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.
Richard Bates is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Philippines. He is also a member of the board of the company. Richard assumed office on August 5, 2019.
Conrado Favorito is an Independent Director of Manulife Philippines, Manulife Financial Plans, Inc., and Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corp. He was first elected as director of the Company in April 2018.
Rhoda Regina Rara serves as an Independent Director and chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Related Party Transaction Committee of the Company.
Janette L. Pena is an Independent Director and chairs the Audit Committe 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.
Matthew Edward Lawrence (43) serves as a non-executive director of Manulife Philippines, Manulife Financial Plans, Inc., and Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corp. He was first elected as director on 01 October 2019. He also serves as a member of the Company's Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and Related Party Transactions Committee.
Matt joined Manulife as Regional Controller, Asia, on 30 June 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the Asia regional finance team, overseeing financial planning & analysis, management reporting, expense management and accounting policy.
Matt has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, holding leadership positions in both the corporate and professional services fields that span across North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Manulife, he worked at Prudential where he held a series of progressive roles; most recently as Finance Director of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, where he was responsible for strategic planning and analysis, financial reporting, finance operations, and finance innovation. Prior to his time with Prudential, he spent many years at KPMG and has experience that covers accounting advisory, audit, and transaction services.
A Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science. He speaks frequently at industry events on the subject of accounting change for insurance, most recently speaking at events in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.
Anthony Buchanan (39) serves as a non-executive director of Manulife Philippines and Manulife Financial Plans, Inc., having been first elected as such on 01 January 2020.
Anthony is the Head of Operations and IT Performance of Manulife Asia. He is likewise a member of the board of directors of Manulife IT Development Centre and a board supervisor of Manulife Information and Technology Services Co., Ltd. in Chengdu, China. Prior to joining Manulife, Anthony was the Head of IT and Operations Performance and Planning of QBE Emerging Markets. Prior to that Anthony came from a strategy and IT consulting background working with Capgemini and Ernst & Young.
Anthony is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Monash University in Victoria, Australia and of Masters of Aeronautical Engineering from the same university.