Jean-Paul Bisnaire, Manulife Financial’s senior executive vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel will retire Dec. 31, after 10 years at the company.

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During his time at Manulife, Bisnaire has been responsible for internal audit, industry, regulatory and government affairs, compliance, branding and communications and technology.

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He played a key role in the integration of firm John Hancock, which was, at the time, the largest cross-border transaction in Canadian business history.  He is also a member of Manulife’s executive committee and management committee.

Prior to joining Manulife, Bisnaire was a securities lawyer, practicing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

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Stephen Sigurdson, Manulife’s executive vice president, general counsel Canada, will succeed Bisnaire May 1. Bisnaire will continue to be involved in special projects.

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