Manulife announces two Senior Executive Regional Directors among 30 promotions to drive agency force growth

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Manulife announces two Senior Executive Regional Directors among 30 promotions to drive agency force growth
2019/5/8

                                                                                                          

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May 8, 2019

Hong Kong – Strengthening its agency leadership as it continues to roll out new customer-centric products and digital solutions in 2019, Manulife Hong Kong has promoted two industry veterans to its most senior agency roles and announced a further 28 senior promotions.

Kareen Chow, Vice President and Chief Agency Officer, Manulife Hong Kong, said: “Our agency force is trusted to provide expert advice and ongoing support to individuals and families on financial planning. The promotions we are announcing today recognize outstanding agency leaders who inspire our people to reach new heights through professional development and an unwavering customer focus. Each shows great dedication to helping Hongkongers plan for and protect their future, and their contribution to Manulife is exemplary.” 

Manulife’s agency force is the mainstay of its distribution network in Hong Kong. In the first quarter of 2019, it grew 14% over the prior year period to approximately 8,700 professional advisors, reflecting strong local demand for high-quality, personal financial support. 

George Lung, JP, has been promoted to Senior Executive Regional Director. He is a 29-year veteran of Manulife Hong Kong who has served as Executive Regional Director since 2016. Throughout his years at Manulife, he has consistently achieved exceptional results and exceeded his targets. He is a frequent qualifier for overseas conferences and has earned various Manulife awards, including the Regional Director of the Year accolade, with outstanding results in both production and recruitment. He set a new record of attaining the Distinguished MDRT District – Highest Number of Qualifiers in 2018.

Mr. Lung’s leadership and dedication are recognized throughout the insurance industry and the community. He has garnered various awards from the General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA), consistently achieving Frontline Leader Awards (FLAs) and International Management Awards (IMAs) since 1996. He was named The Outstanding Community Agent of the Year at the Hong Kong Insurance Awards 2014. Mr. Lung received the Bronze Bauhinia Star from the HKSAR Government in 2014 for his commitment to community service. 

Johnny Chan has been promoted to Senior Executive Regional Director. He joined Manulife in 2009 and has since established himself as a well-respected leader who always strives for excellence, leading to his promotion to Executive Regional Director in 2017. He is a frequent winner of various Manulife management awards, including the Regional Director of the Year accolade, reflecting his successes in production growth, recruitment and productivity. Under Mr. Chan’s leadership, one-fifth of his agency group has become MDRT qualifiers. 

Mr. Chan serves on many advisory committees and has made significant contribution to the company’s business development. He has also been recognized in numerous industry awards and appointments. He served as President of Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong (LUA) in 2006 and has been a frequent winner of LUA Distinguished Manager Awards, International Dragon Award (IDA) Manager - Platinum Awards, and various GAMA awards, including the FLA, IMA and Master Agency Award (MAA). 

Meanwhile, Daniel Chu and Samy Chan have been named Senior Regional Directors. Daniel Chu joined Manulife in 1990 and has since developed a highly dedicated agency force. He has earned distinction as a Senior Branch Manager, District Manager and Regional Director, with accolades for growth, production and recruitment. He is a frequent qualifier for overseas conferences and has won various top industry awards. Joining Manulife in 1999, Samy Chan has won various Manulife awards, including a top three for Regional Director of the Year – Highest Growth (Direct) in 2018. Mr. Chan is a 12-time IDA qualifier and Life Member, plus a frequent qualifier for other overseas conferences. He has also received various top GAMA leadership awards in recent years. 

The following four agency leaders have been promoted to Regional Director in appreciation of their pivotal role in the success of Manulife Hong Kong’s sales force. 

Celebrating his 30th anniversary with Manulife this year, Clement Lam has consistently achieved outstanding results. He was honored in the Senior District Director awards in 2015 and has won various GAMA awards, dating back to 1998. Vernon Cheuk joined Manulife in 1991 and has since delivered extraordinary results both in terms of individual and team performance. He is a ten-time MDRT Qualifying & Life Member as well as a five-time IDA Manager, and has achieved numerous GAMA awards since 2003. Joining Manulife in 2010, May Wong has strong track record in recruitment, winning numerous awards from Senior Branch Manager to Senior District Director levels. She has also won various industry awards. Dominic Sin joined Manulife in March 2018 and has since delivered extraordinary results in production and recruitment. Alongside a raft of Senior District Director of the Year awards in 2018, Mr. Sin was also a MDRT qualifier that year. 

There were promotions also for other senior agency leaders in recognition of their contribution to the company’s growth. Danny Yau, Bonnie Kan, Raymond Wan, Victor Kuan and Daniel Cheng have all advanced to Senior District Director.

Elizabeth Tang, Wendy Chan, Daniel Li, Mandy Cheung, Paul Yeung, Andy Law, Terence Tang, Jackie Chan, Tracy Wong, Janette Chan, Lyman Lee, Michael Ismail, Sisi Sun, Terry Chan, Victor Chan, Carolina Dos Santos and Jeremy Tsang have been promoted to the position of District Director.

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About Manulife Hong Kong

Manulife Hong Kong, through Manulife International Holdings Limited, owns Manulife (International) Limited, Manulife Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited and Manulife Provident Funds Trust Company Limited. As a member of the Manulife group of companies, Manulife Hong Kong offers a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individual and corporate customers in Hong Kong and Macau. 

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2018, we had more than 34,000 employees, over 82,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 28 million customers. As of March 31, 2019, we had over C$1.1 trillion (HK$6.5 trillion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made C$29.4 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States are where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.