Maria R. Morris
Executive Vice President
Global Employee Benefits
Maria R. Morris, executive vice president, MetLife Inc., is a member of MetLife’s Executive Group and leads the Global Employee Benefits and Global Relationship Management organizations. In this role, Morris is focused on doubling the company’s Group Life, Health, Pensions and Credit businesses outside of the United States by 2016. Morris is responsible for expanding MetLife’s employee benefits business in 40+ countries, and broadening relationships and fueling growth across the globe via partnerships with multinational corporations as well as through distribution relationships with financial institutions.
Morris has served in multiple leadership roles at MetLife since joining the company in 1984. 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. Under her direction, they achieved record sales and generated more the $14 billion in annual revenue. From 2000 to 2003, as vice president and head of MetLife’s Group and Individual Disability businesses, Morris nearly doubled Group Disability profits. From 1996 to 2000, she led the Dental business to a 200 percent increase in profits by transforming the organization’s operating model.
Morris is a member of the board of directors of MetLife Property and Casualty Insurance Company and the MetLife Foundation. She was elected the first female chairman of the board of directors for INROADS, Inc. and served from 2010 to 2013. Morris is currently the 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.