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Press release from CNW Group

Barbara G. Stymiest elected to the Sun Life Financial Board of Directors

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Barbara G. Stymiest elected to the Sun Life Financial Board of Directors09:29 EDT Thursday, May 10, 2012TORONTO, May 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) is pleased to announce that Barbara G. Stymiest was elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Common Shareholders held this morning.Ms. Stymiest is Chair of Research in Motion Limited (RIM) and currently serves as a director of George Weston Limited, the University Health Network, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Royal Ontario Museum. From 2004 to June 2011, Ms. Stymiest served as a member of the Group Executive at Royal Bank of Canada. She has held a number of senior positions in the financial services industry including Chief Executive Officer, TSX Group Inc., Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, BMO Nesbitt Burns, and Partner, Financial Services Group, Ernst & Young LLP.Ms. Stymiest has been involved with a number of professional and charitable organizations including the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the United Way Campaign cabinet, and Hincks-Dellcrest Children's Centre. Ms. Stymiest is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and received an Award of Outstanding Merit from that organization in 2011. She holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, as well as honorary degrees from the University of Western Ontario, University of New Brunswick and University of Guelph.About Sun Life FinancialSun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2012, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $494 billion. For more information please visit Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars. For further information: Media Relations Contact: Frank Switzer Vice-President Corporate Communications Tel: 416-979-4086  Investor Relations Contact: Phil Malek Vice-President Investor Relations Tel: 416-979-4198