Executive Vice President and President of the Latin America region Oscar SCHMIDT will retire after a distinguished 26-year career with the company. He will step away from his executive position on December 31, 2020, and will stay on through the end of March 2021 to assist with the leadership transition.
Succeeding SCHMIDT as Regional President, Latin America, will be Eric CLURFAIN, Executive Vice President and Chairman, President and CEO of MetLife Japan K.K., subject to the necessary approvals. He will report to President and CEO Michel KHALAF.
CLURFAIN's career path has spanned numerous geographies and strategic leadership responsibilities. Prior to his current role, CLURFAIN was Regional Head for EMEA with oversight over the region's 25 markets. Previously, he was Regional Head for Central and Eastern Europe after serving as General Manager of MetLife in Turkey. Earlier in his career with AIG/Alico, CLURFAIN lived and worked in Latin America.
Succeeding CLURFAIN as Executive Vice President and Chairman, President and CEO of MetLife Japan K.K. will be Dirk OSTIJN, Head of EMEA, subject to the necessary approvals. OSTIJN will report to Executive Vice President Kishore PONNAVOLU, Regional President, Asia.
With more than 30 years of experience, OSTIJN's career encompasses all aspects of the life insurance industry, including product, finance, operations, customer service and technology. He also spent more than a decade managing insurance brokerage operations, served as a General Manager in Belgium and held regional roles such as chief financial officer and head of strategic initiatives.
Succeeding OSTIJN as Head of EMEA will be Nuria GARCIA, Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of EMEA. She will report to KHALAF.
GARCIA has more than 20 years of experience in EMEA spanning distribution, marketing, operations and finance, both with MetLife and GE.