Susan Podlogar is MetLife's chief human resources officer and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. She joined MetLife in July 2017 and oversees its global Human Resources strategies and practices with the goal of accessing, retaining and engaging a purpose-driven and energized workforce that creates value for MetLife's customers and shareholders.
Podlogar is focused on the readiness of the organization to meet future business needs. This includes fostering an environment where employees reach their full potential and using MetLife's purpose as the North Star for advancing the company's strategy. Podlogar was instrumental in establishing a Workforce of the Future Development Fund to prepare employees for future work needs. She also championed the signing of the Catalyst CEO Champions for Change Pledge and a partnership with the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change to accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion. Podlogar advocates for healthy work environments by creating an open dialogue about health and well-being, providing supportive programs for employees and their families, and partnering with One Mind at Work to implement mental health best practices.
Podlogar serves on MetLife Foundation's Board of Directors, a philanthropic organization advancing financial wellness around the globe. Given her passion for advancing the impact of HR, she mentors the next generation of talent and serves on the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Certification Commission. In addition, she has worked with the Aspen Institute, the U.S. Army, and other government and educational institutions around the world to provide thought leadership and perspectives on innovative HR practices. She also serves on the board of Tevogen Bio, a biotechnology company specializing in developing cell and gene therapies.
Previously, Podlogar served as the global vice president of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and as a member of the Human Resources Executive Committee. During her 16 years with J&J, she held a series of sector and corporate leadership roles in HR.
Podlogar earned an MBA from the University of South Florida, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, also summa cum laude, with a double major in Labor and Industrial Relations and Business Administration.