Don Guloien, President & CEO, Manulife
“In conversation with Bruce Sellery”
Don Guloien and Bruce Sellery discuss the massive growth opportunity in Asia, as well as the innovation, disruption and transformation of the financial services industry.
This event is part of our Global Leaders Series.
Donald Guloien is President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife. A 35-year company veteran, he is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Guloien is a Director of the Geneva Association, Vice Chairman of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council, a member of the Board of the Business Council of Canada, the Immediate Past Chair and a Director of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, a Trustee of The Hospital for Sick Children, a Governor of Branksome Hall and a member of the Campaign Cabinet for United Way. He is also a member of the Ticker Club, the World Presidents’ Organization, and has had a life-long involvement with the University of Toronto.
Mr. Guloien has been named International Business Executive of the Year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, and received the Arbor Award for his contributions to the University of Toronto in various leadership capacities. He was ranked among the Highest Rated CEOs in Canada in Glassdoor.com’s 2015 and 2016 Employees’ Choice Awards, based on assessments by current and past employees.
Before being appointed to his current role in 2009, Mr. Guloien served as Chief Investment Officer, where he was recognized as a leading global investment executive. He was responsible for Manulife’s worldwide investment operations, and led the significant growth of Manulife Asset Management, a global leader in wealth management services, including retail mutual funds, pension funds, and endowments. During that period, he also led the integration of Manulife’s investment operations with those of John Hancock in 2004, creating one of the strongest global investment management franchises in the industry.
Mr. Guloien has wide-ranging international experience. In his investment role he was responsible for Manulife’s global investment operations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Asia. In June 2007, his portfolio was expanded to include the company’s Asian Insurance and Wealth Management operations representing Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Macau.
From 1994 to 2001, he led Manulife’s Business Development unit, spearheading a number of key acquisitions, divestitures and strategic initiatives, including: the merger of Manulife with North American Life Assurance Company; the sale of Manulife’s U.K. business; Manulife’s conversion from a mutual life insurance company to a publicly traded stock company; and Manulife’s entry into Japan. Mr. Guloien joined Manulife in 1981 as a research analyst and quickly moved through several leadership roles in both the Canadian and U.S. Divisions. In 1990, he became Vice President, US Individual Business, where he was responsible for the operations of the Company’s individual insurance and annuity business in the United States.
Mr. Guloien’s involvement at the University of Toronto includes being a current member of the Campaign Cabinet, and a former membership in the Governing Council, the Executive Committee and Business Affairs Committee of the Governing Council, the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Budget, the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the School of Graduate Studies, the Hart House Board of Stewards, and the Campaign Cabinet for the Rotman School. Former board memberships include the Children’s Aid Foundation, ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada and LIMRA International.
Mr. Guloien holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He is married and has two children.
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