SINGAPORE (June 11): Jill Smith, the vivacious CEO of Manulife US REIT’s manager, appears eager to explain that the REIT is very important to its sponsor Manulife, and also why she announced aggressive growth plans in February this year. 

“We’ve been described as [the jewel in ­Manulife’s crown]. We are pretty important,” she says at a recent breakfast meeting. 

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