BOSTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Manulife Asset Management has named Michael P. Evans, CFA, as a Managing Director, Portfolio Specialist, with a primary focus on the firm's U.S. equity teams. Mr. Evans is based in Boston and reports to Jeffrey Santerre, CAIA, Senior Managing Director, Global Head of the Portfolio Specialist team. "With the increase in our equity investment capabilities at Manulife Asset Management in recent years, and increased interest from our institutional clients, we are pleased to add an experienced investment professional like Mike to our organization," said Mr. Santerre. "Effective communication and positioning of our investment strategies with clients, prospects and consultants is a high priority for our organization." Mr. Evans brings more than 20 years of investment industry experience to his new role. Most recently, he spent ten years at Evercore Asset Management as a Senior Equity Research Analyst focusing on small- and mid-cap core investment portfolios for institutional clients. Prior to that, he worked for Gray Capital Management as a fixed income analyst/assistant portfolio manager. Mr. Evans is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. He holds an MS in Finance from Boston College, and graduated from Bates College. About Manulife Asset Management Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife Financial, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the world. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at December 31, 2013, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were C$280 billion (US $263 billion). Manulife Asset Management's public markets units have investment expertise across a broad range of asset classes including public equity and fixed income, and asset allocation strategies. Offices with full investment capabilities are located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, Manulife Asset Management has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife TEDA. The public markets units of Manulife Asset Management also provide investment management services to affiliates' retail clients through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. John Hancock Asset Management and Declaration Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management. Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at ManulifeAM.com.