Jim Gallagher is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Manulife overseeing the global law, compliance, internal audit and corporate secretary functions, including those of John Hancock, Manulife’s U.S. division. He is a member of Manulife’s Executive Committee and Global Leadership Team.
Before taking on his current role in 2016, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for John Hancock. He was responsible for John Hancock’s legal and compliance operations. As Chief Administrative Officer, he was also responsible for other functions including John Hancock’s Government, Public and Community Relations as well as Brand Management and Sponsorship Marketing.
Previously, he had been Executive Vice President and Global Compliance Chief for Manulife since 2005. In that role, he managed the legal and compliance staff responsible for an array of global compliance requirements facing the company. Previously, Mr. Gallagher served as General Counsel to Manulife USA and was President of John Hancock Investment Trust.
Before joining Manulife in Boston in 1994, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Canadian Operations of Prudential Insurance Company of America and also served as Assistant General Counsel for Prudential at its Newark, NJ headquarters.
He is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Boston, was the founding President of One Fund Boston, serves on the Board of Directors and is the Co-chair of the Financial Services Committee for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Also, Mr. Gallagher is on the Deputies Committee as well as the Steering Committee on Retirement and Financial Security for the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI).
Mr. Gallagher graduated with a B.A in Political Science from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, and earned a J.D. from Ohio Northern University’s College of Law.