MetLife Taps Attorney From The Hartford as New General Counsel

December 18, 2012

MetLife Inc. announced Ricardo Anzaldua will join the company as general counsel, effective this week. He will report to CEO Steven Kandarian and become a member of MetLife’s executive group.

Based in New York, Anzaldua will lead the company’s global legal operations, and oversee MetLife’s government relations and public policy department, corporate secretary’s office and corporate ethics and compliance group.

He succeeds Nicholas Latrenta who, after a 43-year career at MetLife, announced earlier this year his plans to retire.

Anzaldua joins MetLife from The Hartford Financial Services Group where he was associate general counsel and senior vice president. At The Hartford, he provided counsel on commercial and consumer markets and served as legal advisor for the company’s group benefits business. He joined the company in 2007 as director, corporate law, and corporate secretary. He also co-chaired the diversity committee of The Hartford’s law department.

Prior to The Hartford, Anzaldua was corporate partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice areas included general corporate transactions, corporate governance, and negotiating international trade agreements.

MetLife is a global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

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