Brent Keefer Named President of Hancock Timber Resource Group

Hancock Natural Resource Group CEO Dan Christensen Steps Back From Timber Role to Focus on Overall Strategic Growth of Organization

BOSTON (May 15, 2014)—Brenton J. Keefer has been named president of the Hancock Timber Resource Group, the company said today. His appointment is effective immediately.

Mr. Keefer replaces Dan Christensen, Hancock Timber’s president since 2003. He will report directly to Mr. Christensen who will remain as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of the Hancock Natural Resource Group, Hancock Timber’s parent company.

Mr. Christensen will be focused on driving the growth of the organization’s three business units: timber, agriculture and renewable energy.

“Brent has been an invaluable part of the organization since joining us 16 years ago and a vital member of our leadership team over the past several years,” Mr. Christensen said. “As I step back from timber to focus on the strategic growth of our overall organization, I am very pleased that we have Brent ready to step in and assume this new role as President of Hancock Timber.”

Mr. Keefer, who joined the company in 1998, will be responsible for overall management of Hancock Timber, the world’s largest manager of timberland for institutional investors. Mr. Keefer, who previously was Director of Resource Planning and Investment Strategy and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, will now be based in Boston.

Previously, Mr. Keefer oversaw global resource planning and timberland investment valuation. His role also included analysis of new investment regions and global timberland investment risk and return. He led timberland acquisition valuation and due diligence and provided oversight for Hancock Forest Management’s resource support teams.

Before joining Hancock Timber, Mr. Keefer worked for Rayonier Inc. in the southeast U.S. managing forest resource information and planning systems.

He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Forest Resource Management and a M.S. in Forest Biometrics, GIS, and Remote Sensing.

About the Hancock Timber Resource Group

The Hancock Timber Resource Group, founded in 1985, is a division of Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc., a unit of Manulife Asset Management Private Markets. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 6.7 million acres of timberland in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Canada, New Zealand and Australia on behalf of investors worldwide. Additional information about Hancock Timber may be found at www.hancocktimber.com.