MetLife has appointed two seasoned international leaders to its Employee Benefits business to further enhance its offering to intermediary partners and focused customer segments in the Gulf.

Lilia Mokhtari will join MetLife in the Gulf as Head of Multinational and Key Accounts, while Matthew Le Belenger has been appointed as Head of Sales for the UAE. With combined experience of more than 25 years in the insurance industry, Lilia and Matthew bring a wealth of local and international expertise to MetLife’s Employee Benefits business.

Lilia joins MetLife from MAXIS Global Benefits Network. She has extensive business development and management experience and has held many senior roles in the past including responsibility for Business Development in MEA, Global Underwriting with a focus on Middle-East and Mediterranean markets and Marine P&C Underwriting for respectively MAXIS GBN in the UK, Generali in France and AIG in Italy.

Matthew, who joins from MetLife’s Australian business, will head up the team responsible for Employee Benefits sales with intermediary partners and clients in the UAE. Over the last 15 years, he has a successful track record in Financial Services, having worked across several business groups in Asia & Australia, including Group Insurance, Retail, Private Wealth, and Advice.

As the employee benefits industry rapidly evolves, influenced by technology, maturing healthcare outcomes, and increasing customer expectations, MetLife is committed to transforming its business through enhancing its product portfolio in the Gulf, where it has been providing employee benefits for over 65 years.

Andrew Stocker, Head of Employee Benefits for MetLife Gulf said: “We are investing in and evolving the end-to-end journey for our customers, while also focused on delivering increased value to our intermediary partners. Lilia and Matthew add experienced leadership to MetLife’s team, bringing their diverse experiences and perspectives on the market.”

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("MetLife"), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, 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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