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For Immediate Release

February 7, 2007

Brian Heapps Named Head Of Sales And Business Development At John Hancock Financial Network

  • Highly Successful Philadelphia Area JHFN Managing Partner Brings Wide Ranging Experience To Boston

  • Focus To Be On Accelerating Growth, Momentum Of Evolution Of Agencies Into Client Centered Marketing Firms

Boston– Brian B. Heapps, CLU, ChFC, has been named Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN)*, Peter Gordon, president of JHFN, said today.

JHFN, which has more than 300 branch offices and approximately 1,500 financial representatives nationwide, is the career distribution system of John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

Mr. Heapps, a leading Managing Partner for JHFN in the Philadelphia area for many years, will be responsible for the Finance, Training, Recruiting, Regional Business Consultants and Supervisor divisions of JHFN. He will focus on expanding the organization and building profitability.

“We’re excited Brian has come to Boston to use his extensive field management, sales and marketing experience to help us accelerate our growth and increase the momentum of evolving our agencies into client centered marketing firms,” Mr. Gordon said. “At JHFN, our financial representatives assist families and businesses in building and protecting wealth so they can achieve the financial promises they made to themselves and secure their future.”

Mr. Heapps, who joined John Hancock in 1987, served as managing partner of Keystone Financial Management, an independent office of JHFN that he founded in the late 1990s. The firm, highly regarded in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, has offices in Allentown, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Media and Montage, Pennsylvania. His team at the firm has consistently ranked as one of JHFN’s top performers, continually increasing production and winning numerous awards and citations.

Mr. Heapps attended Williamsport College and earned both his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations from The American College. He is also active in various industry and business organizations, including the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Financial Services Professionals, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Professionals, the Lehigh Valley Estate Planning Council, as well as the General Agents Management Association (GAMA).

JHFN and its financial representatives assist families and businesses in building and protecting their wealth through a range of products and services in the areas of estate conservation, retirement planning, college savings, business succession, life and long-term care insurance as well as investment diversification. More information about JHFN may be found at its website (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$381 billion (US$341 billion) as at September 30, 2006.

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 (JHFN) is the service mark of John Hancock Life Insurance Company and its affiliated companies Insurance products offered through John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Boston, MA 02117. Securities offered through Signator Investors, Inc., Member NASD, SIPC. Keystone Financial Management is independent of John Hancock Life Insurance Company and Signator Investors, Inc.

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Brian Carmichael