Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Susan Podlogar is MetLife’s chief human resources officer. She is an executive vice president and a member of the company’s Executive Group. She joined MetLife in July 2017 and oversees its global Human Resources strategies and practices with the goal of attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that creates value for MetLife customers and shareholders every day.
Before joining MetLife, Podlogar was global vice president of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson and a member of the Human Resources Executive Committee. During her 16 years with Johnson & Johnson, she held a series of sector and corporate leadership roles in Human Resources (HR) in which she introduced HR strategies and practices that helped strengthen the company’s business model, accelerate the pace of innovation and evolve its talent capabilities and culture.
During her tenure at Johnson & Johnson, Podlogar was also responsible for the company’s Global Total Rewards & Performance organization. In that role, she led the transition to new global compensation plans and the adoption of consistent performance and development standards for the company’s 128,000 employees. These changes better aligned pay and performance practices with behavioral and business outcomes. She also instituted progressive work-life practices to meet the needs of a changing workforce. In addition, she introduced new management tools, including an externally benchmarked organizational analytics unit that generated descriptive and predictive analyses of workforce attributes.
Earlier, she worked in HR roles at Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She started her career in 1987 at William M. Mercer, a global human resources consulting firm, as an analyst and consultant. Podlogar has been active in the Society for Human Resource Management throughout her career and currently serves on its Certification Commission. She is committed to mentoring the next generation of HR professionals and often lectures on HR subjects at universities.
She earned an MBA from the University of South Florida, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, also summa cum laude, with a double major in Labor and Industrial Relations and Business Administration.
Podlogar has long supported the arts and arts education, and served as a trustee of the State Theatre of New Jersey from 2010-2017.
She currently serves as a director on the board of MetLife Foundation. MetLife Foundation has a proud history of supporting a wide range of philanthropic causes globally.