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Bentley hosts John Hancock executives as their company goes public

January 26, 2000

As the final step for its demutualization, John Hancock went public on January 27 after 137 years as a mutual company owned by policyholders. When the $1.7 billion initial public offering (IPO) -NYSE ticker JHF- became the second largest among U.S. financial services in history, 17 John Hancock executives with stock options, 14 of whom were Bentley alumni, visited the Bentley College Trading Room to experience live trading and participate in special seminars.

Participants particularly enjoyed Trading Room Director Jay Sultan?s demonstration on the dangers of day trading. A report from the company said that "watching the opening of the NYSE in that [Trading Room] environment was a very unique and exciting opportunity."

According to Reuters, the John Hancock IPO marks an ongoing effort among insurance companies to become a fully stock company. In many ways, this IPO is just the beginning of a long journey for John Hancock in a rapidly changing industry.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Bentley College Trading Room Jay Sultan (left), Earl Baucom, senior vice president and controller of John Hancock, and Bentley College President Joe Morone (front center), with John Hancock executives.

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