Robert Henrikson


Chairman of the Board, MetLife

C. Robert (Rob) Henrikson is chairman of the board of directors of MetLife, Inc., a leading provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs to 90 million customers worldwide. He has served as chairman of the board since April 2006 and was MetLife’s chief executive officer from March 2006 through April 2011.

As CEO, Henrikson led MetLife to achieve record financial results, positioned the company to expand its leadership positions, and capitalized on emerging life, annuity and retirement markets around the globe. The company’s November 2010 acquisition of Alico was the largest in MetLife’s history and affirmed the company’s position as an insurance and employee benefits powerhouse by expanding its presence to more than 60 countries. Today, MetLife counts over 90 of the top one hundred FORTUNE 500® companies among its corporate clients and is the largest life insurer in the U.S. and Mexico. MetLife also holds leading market positions in Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For 2010, MetLife had $52.7 billion in revenue and ranks 46th on the FORTUNE 500®. MetLife was named by Forbes as the best managed insurance company in the U.S. for 2008.

In July 2010, Henrikson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Export Council, the principal national advisory committee on international trade. He is the former chairman of the Financial Services Forum and immediate past chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers. Henrikson is also a board member of The New York Botanical Garden, the New York Philharmonic, the Partnership for New York City, and is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. He is a board member emeritus of the American Benefits Council.

Henrikson received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. His dedication to both institutions continues, serving as chairman of the board of Wharton’s S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education and as a trustee of Emory University.

He resides in Connecticut with his wife of more than 30 years, Mary. They have two sons and two grandsons.