Recent Asian Games Gold Medal Winner becomes member of Team Manulife
Bangkok - Manulife Insurance (Thailand) Public Company Limited (Manulife Thailand) today announced Thailand champion weightlifter, Pawina Thongsuk, as the newest member of Team Manulife, a group of talented Olympic athletes who function as Manulife ambassadors. As the exclusive Life Insurance Partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Game, Manulife Thailand’s agreement with Ms. Thongsuk will also serve to showcase the Company’s support of all national athletes hoping for a chance to compete at the world’s most recognized sports competition, the Olympic Games. The long-term contract also includes a partnership agreement with the Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association (TAWA).
“We are very pleased at the opportunity to work with Pawina over the long-term and to help support her quest for yet another gold medal for Thailand at the 2008 Beijing Games,” said Bruce Hodges, General Manager, Manulife Thailand, at the press conference held at The Four Seasons Hotel. “Not only is Pawina an exceptionally talented weightlifter, but she is also a dedicated athlete who truly embodies the Olympic spirit. Her self-discipline, perseverance and enthusiasm for her sport, and for life in general, are all qualities that Manulife is proud to be associated with. We look forward to welcoming Pawina to the Manulife family and as a member of Team Manulife having her represent our company at important staff, agency and community events.”
“We are also pleased to introduce the Manulife/TAWA Talent Development Program, a co-funded initiative that will be looking at ways to continually develop the professional careers of Thailand’s most promising weightlifters,” added Mr. Hodges.
“We are very pleased to be able to work with Manulife and happy to support Pawina's engagement to be the Olympic Ambassador for the brand,” said Khun Jitnara Navarat, Senior Vice President of TAWA. “This will indeed allow people to experience all the other wonderful traits Pawina possesses. She is an excellent choice for Manulife and will be a glowing member of Team Manulife. We are also very excited about the Manulife/TAWA Talent Development Program and hope that this will help in promoting more talents like Pawina.”
Olympic sponsorship set to enhance brand in competitive marketplace
The Beijing Olympic Games is considered the single greatest marketing opportunity this decade for companies wishing to establish leadership positions in Asia. As such, Manulife Financial has been leveraging the sponsorship, executing a powerful and comprehensive marketing strategy that spans all facets of its life insurance business in all of its Asia locations, including Thailand.
“Manulife Thailand shares the Olympic attributes of top performance and striving to be the best,” said Philip Hampden-Smith, General Manager, ASEAN, Manulife Financial. “As the exclusive Life Insurance Partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, we hope to communicate to our stakeholders in Thailand that we, too, stand for the excellence that has long been associated with the Olympic ideals. We look forward to the tremendous branding benefits that we stand to gain from our investment in the Olympic Movement.”
About Manulife Thailand
Established in 1951, Manulife Thailand is a nationwide provider of a broad range of products and services designed to meet the financial protection and savings needs of eligible individuals and organizations in Thailand. Currently, the Company fulfills the needs of more than 43,000 policyholders.
In April 2004, the completion of a large-scale global merger between Canada-based Manulife Financial Corporation and U.S.-based John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. resulted in a change of share ownership in the local company, formerly known as Interlife John Hancock Assurance Public Co., Ltd (Interlife John Hancock). The Company’s name was officially changed to Manulife Thailand in June 2005.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is 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 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.
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