization.

Media Contact:

Rebecca Freiburger
Manulife Financial

Article source: http://metroactive.org/wordpress/manulife-establishes-mental-health-specialist-team/

Manulife Establishes Mental Health Specialist Team

On April 24th, 2014 Manulife announced that a Mental Health Specialist team is to guide the management of disability claims.

A unique offering delivering faster and appropriate care for those with mental health conditions

Waterloo – Manulife Financial announced today the establishment of a national Mental Health Specialist team that will work with Disability Case Managers to guide the management of all mental health disability claims and help ensure appropriate treatment and support is in place. This is the first team of its kind in the Canadian insurance industry and all of the team members have extensive backgrounds in mental health. The team will be led by Dr. Georgia Pomaki, who has a Ph.D. in occupational mental health and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

“According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 500,000 Canadians will miss work every day due to mental illness, costing the Canadian economy $51B annually,” said Kathy McIlwham, Vice-President, Group Life and Disability,  Manulife. “To address this significant concern and support our clients, we developed a Mental Health Specialist team that will guide and support our Disability Case Managers in the management of mental health disability claims – the leading cause of our long term disability claims.”

Mental health claims are a leading concern for Canadian employers as they account for an average of 30 per cent* of short and long term disability claims. Manulife embarked on a yearlong mental health pilot that saw a decrease in claim durations and recurrences. Focused oversight, coaching and expertise provided in the pilot lead to improved outcomes for claimants and employers. These are early indicators of the positive affect the team could have nationally for Manulife’s clients.

“I am proud to lead a specialized and committed team that is delivering excellent outcomes for our clients and their employees,” said Dr. Georgia Pomaki.  “As a mental health professional with over 10 years of experience in workplace mental health, I am very impressed with Manulife’s commitment to improving the mental health of Canadians by developing a national Mental Health Specialist team.”

This initiative aligns with Manulife’s strong commitment to mental health as part of a comprehensive health, wellness and disability strategy that covers the entire health continuum. This commitment to positive mental health has been recognized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), who recently accepted Manulife into a three-year pilot as an early adopter of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Prevention, Promotion, and Guidance to Staged Implementation.

Biography Dr. Georgia Pomaki, Vancouver
Dr. Georgia Pomaki received her Ph.D. in Occupational Mental Health in 2003 and her Clinical Psychology Master’s in 1998. Dr. Pomaki also received the designation of Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) in 2011. She has clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and family therapy. She has taught clinical courses extensively at universities at the graduate and undergraduate levels and is currently teaching a course on Mental Health in Disability Management at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Pomaki is also a lead author of the Best Practices for Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Interventions for Workers with Mental Health Conditions. Dr. Pomaki joined Manulife in 2011 and her current role involves leading the mental health specialists, implementing best practices and providing guidance and coaching to case managers on the management of psychological health claims.

*According to Mental Health Commission of Canada and the World Health Organization.

Media Contact:

Rebecca Freiburger
Manulife Financial

National Bank of Canada New Chairman and Election Results

National Bank of Canada Announces Election of Directors: Jean Houde Named New Chairman of the Board

Montreal, 10 April 2014 –

National Bank of Canada (the “Bank”) (TSX: NA) announced today that each director nominee listed in the Management Proxy Circular dated February 21, 2014 was elected as Director of the Bank during the Annual Meeting of the Holders of Common Shares held today in Calgary, Alberta. In addition, Jean Houde becomes the new Chairman of the Board, replacing the outgoing Jean Douville who is retiring after serving as Chairman for some 10 years.

The details of the election are as follows:

DIRECTOR NOMINEE

OUTCOME

FOR

% FOR

WITHHELD

% WITHHELD

Maryse Bertrand

Elected

158, 481, 341

99.16

1, 341, 100

0.84

Lawrence S. Bloomberg

Elected

158, 772, 401

99.34

1, 053, 027

0.66

Pierre Boivin

Elected

158, 814, 476

99.37

1, 010, 912

0.63

André Caillé

Elected

158, 320, 638

99.06

1, 504, 790

0.94

Gérard Coulombe

Elected

158, 112, 618

98.93

1, 712, 810

1.07

Bernard Cyr

Elected

158, 848, 844

99.39

976, 584

0.61

Gillian H. Denham

Elected

158, 289, 061

99.04

1, 536, 327

0.96

Richard Fortin

Elected

158, 885, 064

99.41

940, 364

0.59

Jean Houde

Elected

158, 046, 275

98.89

1, 779,153

1.11

Louise Laflamme

Elected

159, 483, 743

99.79

341, 685

0.21

Julie Payette

Elected

159, 291, 154

99.67

534, 274

0.33

Roseann Runte

Elected

158, 748, 381

99.33

1, 077, 047

0.67

Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

Elected

153, 946, 215

96.32

5, 879, 028

3.68

Pierre Thabet

Elected

159, 478, 887

99.78

346, 541

0.22

Louis Vachon

Elected

158, 664, 470

99.27

1, 162, 024

0.73

Information

Marie-Pierre Jodoin
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs
National Bank

Manulife Vietnam’s Unit-linked Policies Achieved Outstanding Investment Returns in 2013

Ho Chi Minh City – Manulife Vietnam has reported high investment returns for 2013 for its Regular Premium Unit-Linked (RPUL) product thanks to the outstanding performance of the Aggressive Fund, the Growth Fund and the Balance Fund, which achieved investment returnsi of 28.6 per cent, 23.2 per cent and 19.2 per cent for the calendar year, respectively. Both the Aggressive and Growth Funds achieved higher returns than that of the benchmark, VN Index (22 per cent) over the same period despite these Funds having lower risk profiles than direct investments in the VN Index. This is the second consecutive that year all RPUL funds generated double-digit returns. RPUL is one of Manulife Vietnam’s investment-linked insurance products which combine protection and savings through investments in three unit-linked funds which are professionally managed by Manulife Asset Management (Vietnam) Company Limited (ManulifeAM VN).

At the end of 2013, after over five years of operations, the Funds’ Net Asset Value achieved significant growth with the returnsii of the Aggressive, Growth, and Balance fund respectively at 59 per cent, 68 per cent and 85 per cent, significantly exceeding the performance of the VN Index (35 per cent) over the same period. This outstanding performance is the result of ManulifeAM VN’s dedication and expertise in fund management. ManulifeAM VN focused on stock selection and asset allocation between equities and cash in addition to effective fixed income investments.

“I’m very proud to share this good news as the continued success of ManulifeAM VN’s investment funds in 2013 has helped the RPUL product maximize its insurance benefits and asset values for our clients,” said Mr. Indren S. Naidoo, Regional Chief Executive Officer for Manulife Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. “I am confident that with the recovery of the market in 2014, this RPUL will continue to be one of the suitable plans in our comprehensive product portfolio that can well meet Vietnamese clients’ diversified financial needs through its comprehensive protection benefits and investment opportunities.”

About Manulife Vietnam
Manulife Vietnam is a member of Manulife Financial and its vision is to be the most professional financial services organization in Vietnam. Established in June 1999, Manulife Vietnam is proud to be the first 100 per cent foreign-owned life insurer in Vietnam. The Company has a network of close to 30 sales offices in 23 major cities, serving over 420,000 policies through more than 13,000 professional agents.

As one of the top players in the market, Manulife Vietnam offers a wide range of innovative life insurance products which are supported by the most effective and value-added services in the market today. Whatever their stage in life, Manulife Vietnam can help its clients feel more financially secure with a life insurance plan that meets their specific needs – whether it’s family protection, education, retirement or investment solutions. An advantage of Manulife Vietnam is Manulife Asset Management (Vietnam) Company Ltd (ManulifeAM VN), which is one of the first fund management companies established in Vietnam and professionally operates funds, portfolio management and investments, further expanding Manulife Vietnam’s product offerings for its customers.

Besides its professional agency force, Manulife Vietnam is the market leader in bancassurance through the partnership with leading foreign and local banks. It is also the only life insurer in the market that has developed a micro-insurance program for poor women in the rural areas in partnership with Vietnam Women’s Union. This meaningful program supports the government in universalizing insurance knowledge, contributing to the social welfare, decreasing poverty and instilling the habit of savings to the Vietnamese people.

About ManulifeAM VN
Manulife Asset Management (Vietnam) Company Limited (ManulifeAM VN) is an affiliate of Manulife Asset Management™ – the institutional asset management arm of Manulife Financial. Our clients benefit from the in-depth local market expertise of empowered, inter-connected investment professionals across Asia, North America and Europe, underpinned by world-class investment and risk management processes and the backing of a global leader in financial services, Manulife Financial Corporation.

ManulifeAM VN was licensed by the Ho Chi Minh City Planning and Investment Department under Business Registration Certificate No. 4104000117 on 10 June 2005 and received the Fund Management License No. 04/UBCK-GPHDQLQ from the State Securities Commission (SSC) of Vietnam on 14 June 2005; Decision No. 413/Q?-UBCK dated 12 July 2007; Amendment Licenses No. 06/UBCK-GPHDQLQ dated 11 October 2007; 80/UBCK-GP?C dated 16 November 2010; 23/GP?C – UBCK dated 24 November 2011; 39/GP?C-UBCK dated 29 June 2012; 5/GP?C-UBCK dated 07 Feb 2014.

ManulifeAM VN is an independently managed asset management company, which reports to the SSC.

ManulifeAM VN is fully staffed by licensed investment professionals and provides a full range of products and services commensurate with a top tier investment management company. Assets under Management as of 31 December 2013 amounted to US$390 million equivalent.

For more information, please contact:

 

In Vietnam:
Tran Phu Anh Tuan
Head of Marketing
Manulife (Vietnam) Limited
Tel: (84-8) 5416 6888
Fax: (84-8) 5416 1818

In Asia:

David Norris
Regional Communications
Manulife Financial,
Tel: (852) 2202 1749
Fax: (852) 2510 5889

Manulife Appoints Senior Executives in Hong Kong

Hong Kong — Manulife has announced the appointment of three senior executives in Hong Kong.

Ivan Chan, in his new role as Assistant Vice-President, Business Development, Individual Financial Products for Manulife Hong Kong, has a prime focus of expanding the company’s individual insurance business in Hong Kong, and marketing its wide range of insurance products through agency and other distribution channels.

Mr. Chan was most recently Assistant Vice-President, Field Management with Manulife Hong Kong, responsible for managing the sales and recruitment of its agency force and developing strategic directions for the team. Prior to that, he was transferred to Manulife Insurance Berhad, Malaysia as Chief Agency Development Officer in 2011, responsible for agency development, product development and related marketing functions. He joined Manulife in 1999 as a management trainee and took up several roles in individual product marketing and agency operations in both Hong Kong and Macau. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.

Kenneth Luk has been appointed as Assistant Vice-President, Marketing and Customer Service for Manulife Hong Kong, responsible for formulating strategies and strengthening communications for customer-centric marketing programmes in relation to customer marketing, digital marketing and customer call centres, with a view to further enhancing customer experiences.

Mr. Luk has extensive experience in consumer banking, primarily in the areas of segment marketing and e-business. Before joining Manulife, he worked in several major banks with responsibilities spanning from customer touchpoint management to consumer marketing. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, both from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Martin Lau, in the newly created role as Assistant Vice-President, Greater China Development at Manulife Asia, is based in Hong Kong, responsible for supporting the company’s strategic initiatives for its Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan business units, and closely monitoring emerging business opportunities in the region.

Since joining in 2007, Mr. Lau has served in various roles and business units within Manulife, including Investments, Corporate, Asia Division Regional Office, and Manulife-Sinochem Life. His most recent position was Assistant Vice-President, Asia Corporate Development, where he worked on a number of inorganic growth opportunities. He holds a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Engineering Science, both from the University of Toronto.

Photos:

Ivan Chan

Ivan Chan
Assistant Vice-President
Business Development, Individual Financial Products
Manulife (International) Limited

Kenneth Luk

Kenneth Luk

Assistant Vice-President
Marketing and Customer Service
Manulife (International) Limited

Martin Lau

Martin Lau

Assistant Vice-President
Greater China Development
Manulife Financial Asia Limited

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 with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look 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 also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were approximately C$599 billion (HK$4,367 billion) as at December 31, 2013. 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.

About Manulife Financial Asia Limited
Manulife Financial Asia Limited is one of the three constituent divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation.

Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look 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 also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were approximately C$599 billion (HK$4,367 billion) as at December 31, 2013. 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.

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Manulife (International) Limited