John Hancock Funds has elected interim board chairman James Carlin as independent Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Carlin has been a trustee since 1992.

"We are very pleased to have Jim leading our Board," said Keith Hartstein, President and CEO of John Hancock Funds. "His experience and financial acumen will serve us well."

Carlin is currently the chairman and CEO of Carlin Consolidated Inc., an investment and management firm.

He served as Massachusetts commissioner of commerce from 1979 to 1981, secretary of transportation and chairman of the MBTA from 1981 to 1983 and receiver for the City of Chelsea in 1991.

Carlin received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Florida.

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