MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) today announced that Bill O’Donnell has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) for the U.S., succeeding Marlene Debel who was recently named executive vice president and head of the Retirement & Income Solutions business.

O’Donnell currently serves as executive vice president and MetLife’s chief accounting officer (CAO), a role he will continue until a successor is announced. O’Donnell has held numerous leadership positions over his 29-year career with the company. Prior to becoming CAO, he served as head of financial management reporting, CFO for MetLife’s Global Employee Benefits, and head of financial planning and projection for Latin America.

“I am delighted to welcome Bill to this important role,” said John McCallion, executive vice president and chief financial officer and treasurer, to whom O’Donnell will report. “Bill is a strong and disciplined leader and brings extensive finance and insurance experience to this role. I look forward to continuing to work with Bill.”

Until a new CAO is named, Heather Bertellotti Phelps will serve as interim U.S. CFO, while continuing in her role as senior vice president and CFO for Group Benefits. Phelps has extensive experience from her 25 years of service at MetLife. She has previously served as head of product and pricing within Group Benefits and several CFO roles within Finance.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("MetLife"), is one of the world's leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit


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