METLIFE NAMES RUTH A. FATTORI CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND MARIA R. MORRIS HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY AND OPERATIONS
NEW YORK, January 11, 2008
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced today the appointments of Ruth A. Fattori as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and Maria R. Morris as executive vice president and head of technology and operations. Both Fattori and Morris will join MetLife’s executive group and report directly to C. Robert Henrikson, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. The appointments are effective January 14, 2008.
Fattori and Morris are taking over functions currently headed by Catherine A. Rein, senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer, who after a long and distinguished career at MetLife, is retiring on March 1.
Fattori, who is joining MetLife from Motorola, Inc., will oversee MetLife’s internal audit, ethics and compliance, real estate, procurement, security, global brand and marketing, human resources and communications functions. She will also serve as the chair of MetLife Foundation.
"I am very pleased that Ruth is joining MetLife," said Henrikson. "She brings a breadth of knowledge and experience both within and outside the financial services industry, which will be a great asset as we continue to grow domestically and internationally."
Before joining MetLife, Fattori held senior executive positions at a number of global organizations, most recently serving as executive vice president, human resources for Motorola, Inc. since November 2004. Prior to joining Motorola, she was senior vice president at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she was responsible for human resources, communications, productivity and quality for the global technology infrastructure group. Previously, Fattori also held senior roles at Conseco, Inc. and Siemens Corporation.
Morris, who joined MetLife in 1984, will oversee MetLife’s information technology function as well as the customer response & global operations support centers.
"Maria is an outstanding MetLife business leader," said Henrikson. "She has a solid operations background and is experienced in leveraging the power of information technology to drive business results. Maria also brings to her new role significant customer experience, which will be critical to her new responsibilities."
Since December 2005, Morris served as executive vice president, employee benefits sales within MetLife’s Institutional Business segment and oversaw a sales force that generates approximately $14 billion in annual revenues. From 2003 to 2005, Morris was senior vice president of group insurance sales and individual disability, responsible for MetLife’s small business center, group regional operations and individual disability sales.
MetLife, Inc. is a leading provider of insurance and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Through its domestic and international subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. reaches more than 70 million customers around the world and MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States (based on life insurance in-force). The MetLife companies offer life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals, as well as group insurance, reinsurance and retirement & savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. For more information, please visit www.metlife.com.
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