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Manulife appoints new CFO

Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) Thursday announced the appointment of Steve Roder as incoming senior executive vice president and CFO. Roder’s responsibilities will include management and oversight of the company’s global financial affairs, including actuarial and capital management, treasury, controllership, taxation, financial regulation, investor relations and reinsurance activities. IE Staff Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. Related news Roder will report directly to Donald Guloien, Manulife president and CEO. His appointment is expected to become effective in the beginning of June, subject to immigration approvals. “Steve’s extensive experience in Asia, his hands-on experience in our core business, his impeccable career in public accounting and finance, and his well-known capability as a leader, communicator and straight-shooter were exactly the qualities we were looking for,” Guloien said in a release. “Steve significantly adds to our body of Asian experience here in the Toronto head office, brings great financial acumen, and adds significant strength to our overall management team,” Guloien added. From 2007 to 2010, Roder was CFO for AIA Group Ltd. During his tenure with AIA, he gained valuable experience developing positive relationships with regulators, investors, rating-agencies and other key stakeholders across multiple jurisdictions. He also modernized the finance function by driving finance transformation, achieving major improvements in process and control, and building the tax, investor relations and business analysis functions. Prior to AIA, Roder headed KPMG’s financial services practice in Asia. During his 16 years as a partner at KPMG, he worked in London, Hong Kong and Japan advising CEOs, CFOs, and boards of directors of some of the world’s largest financial institutions. In addition to English, Mr. Roder also speaks Japanese to an advanced level. Roder has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Southampton, U.K., is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA). He is former chairman of the Expert Panel on Insurance of the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs, former President of the Royal Society of St. George, Tokyo, and former chairman of the British School in Tokyo. Roder will succeed Michael Bell who will be returning to Philadelphia to rejoin his family. Bell’s departure was announced in February 2012. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning PenderFund names new SVP for investments CETFA elects new board leader Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

When Alfred Russel Wallace Spoke to Me

first_img Photo: Statue of Alfred Russel Wallace, by George Beccaloni / CC BY-SA ( was born forty years after Alfred Russel Wallace died. So obviously my life never intersected with the life of the man who, with Charles Darwin, discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection. But the beauty of reading is that figures from the past can still speak to us, and happily, by the time I was a young college student Wallace spoke to me.  Intelligent Design When Alfred Russel Wallace Spoke to MeMichael FlannerySeptember 9, 2020, 1:26 PM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Michael FlanneryFellow, Center for Science and CultureMichael A. Flannery is professor emeritus of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds degrees in library science from the University of Kentucky and history from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has written and taught extensively on the history of medicine and science. His most recent research interest has been on the co-discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913). He has edited Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism (Erasmus Press, 2008) and authored Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life (Discovery Institute Press, 2011). His research and work on Wallace continues. Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Wallace went on to challenge and break with Darwin over what I’ve called “intelligent evolution,” a forerunner of modern intelligent design, as readers of my book, Intelligent Evolution: How Alfred Russel Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism, will be aware. He came to me indirectly, through William Irwin Thompson’s At the Edge of History. When I was a freshman in 1972 that book was hot off the presses, and making its impression upon those of us who were avid readers and interested in thinking outside the box. Purpose and Meaning TagsA. P. MeadAlfred Russel WallaceAt the Edge of HistoryCharles DarwinDarwinian evolutionevolutionintelligent evolutionliberalsLoren EiseleyLouis PasteurM. R. A. Chancemeaningnatural selectionPithecanthropuspurposesurvival of the fittestThe World of LifeWilliam Irwin Thompson,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Thompson’s book certainly exposed me to new ideas, and Darwin’s reigning paradigm at the time found itself in his crosshairs. I thought (like Thompson once did) that only backwater hicks and assorted religious extremists seriously questioned Darwinian evolution. But Thompson shook my presumptions and certainties: And, in fact, this kind of snobbery seems to have been one of the historical conditions which enabled the theory to triumph: the Victorian liberals were quick to champion the new theory because it helped them put the staid, port-sipping, fox-hunting, Tory clergy in its place. Loren Eiseley has recalled how vehemently Darwin reacted to Wallace’s questioning of their joint theory. Even at the time of its formulation Wallace wondered why, if survival of the fittest was the mechanism of natural selection, man ever evolved a brain a hundred times more complex than that needed for survival. “‘No adequate explanation,’ they [Eiseley quoting M. R. A. Chance and A. P. Mead] confess over eight years after Darwin scrawled his vigorous ‘No’ upon Wallace’s paper, ‘has been put forward to account for so large a cerebrum in man’.” Five hundred thousand years ago, Pithecanthropus “evolved” with an explosion of brain size and frontal development. Since there are more primitive man-apes farther back, in the few remains of bones we have, it is tempting to connect the dots in a line that cuts across all the dimensions of plentiful space. It is all the more tempting to connect the dots in this way if one is living in an empire that places the white race at the end of a long line of progress in which the darker races are but bestial prefigurings of the Englishman. And if one lives in an economic system in which the market is red in tooth and claw, it is tempting to think that laissez faire and survival of the fittest are part of nature’s way. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis I never looked at Darwinian evolution in quite the same way after that, and although Wallace receded into the deep recesses of my memory, I had what Pasteur called “the prepared mind” to take in what Wallace had to tell me in The World of Life when I was happily reacquainted with him. That was some 15 years ago.  I invite you to join me on my intellectual journey. My carefully edited and introduced abridgment of that work will bring you into Wallace’s rich world of purpose and meaning. Get Intelligent Evolution today! The “Edge of History”last_img read more

Dale Jr. returns to race at Richmond, but will it be his last race?

first_imgDale Earnhardt Jr. left the door cracked open for racing beyond Friday night’s GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. In a spontaneous Q&A with fans on Twitter, Earnhardt responded to a question about whether Friday (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) would be his final race.RELATED: Schedule for Richmond | Xfinity entry list | Dale Jr.: Richmond may be last raceEarnhardt said he’d only run races for JR Motorsports that involve sponsorship packages that help fund races for the other four teams. He went on to say when the team runs five cars in a given week, it stretches the company thin. Earnhardt is running in this weekend’s NASCAR Playoffs opener in Xfinity because, as he said, it was part of an agreement with Unilever and Hellmanns that he do so; an agreement that was in place before he decided to walk away from full-time racing after the 2017 season.RELATED: Breaking down the Xfinity Playoffs field | Dale Jr. through the yearsSweetening the scene for Junior fans is that he’ll have his old spotter back this weekend, TJ Majors, who currently spots for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford driven by Joey Logano in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.Junior told a fan he got permission from Roger Penske, himself, for Majors to spot this week. But as for Steve Letarte stepping in as Junior’s crew chief? That won’t be happening, Junior says, because of Letarte’s commitments to broadcasting for NBC Sports.However, although the band won’t be totally back together, we wouldn’t bet against Letarte dialing up Junior for an in-car interview or two.last_img read more

Going the extra distance

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

Valverde excited by renewal of Zidane rivalry

first_imgBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman was appointed as Real Madrid boss for a second time.Zidane’s Madrid return was confirmed on Monday as he penned a three-year deal to replace Santiago Solari, who had succeeded his initial replacement Julen Lopetegui.Valverde won only one of his four meetings with Zidane’s Madrid last season, though he did manage to dethrone them as La Liga champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Asked about his rival’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu, Valverde told a media conference: “He’s a great manager, he’s going to a great club. “They’re going to be our rivals and I look forward to coaching against him.”Zidane’s re-appointment came after Madrid suffered a humiliating Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax, suffering a 4-1 home defeat in the second leg of the last-16 tie.Their exit was followed by that of Paris Saint-Germain, who squandered a 2-0 first-leg lead against Manchester United, with those results serving as a warning to Barcelona as they face Lyon at Camp Nou in the second leg of a tie level at 0-0.Barcelona were on the receiving end of a shock loss in last season’s competition, going out to Roma with a 3-0 quarter-final second-leg loss having won the first leg 4-1.Gerard Pique Barcelona 2018-19Valverde is not concerned with any lingering scars from that humbling, however, adding: “We’re not worrying too much about what happened a year ago. “Last year happened, the other Champions League games are a reminder that there are no small teams and that the result in the first leg doesn’t matter much.”If teams like Real Madird and PSG are going out of the Champions League, that’s important. We know PSG are a very big club, and that such big teams have gone out the competition that means we have to be careful.”Ousmane Dembele is a doubt for the visit of Les Gones, with Barca set to make decision after the forward undergoes tests on a hamstring issue.”First we’ve got to work out how is he and then we can decide. If he’s not OK, clearly he won’t be playing,” Valverde said. “It’s a decisive game but we’re not going to start with one player and then have to bring him off early in the game. We’ll make our decision based on [the tests].”last_img read more