MetLife named its EMEA head as CEO of Japan unit

MetLife announced that Eric CLURFAIN, currently Executive Vice President and Head of EMEA, has been named Chairman, President and CEO of MetLife Japan - the company's second largest market globally and its largest retail life insurance business, effective Feb. 1, 2019, following approvals.

CLURFAIN is taking over the role from Sachin SHAH, who is leaving MetLife for an external opportunity. He will report to Kishore PONNAVOLU, President, Asia, and be based in Tokyo.

Taking over CLURFAIN's role as Head of EMEA will be Dirk OSTIJN, who is currently Senior Vice President, Head of Europe and Chief Executive Officer of MetLife Europe d.a.c. OSTIJN will report to Michel KHALAF, President, U.S. Business and EMEA, and continue to be based in Dublin. OSTIJN will oversee all of MetLife's businesses in the company's 26 EMEA markets.

CLURFAIN has more than two decades of insurance experience. He joined MetLife in 2010 as General Manager of MetLife in Turkey, where he played a critical role in reshaping the company's strategic direction to reach a market leadership position. He became Head of Central and Eastern Europe in January 2012 and was appointed Head of EMEA in July 2018. Eric previously held positions with United Healthcare and AIG, including several country and regional management roles in markets around the world.

OSTIJN joined MetLife in 2005 as CEO of MetLife Belgium and has held regional assignments as Chief Financial Officer of Europe/India, Head of M&A Western Europe, Head of Strategic Initiatives Western Europe, and Regional Head of Western and Central Europe. He began his career in 1989 at CITI where he spent 16 years in financial services in retail banking and insurance in roles covering several markets in Europe.

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