Donald Guloien is President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Financial Corporation. A 33-year company veteran, he is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Guloien has been named International Business Executive of the Year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Mr. Guloien is Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. He is a recipient of the Arbor Award for his contributions to the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Mayor of Shanghai's International Business Leaders' Advisory Council (IBLAC), the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the World Presidents' Organization. He is a Director of the Geneva Association.
Before being appointed to his current role in 2009, Mr. Guloien served as Chief Investment Officer, where he was recognized as a leading global investment executive. He was responsible for Manulife's worldwide investment operations, and led the significant growth of Manulife Asset Management, a global leader in wealth management services, including retail mutual funds, pension funds, and endowments. 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 has 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 conversion from a mutual life insurance company to a 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 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. Former board memberships include the Children’s Aid Society Foundation, ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada and LIMRA International.
Mr. Guloien holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He is married and has two children.