John Hancock Wins Four Awards at In-House Agency Forum (IHAF) Creativity Awards

- John Hancock Creative Services only entrant to win in all three areas - print, video and interactive

- John Hancock Funds Marketing team recognized in Sales Promotion category

Oct 20, 2010, 10:00 ET from John Hancock Financial Services

BOSTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock took home four awards from the In-House Agency Forum (IHAF) at its recent Awards Show. For the second year in a row, John Hancock's Brand Communications & Creative Services group was the only entrant to win awards in each of its areas of expertise (print, video and interactive). That group was joined by the John Hancock Mutual Funds Marketing team, which took Silver in the Sales Promotion category. 

"Once again, I am delighted to congratulate everyone in Brand Communications and Creative Services, along with our colleagues in the Funds Marketing area," said Jim Bacharach, Vice President, Brand Communications and Creative Services.  "These awards, and the fact we were the only entrant to win in each discipline we entered, speak to the breadth of talent we have here at John Hancock."

"I share Jim's enthusiasm about this recognition," said Dan Rollins, Assistant Vice President, John Hancock Funds Marketing. "I'm extremely proud of the team we have here in Funds and their effectiveness supporting the business." 

IHAF is the leading association of in-house agencies in the U.S., and the IHAF Awards are the only competition devoted exclusively to recognizing work by in-house agencies. This year's awards were especially challenging, with twice as many submissions as 2009 and competition from many leading financial services and consumer brands.

Winning entries from John Hancock included:

  • The "Stepping Forward" work for the 2010 John Hancock Wealth and Insurance National Sales Meetings -- spanning design, video and interactive -- won a Silver award in the Multi-Media category.
  • Mutual Funds children's-book-themed 529 College Savings communication, "Oh! The Possibilities," won a Silver Award in the Sales Promotion category.
  • The "Flight to Quality" video took Honorable Mention in the Corporate Identity category.
  • The "Growth Strategy" logo took Honorable Mention in the Logo Design category.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation

John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. For more than 120 years, clients have looked to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$454 billion (US$428 billion) as at June 30, 2010.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial may be found on the Internet at

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, fixed and variable annuities, fixed products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at

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