MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced today that it has been named to the 2012 NAFE Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) for the seventh consecutive year. The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment.

"We are very proud to be honored by NAFE for the seventh consecutive year. Women hold many key senior roles in our organization, including on our board of directors and executive group," said Frans Hijkoop, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at MetLife. "The knowledge, experience and perspective they bring to their roles has been instrumental in shaping the direction and long term success of the company."

The 2012 NAFE Top 50 Companies application includes more than 250 questions on topics including female representation, hiring, attrition and promotion rates, access and usage of key retention and advancement programs. The application draws particular attention to the number of women at the highest ranks and those with profit-and-loss responsibility. To be considered, companies must have a minimum of two women on their board of directors as well as at least 500 employees in the U.S.

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972 serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses.Working Mother Mother magazine publishes the annual Top Companies and the Women of Excellence lists. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation. 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of NAFE.

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 50 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit


Emily Phillips