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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Manulife’s strong leadership team is composed of men and women who are experts in their fields.  Our leaders are committed to provide you the highest level of professionalism to ensure that your best interest is served.


 

 

  


RYAN CHARLAND

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ryan Charland is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Philippines since January 2014. Ryan has worked for Manulife Financial in various leadership functions for more than 14 years. His experience has solidified his leadership and expertise on product development, finance, and corporate risk management.

Ryan joined Manulife in August 2003 and worked in the U.S. Division’s Corporate Audit. In 2006, he was moved to the U.S. Life Product Management where he was entrusted with roles of greater responsibility, culminating in his appointment as the Pricing Officer in January 2010. Ryan relocated to Asia in November 2011 as Regional Chief Risk Officer based in Hong Kong. There, he established the risk management function and strengthened the local risk governance of all Manulife’s operating entities. 

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Actuarial Science from the University of Toronto.

 

 

  


KENNETH DAI

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kenneth Dai joined Manulife Financial in June 1999 and now serves as Vice President and Chief Actuary of Manulife Asia. With more than 15 years of experience in Manulife Asia, Kenneth has a wide range of experience and knowledge in various functions including pricing, product development, finance and valuation.
 
Kenneth was first elected as a Non-Executive Director of Manulife Philippines and its affiliates, Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corp. and Manulife Financial Plans, Inc., in April 2016.  
 
Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from Hong Kong University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. 

 

 

  


DAVID THOMAS

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

David Thomas is the Senior Vice President for Human Resources of Manulife Asia. He was first elected as a Non-Executive Director of the Company and its affiliate, Manulife Financial Plans, Inc. in April 2014. He also holds directorships in Manulife (International) Limited, Manulife Asset Management International Holdings Limited, and has also been appointed as the Chairman of Manulife (Vietnam) Limited as of 12 July 2017.
 
Prior to his current role, David had more than 25 years of human resources experience in global, regional and country roles, most recently with Standard Chartered Bank.
 
David has a Bachelor’s of Management Science degree from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K., a postgraduate diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of Wales, Cardiff, U.K. and is a graduate of the Strategic Human Resources Management Program from Harvard Business School in Boston.

 

 

  


LOURDES ROSARIO V. MANTARING

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lourdes Rosario “Gigi” Mantaring is the Vice President and General Manager of Manulife Business Processing Services (MBPS) where she focuses on the development of Manulife’s Global Resourcing strategy through the management of the service centers in Manila and Cebu, Philippines as well as Chengdu, China. MBPS provides administrative, finance, investments, marketing, underwriting, actuarial, information technology and call center services to Manulife and John Hancock operations in Canada, US and Asia. Gigi has been with the MBPS team since its inception in 2006. She has over 20 years of progressive experience in technology and operations.
 
Gigi holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management. She is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI).

 

 

  


RHODA REGINA REYES-RARA

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Rhoda Regina Rara serves as an Independent Director and chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Company. She was first elected as Independent Director in September 2007. 
 
Presently, Regina is the Managing Partner of MarksPro Philippines/Law Firm of Reyes Rara & Associates. She is also the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the Intellectual Property Professors & Research Organization of the Philippines, a Professor of Criminal Law at the De La Salle University College of Law, and an accredited lecturer of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. 
 
Prior to her present roles, Regina was a Partner at Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (1990-2004), Corporate Secretary of First Asia Realty Development Corp. (1996-2004), and Phil. Global Communications, Inc. (1994 – 1996).
 
Regina holds Bachelor of Science in Legal Management and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University.

 

 

  


JANETTE PEÑA

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Janette L. Pena is an Independent Director of the Company and of its affiliates, Manulife Financial Plans, Inc., and Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corp.  She was first elected as Independent Director of the Company in 2007. She is also the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Company.
 
Janette is currently engaged in legal consultation and special projects.  She is a director and/or corporate secretary of Central Azucarera de Tarlac, Inc., Chinese International School, Inc., First Lucky Group of Companies, Oak Drive Group of Companies, and the China Oceanis Group of Companies.
 
Prior to her present roles, Janette was a Senior Partner at Ponce Enrile Reyes Manalastas Law Offices (1985-2003); Director and Corporate Secretary of Pancake House Group of Companies (2000-2014), Bousted Technologies (2004-2013), Corporate Secretary of Salcon Holdings (2003-2009), Del Monte Philippines and Philippine Plaza Holdings (1995-2003).
 
Janette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines, and Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.