Goulart, Steven J.
Executive Vice President
& Chief Investment Officer
Steven J. Goulart is executive vice president and chief investment officer of MetLife, Inc. Named to this position in May 2011, Goulart oversees MetLife’s $450 billion general account portfolio and more than 650 investment and support professionals around the world.
Prior to becoming CIO, Goulart served as senior managing director and head of MetLife’s portfolio management unit since January 2011. He joined MetLife in 2006 to head the company’s mergers & acquisitions unit, and in July 2009 was also named treasurer. In these roles, he was responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s financial resources, including capital planning and financings, risk-based capital management, liquidity and cash management, international treasury and mergers and acquisitions. In both of these key finance positions, Goulart was integral to MetLife’s successful $16.4 billion acquisition of Alico in 2010.
At MetLife, Goulart oversaw the completion of financings exceeding $21 billion and more than fifteen strategic transactions, including the innovative tax-free split-off of MetLife’s majority stake in Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated, the acquisition of SafeGuard Health Enterprises, Inc.; AFORE Actinver, S.A. de C.V.; EverBank Reverse Mortgage LLC; and First Horizon Home Loans, as well as the sales of Texas Life Insurance Company and MetLife’s stake in MSI MetLife in Japan.
Over the course of his career, Goulart has led or participated in many transactions in the industry, including a number of insurance company demutualizations, equity and debt offerings and initial public offerings. Prior to joining MetLife, Goulart was a senior managing director in Bear Stearns’ financial institutions group. Prior to joining Bear Stearns in 2001, he was managing director in Morgan Stanley’s global insurance group, where he led U.S. client coverage of the industry and was responsible for primary investment banking relationships with many insurance and other financial services companies. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Goulart was managing director in the financial institutions group at Merrill Lynch, where he had been since 1984.
Goulart received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Pacific, where he was elected to the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame and served as a member of the board of regents. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.