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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.






Mark O’Dell was elected as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Manulife Philippines on February 14, 2013. He is also the Senior Vice President & Regional Executive for Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, ASEAN Operations of Manulife Asia. Mark concurrently sits as Chairman of the Board & Non-Executive Director of Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corporation and Manulife Financial Plans, Inc.

As Chairman of the Board, he is responsible for managing the affairs and development and effective functioning of the Board; provides leadership in Board Governance; acts in an advisory capacity on behalf of the Board to the President and CEO; manages the relationships between management and the Board; and assists in managing shareholder agreement.

Prior to his current role, Mark served as Senior Executive Vice President & General Manager, Manulife Asia (20082012); Executive Vice President & General Manager, American International Assurance (AIA) Singapore and Brunei (20042008); Senior Vice President & General Manager, AIA Malaysia (2000–2004); Vice President & General Manager, AIA Indonesia (1998–2000); and Vice President & Director of Agencies, AIA Indonesia (1998–2000).






Ryan Charland is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Philippines. He has worked for Manulife Financial in various leadership functions in product development, finance and corporate risk management for more than 10 years and brings a breadth of expertise to this role.
Ryan joined Manulife in August 2003, working in the U.S. Division and Corporate Audit before joining U.S. Life Product Management in 2006. There, he was rapidly given 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 in Asia.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Actuarial Science from the University of Toronto.







Kenneth Dai joined Manulife Financial in June 1999 as an Actuarial Specialist and became an Assistant 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 Chinabank Life Assurance Corp., and Manulife Financial Plans, Inc., in the recent April 5, 2016 Annual Stockholders Meeting.

Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science from Hong Kong University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. 






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 Philippines on April 10, 2014 and was re-elected during the recent Annual Stockholders Meeting held on April 5, 2016.

Prior to his current role, David served as the Global Head Country Human Resources of Standard Chartered Bank from June 2002 to June 2014.

David holds a Bachelor of Management Science Degree from Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom and a post graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom.  David likewise completed several courses including the Strategic HR Management Program, Harvard Business School; RBS HR Leadership Program, Cranfield University-School of Management; and, SCB Executive Program,  University of Oxford. 







Rhoda Rara serves as an Independent Director of Manulife Philippines, Inc., and Chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committees of the Company. She was first elected as Independent Director on September 3, 2007. Presently, Regina is the Managing Partner of MarksPro Philippines, the law firm of Reyes Rara and Associates. She is also the Corporate Secretary of the Intellectual Property Professors and Research Organization of the Philippines and IP Business Holdings, Inc. Prior to her present roles, Regina was a Partner at Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (1990-2004) and Corporate Secretary of First Asia Realty Development Corp., (1996-2004) and Phil. Global Communications, Inc., (1994 – 1996). Regina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Management.







Janette Peña is an Independent Director of the Company and of its affiliates, Manulife Philippines, 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. 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) and Bousted Technologies (2004-2013); and Corporate Secretary of Salcon Holdings (2003-2009), Del Monte Philippines, and Philippine Plaza Holdings (1995-2003). Janette holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines and Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.






Lourdes “Gigi” Mantaring is the Vice President and General Manager of Manulife Business Processing Services (MBPS) since 2011 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 back office business processing, finance, IT operations and call center services to MFC business units 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.

During the April 2016, Annual Stockholders Meeting, Gigi was elected as a Non-Executive Director of Manulife Philippines and its affiliate, Manulife Philippines.

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). 






David "Dave" Balangue was first elected as the Company's Independent Director in February 2011. He also serves in the same capacity as Independent Director of Manulife Philippines and recently, Manulife Chinabank Life Assurance Corp.

Dave is presently the President and Chairman of the Makati Commercial Estate Association, Inc.; Director of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., and Trustee of the Makati Business Club. David was previously the Chairman of Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co., (2004 to 2010). In addition, he has been a Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) consultant of the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom) since 2010.

Dave is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting from Manuel L. Quezon University and Master in Management major in Finance from the Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. Dave is a Certified Public Accountant.