July 23, 2009

Sun Life Financial Expands Marketing Group; Names Bill Webster Vice President, Brand Strategy and Development Leader

WELLESLEY, Mass. (July 23, 2009) - The U.S. division of Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE:SLF, TSX:SLF) today announced that Bill Webster has been named Vice President, Brand Strategy and Development Leader. Webster will lead the development and execution of advertising strategies, brand management and web initiatives across all lines of business. The creation of this new role is part of Sun Life's commitment to building its brand presence in the U.S.

"Bill brings extensive experience and a tremendous track record to this position," said Priscilla Brown, Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Marketing. "His role as Brand Strategy and Development Leader is critical as we look to increase Sun Life's brand awareness among distributors and consumers in the U.S."

Webster previously worked at MetLife, Inc. where he served as Vice President, Global Brand and Marketing Services. An accomplished marketing professional, Webster has driven numerous successful integrated marketing campaigns, and was involved with creating MetLife's well-known "The IF in Life" advertising campaign. Prior to MetLife, Webster was Senior Vice President with McCann-Erickson. He started his career with Saatchi & Saatchi and has also worked for EuroRSCG and UniWorld Group. Webster graduated from Williams College where he earned his BA in Political Economy.

About Sun Life Financial

Sun 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, 2009, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of US $297.5 billion.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under ticker symbol SLF. Visit Sun Life Financial's website at

Jennifer Posterro
Sun Life Financial