Wishing Isabelle Hudon success as she leaves Sun Life Financial to become the first female Canadian Ambassador to France

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TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2017 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) is proud to announce one of its best and brightest senior leaders, Isabelle Hudon, Executive Chair, Sun Life Financial Quebec and Senior Vice-President, Client Solutions is embarking on the next chapter in her career as the newly appointed Canadian Ambassador to France.

"I'd like to congratulate Isabelle and wish her every success in her new role," said Dean Connor, Chief Executive Officer and President of Sun Life Financial. "This is a special achievement in her career and the opportunity of a lifetime. We will greatly miss Isabelle's impact on our Clients and colleagues in Quebec and Canada, but I know she'll do a sterling job as Canada's Ambassador to France."

Ms. Hudon joined Sun Life in August 2010 as SLF Quebec President, a role she held until 2015. Under her leadership, Sun Life Financial experienced impressive growth in all business lines in Quebec and is a significantly more prominent brand within that marketplace. The growth and sales momentum has continued under Robert Dumas, who succeeded Ms. Hudon as President in 2015 and will now assume the role of Executive Chair, SLF Quebec. More recently, Ms. Hudon has been the Senior Vice-President, Client Solutions where she's led the national growth strategy for a pivotal and innovative business that deepens our relationships with group and retail Clients by providing the right solutions at the right time.

"Isabelle is very deserving of this position and it's not surprising that she's making history as the first woman to be appointed to this prominent role," said Kevin Dougherty, President, Sun Life Financial Canada. "Isabelle is a great talent and she's done a tremendous amount for Sun Life Canada and Quebec. She's leaving us with an impressive legacy, which I know the team will build upon. One of Isabelle's greatest gifts to us has been how she's contributed to the development of a strong and diverse culture within Sun Life, including the empowerment of women."

Ms. Hudon  has held several senior positions in the finance sector, and is widely known for  promoting and advocating the advancement of women in business. To learn more about Ms. Hudon's career history, community involvement and board memberships, her executive biography is available on sunlife.ca.

"I will always be grateful to Sun Life for the opportunity to work for an organization that cares so much about its people, culture and Clients," said Hudon. "I'd like to thank my team and all my Sun Life colleagues, especially those on the Canadian Executive team, for believing in me and supporting me throughout the past seven years."

About Sun Life Financial  
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $944 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

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

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