New additions follow launch of global advertising campaign and website

MetLife Investment Management (MIM), the institutional asset management business of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), today announced a number of new additions to its senior leadership group in the United States and Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), spanning investment, client, strategic and marketing functions.

Steve Goulart, president of MetLife Investment Management and executive vice president and chief investment officer for MetLife, said: “We have come a long way since we launched MIM in 2012. The addition of this talented group of senior leaders underscores our continued investment in MIM as we build our asset management capabilities across public fixed income, private capital and real estate. As our clients confront an evolving and challenging investment environment, we have a tremendous opportunity to serve them with tailored investment solutions that draw on our focused expertise and fiduciary culture.”   

David Starr has been appointed to lead MIM’s new Stable Value Investments platform within the Public Fixed Income group. With 30 years’ experience in stable value, Starr will be responsible for overall stable value investment strategy and will work closely with plan sponsors, consultants, stable value managers and insurance companies to deliver capital preservation solutions. Starr joins from PFM Asset Management, where he headed the company’s stable value strategy. Prior to PFM Asset Management, he held senior positions with Goldman Sachs and Dwight Asset Management Company. He will be based in Philadelphia, Pa.

Nigel Murdoch has been named head of Institutional Client Group, EMEA, responsible for driving investment strategy and solutions for MIM’s clients in that region. Murdoch was previously head of EMEA distribution at Martin Currie, and prior to that spent 14 years with BlackRock covering clients in the Middle East and Africa. He brings to MIM significant asset management expertise and deep relationships with asset owners in EMEA. Murdoch will be based in London, England.

Martin Smit has joined MIM as head of Strategic Planning & Business Management. Based in Whippany, N.J., Smit will be responsible for business strategy, corporate development and the execution of MIM’s key growth initiatives globally. He joins after 20 years at Voya Investment Management, Voya Financial and ING U.S. Investment Management, where he held a number of senior strategy, business development and client relations-related roles over the years.

Laura Manley has been appointed chief marketing officer for MIM. Manley joins after a 14-year tenure with BNP Paribas Asset Management, where she headed marketing for the Americas. During her time at BNP, she also led institutional marketing for the firm. She will be responsible for the development and execution of MIM’s institutional client marketing strategy, in close partnership with MIM’s Institutional Client Group. Manley will be based in Whippany.

In addition to these new appointments, MIM relaunched its website during the fourth quarter last year, and introduced a new global advertising campaign, “Institutional. But far from typical.TM” 

About MetLife Investment Management

MetLife Investment Management, the institutional asset management business of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), is a global public fixed income, private capital and real estate investment manager providing tailored investment solutions to institutional investors worldwide. MetLife Investment Management provides public and private pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, funds and other institutional clients with a range of bespoke investment and financing solutions that seek to meet a range of long-term investment objectives and risk-adjusted returns over time. MetLife Investment Management has over 150 years of investment experience and as of December 31, 2019, had $600.0 billion in total assets under management.1 For more information, visit

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 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit


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