HONG KONG – (BUSINESS WIRE) – MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced that Kishore Ponnavolu has been
appointed president of the Asian region of the company, with effect from 1 September 2018. He
will become a member of the Executive Group of the company, report to
Chairman, President and CEO Steven A. Kandarian, and are based in Hong
In addition, MetLife has announced that Rebecca Tadikonda has been named
Head of Strategic Growth Markets, Asia, also in force on 1 September 2018.
She will report to Ponnavolu and are based in Singapore.
Ponnavolu will directly oversee Japan, Korea, Australia and LumenLab,
Innovation hub of MetLife Asia. The markets for which Tadikonda will have
responsibility are Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Nepal
Ponnavolu is currently head of the Auto & Home activities of MetLife in the
United States, and Tadikonda is the Chief Strategy Officer of MetLife.
"Kishore has a proven track record in transformational leadership
engages customers, motivates employees and promotes profitable growth, "
Kandarian said. "These highly transferable skills make him entitled
leader for our big and growing business in Asia, and I have every one
confident that he will bring it to even higher levels of success. "
Kandarian added: "Rebecca is a world-class strategist who has helped
MetLife brings a course towards greater customer focus, efficiently
capital allocation and a more attractive portfolio of companies. With
her background that advises a range of companies in markets around the world
world, including Asia, it was the natural choice to accelerate value
creation in the region. "
Before Ponnavolu was the head of Auto & Home, he was the head of MetLife
Strategy Officer of 2011-2013. Before joining MetLife, he was a senior
positions at American Express, GE Money, McKinsey and Company, and
ON. Kearney Inc. Ponnavolu earned his doctorate in business
administration of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., and his
Master's and Bachelor's degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad,
Tadikonda joined MetLife as Chief Strategy Officer in 2014. Earlier,
she was a partner at Bain & Company and also fulfilled roles in marketing
at DHL Worldwide Express and VeriSign. Tadikonda has her master
degree in business administration from Stanford University and her
bachelor & # 39; s degree in economics at Dartmouth University.
In addition to her new duties, Tadikonda remains Chief Strategy
Officer until a replacement is named.
Within Auto & Home, Senior Vice President of Product Management Mick
Noland and Vice President of Claims Darla Finchum will act as interim
Co-heads of the company while MetLife conducts a search for Ponnavolu & # 39; s
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates
("MetLife"), is one of the world's leading financial services companies,
offering insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management
to help its individual and institutional customers navigate through them
changing world. MetLife was founded in 1868 and has activities in more than 40 years
countries and has leading market positions in the United States,
Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more
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