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Donald A. Guloien, President and Chief Executive Officer
Donald Guloien is President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Financial Corporation. He is also a Manulife director and Chair of the Company’s Executive Committee.
A 31-year company veteran, Mr. Guloien has held leadership roles in both Manulife’s insurance and investment operations, and brings significant experience leading global M&A and business development activity. Before taking on his current role, he served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, where he was recognized as a leading global investment executive.
In that role from 2001 to 2009, Mr. Guloien was responsible for Manulife's worldwide investment operations, including management of the Company's general fund assets, which now exceed $200 billion. He also led the significant growth of the company's external (third-party) asset management business, Manulife Asset Management, a global leader in wealth management services, where as Chair he developed the business which now manages more than $200 billion of diverse assets for external clients and Manulife, including retail mutual funds, pension funds, and endowments and a portion of Manulife’s general fund. During that period, he also led the integration of Manulife’s investment operations with those of John Hancock in 2004, creating one of the strongest global investment management franchises in the industry.
Mr. Guloien brings wide-ranging international experience. In his investment role he was responsible for Manulife’s global investment operations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Asia. In June 2007, Mr. Guloien’s portfolio was expanded to include the company’s Asian Insurance and Wealth Management operations representing Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Macau.
From 1994 to 2001, he led Manulife’s Business Development unit, spearheading a number of key acquisitions, divestitures and strategic initiatives, including: the merger of Manulife with North American Life Assurance Company; the sale of Manulife’s U.K. business; Manulife’s transformational demutualization project (the conversion of the company from a mutual life insurance company to an investor-owned, publicly traded stock company); and its entry into Japan.
Mr. Guloien joined Manulife in 1981 as a research analyst and quickly moved through several strategic and marketing roles in both the Canadian and U.S. Divisions. In 1990, he became Vice President, US Individual Business, where he was responsible for the operations of the Company's individual insurance and annuity business in the United States.
Mr. Guloien was named the 2012 International Business Executive of the Year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Mayor of Shanghai's International Business Leaders' Advisory Council (IBLAC), the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the Young Presidents' Organization. Mr. Guloien is a Director of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association and the Geneva Association. Former board memberships include the Children’s Aid Society Foundation, ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada and LIMRA International.
Mr. Guloien is actively involved with the University of Toronto, where he is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the Rotman School of Management, and a former member of the Governing Council, the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the School of Graduate Studies and the Hart House Board of Stewards. He is a 1998 recipient of the Arbor Award for his contributions to the University.
Mr. Guloien holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
Steve Roder, FCA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Steve Roder, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the global financial affairs of the Company including, Actuarial and Capital Management, Treasury, Controllership, Taxation, Financial Regulation, Investor Relations and Reinsurance activities. He is a member of the Company’s senior executive management committees. Mr. Roder is based at the company’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada.
With more than 20 years of executive experience in Asia’s insurance and financial services sector, Mr. Roder has a wealth of knowledge in accounting, risk management and finance. He has worked as an auditor, advisor, and consultant, providing advice to CEOs, CFOs and boards. Mr. Roder has strong global relationships in the life insurance industry and regulatory environment.

Prior to joining Manulife, Mr. Roder was CFO of AIA Group Ltd. During his tenure with AIA, Mr. Roder gained valuable experience developing positive relationships with regulators, investors, rating-agencies and other key stakeholders across multiple jurisdictions. He also modernized the finance function by driving finance transformation, achieving major improvements in process and control, and building the tax, investor relations and business analysis functions. In addition to his CFO responsibilities, Mr. Roder chaired the AIA Group Risk Committee, developing and rolling out a new risk governance framework for the company.

Before AIA, Mr. Roder headed KPMG’s financial services practice in Asia where he gained experience in insurance, audit, transactions, and banking. During his 16 years as a partner at KPMG, Mr. Roder worked in Hong Kong, London, and Japan, advising a variety of major global financial institutions. Mr. Roder showed his global orientation when he founded Project China Global, a project to capture more multinational work in China from the KPMG world and to prepare the KPMG world to assist Chinese clients expanding globally.

Mr. Roder is former chairman of the Expert Panel on Insurance of the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs, former President of the Royal Society of St. George, Tokyo, and former chairman of the British School in Tokyo.

Mr. Roder has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA). He speaks Japanese to an advanced level.
Jean-Paul (J-P.) Bisnaire, Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & General Counsel
J-P. Bisnaire is Senior Executive Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel of Manulife Financial. J-P. is responsible for overseeing worldwide the functions of business development, law, compliance, internal audit, information technology, public affairs and corporate secretary. He is also a member of the Company's Executive Committee and Management Committee. Until July 2004 he was a senior corporate law partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He received a B.A. in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1973 and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1976. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. He then joined the firm and became a partner in 1980. J-P. was one of Canada's leading securities lawyers practising in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He acted as senior counsel for a number of large public and private companies, boards of directors and controlling shareholders that have been involved in acquisitions, divestitures, take-over bids, initial public offerings, strategic alliances, corporate reorganizations, going private transactions, spin-off transactions, corporate finance and corporate governance matters. J-P. also serves on the board of directors of McCain Foods Limited and on the Foundation Board of St. Michael’s Hospital.

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