Monthly Archive: June 2009

A buy signal

Since the announcement last Friday by Manulife that the company was being investigated by the Ontario Securities Commission, share price has fallen a whopping 15 per cent. According to Mario Mendonca, of Genuity Capital, that makes Manulife cheap. “We see significant upside in the stock at current levels,” said Mendoca in a report issued before the markets opened Wednesday. Mendonca, who was among the noisy analysts last fall urging Manulife to raise more capital, says if the S&P falls to the 700-750 level, the company would have to issue more common equity, something I’m sure CEO Donald Guloien would be...

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Fortress Manulife

Newly appointed CEO Donald Guloien continues to put his stamp on Manulife with the appointment of Michael Bell as Chief Financial Officer. Bell held a similar role for the last six years at Cigna Corp., a Fortune 200 provider of employer-sponsored health, accident and disability insurance. Bell replaces Peter Rubenovitch, one of Dominic D’Alessandro’s earliest hires in 1995. When D’Alessandro arrived as CEO in 1994, he didn’t like a lot of what he saw in the executive ranks, and set out to replace most of the senior officers. Guloien doesn’t have that issue, but he will be presented with opportunities...

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Secrets revealed

As the author of a dozen books, I often get asked how to write a book. One such request came recently from The Canadian Journalism Project. Here’s a link to the outcome.

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Rising star

When Donald Guloien succeeded Dominic D’Alessandro as CEO of Manulife last month, Warren Thomson was promoted to replace Guloien as chief investment officer. In turn, Jean-Francois Courville has just been named to replace Thomson as CEO of MFC Global Investment Management, putting him in charge of about $100 billion in client assets. Courville has an interesting connection with Guloien. Both are members of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a worldwide group of business leaders who became presidents before they turned 40. In Guloien’s case, he was invited to be a YPOer in 1993, when he was president of Manulife America. At...

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In good company

“Manulife” was featured in a half-page Amazon.ca ad in the Globe and Mail this morning. There I was lined up with three far more famous authors: Michael Ignatieff, Issy Sharpe and Larry King. We’re all discounted, just in time for Father’s Day. You’re one click away. See “Buy this book” above.

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Well and truly lauched

Our son Mark, CEO of Wellington Financial, and his wife, Andrea Whiting, a vice-president at BMO Financial Group, hosted a lively reception at the august Toronto Club last night to to celebrate the publication of my new book about Manulife. Other family members on hand were our daughter, Alison, a professor of art history at McMaster, and her husband, Ken McLeod, a professor of music at the University of Toronto; Andrea’s parents, Donna and David Whiting, of Erin, Ontario; and, most importantly, my wife Sandy, who as the book’s dedication indicates, “Makes everything possible.” First to arrive at the early...

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