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For Immediate Release

September 4, 2007

Timothy Murray, CLU, ChFC, Joins John Hancock Financial Network as Managing Director of the Cincinnati Office

Boston– Timothy Murray, CLU, ChFC, has joined John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN)* as Managing Director of the JHFN office in Cincinnati, Ohio, announces Peter Gordon, President of JHFN.

“We are pleased to have Tim, who is an experienced financial services industry field manager with over 30 years of experience, lead the growth and expansion of JHFN in the Cincinnati area,” says Gordon.

In this position, Murray is responsible for accelerating the growth of the firm, adding financial representatives, and developing its clientele in the Cincinnati marketplace.

“I’m looking forward to working with the local and national professionals of John Hancock Financial Network to build the Cincinnati office. John Hancock is a great brand with great resources and a long history of delivering superior services to its clients and its financial representatives,” says Murray.

Prior to joining JHFN, Murray was most recently the field manager for a Guardian Life Insurance Company office. He entered the financial services business after receiving his Bachelors Degree from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont in 1975. He is the past-president of GAMA International, the leading association of field managers in the financial services industry, and serves as the current Chair of the GAMA Mentoring Council which is partnering with the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier, international association of top financial services professionals, to develop mentoring programs and strategies for financial advisors. He was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the LIFE Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the public's growing need for information and education about life, health, disability and long-term care insurance.

Murray came to the Cincinnati area over 20 years ago and with his wife, Paula, raised their four sons, and built a successful financial services firm, Executive Benefits, Inc. A resident of the Indian Hill area, he is very active in the local community, serving on the Education Commission of Archbishop Moeller School and on the Board of Directors of the Ursulines of Cincinnati Charitable Trust. Additionally, he is involved in Philanthropy International, focusing on advanced planned giving strategies.

About John Hancock Financial Network
John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN) is a retail distribution company of John Hancock with over 350 branch offices and 1,880 financial representatives across the United States. JHFN has an unwavering commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial visions of its associates, while helping to enhance the financial security of its clients. For more information on John Hancock Financial Network and its national network of financial services firms, visit www.jhnetwork.com.

About John Hancock and Manulife Financial
John Hancock is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$410 billion (US$386 billion) as at June 30, 2007.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, fixed and variable annuities, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at www.johnhancock.com.

*John Hancock Financial Network is the servicemark of John Hancock Life Insurance Company and its affiliated companies. Insurance products offered through John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Boston,MA 02117. Securities and Investment Advisory Services offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member NASD, SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor, 197 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116.

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