Diane Bean holds the position of Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Human Resources of Manulife Financial, in addition to sitting on the Boards of its Asian and Japanese subsidiaries in insurance, pensions and mutual funds. She is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Bean graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She began her career with Systems Dimensions Ltd. (SDL) as Project Manager in the Education Consulting Division.
In 1975, Ms. Bean joined Manulife Financial in the Corporate office where she held senior management positions in planning and public affairs, as well as in government, media and policyholder relations.
From 1983 to 1985, Ms. Bean was Marketing Vice President for Canada. In 1985 she moved to the U.S. Division and was subsequently appointed Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Operations. Ms. Bean became Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. and Caribbean Division in 1988, responsible for both the Insurance and Employee Benefit businesses in the United States and Caribbean, in addition to Corporate Information Technology.
From 1988 to 1997 Ms. Bean was Senior Vice President and General Manager, International Operations, which included Manulife’s insurance businesses outside North America as well as Reinsurance worldwide. International operations were concentrated in Asia and included wholly-owned operations and joint ventures in Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan.
She sits on the Human Resources Advisory Boards of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association and the MBA Program at York University. Ms. Bean has been named as one of the most influential women in Canada for the past three years.
Ms. Bean divides her time between Toronto and Jamaica. In the Caribbean she chaired several local insurance companies and is currently on the Board of ICWI Group Ltd., a general insurance company.
Ms. Bean has also served on the Boards of a number of other organizations and campaigns, including Ryerson University, Bowmanville Hospital Fund Raising, Canadian Special Olympics Foundation, Ontario Special Olympics and The Canadian Stage Company. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Canadian Foundation for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural & Historical Treasures, as well as on the American Chamber of Commerce’s Women in International Trade and is Co-Chair of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.