Steven A. Kandarian is president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc., a leading provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs to 90 million customers worldwide. He became president and CEO on May 1, 2011 and also serves as a member of MetLife’s board of directors.
Kandarian joined MetLife in April 2005 as executive vice president and chief investment officer. He oversaw MetLife’s $450 billion general account portfolio and a number of initiatives that strengthened the portfolio, enhanced the company’s focus on effective risk management and contributed to the bottom line. Since 2007, he has also overseen MetLife’s enterprise-wide strategy.
Prior to joining MetLife, Kandarian was the executive director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from 2001 to 2004. Previously, he had a 20-year career in private equity and investment banking.
Kandarian is a board member of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation as well as a member of the Financial Services Forum and the Economic Club of New York. He received a B.A. from Clark University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.