Maria R. Morris
Executive Vice President
Global Employee Benefits
and Interim Head of the U.S. Business
Maria R. Morris, executive vice president, MetLife Inc., is a member of MetLife's Executive Group and leads the company’s Global Employee Benefits (GEB) business. She is the interim head of MetLife’s U.S. Business.
In her role leading MetLife’s GEB business since 2012, Morris is responsible for expanding MetLife's employee benefits business in 40 countries, broadening relationships and fueling growth across the globe via local solutions and partnerships with multinational corporations and institutional distributors.
In her interim role as head of the U.S. Business, Morris leads MetLife’s Retirement Income Solutions; Group Benefits; MetLife Holdings; Property & Casualty; and U.S. Direct businesses. Combined, these businesses generate approximately 60% of MetLife Inc.’s total operating earnings.
Morris has served in multiple leadership roles at MetLife since joining the company in 1984. From April 2014 through January 2015, Morris also served as the interim Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Morris was responsible for continuing to strengthen MetLife's brand across the globe. Prior to her current role, she served as head of Global Technology and Operations, where she managed a $1.6 billion IT portfolio and a $2.5 billion procurement and real estate budget. In addition, she oversaw the successful integration of MetLife's $16.4 billion acquisition of American Life Insurance Company (Alico).
As MetLife's executive vice president for Employee Benefits Sales, Morris managed the Group Insurance and Retirement and Savings sales and service teams and generated more than $14 billion in annual revenue. She also served as vice president and head of MetLife’s Group and Individual Disability businesses, and led MetLife’s Dental business.
Morris is on the board of directors for MetLife Property and Casualty Insurance Company, the MetLife Foundation and the American Council of Life Insurers. In addition, Morris serves on the board of directors of S&P Global, Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic Charities of New York and serves as Board Vice Chair of the All Stars Project, Inc.
Morris holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Franklin and Marshall College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.