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Executive Officer - Christopher G. Townsend

Christopher G. Townsend

Christopher Townsend

President, Asia
MetLife, Inc.

Christopher Townsend is president of MetLife's Asia region and a member of the company's Executive Group. Appointed to this position in August 2012, Townsend oversees all of MetLife's businesses and operations across 11 markets in Asia.

Since joining MetLife, Townsend has driven higher operating earnings contributions from Asia, as well as improved capital and cost efficiency. His focus has been on driving growth and differentiation through delivering on customer needs, fostering innovation and digital capabilities, and optimizing product portfolios and distribution channels to improve value.

Townsend has also led inorganic growth initiatives, expanding MetLife’s business to high-growth emerging markets through mergers and acquisitions.

Townsend’s career in the insurance industry spans over 25 years, covering Asia and Europe. Prior to joining MetLife, he held various chief executive and other senior executive positions at AIG, based out of London, New York, Singapore, Sydney, and Hong Kong. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific region, a business spanning 15 countries, where he helped drive capital optimization, cost efficiency, and above average returns on equity.

Townsend currently sits on the Board of Directors for MetLife's philanthropic organization, the MetLife Foundation, as well as the Board of the Japan Society. He also holds various advisory positions, serving as Advisor to the Asia Society, Commissioner on the Asia Economic Strategy Commission (AESC) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Vice Chairman of the US-Korea Business Council, and member of the international advisory council to the Guangdong Government. He is a Chartered Insurer.


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