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The National Association for Female Executives Honors the 2011 Top Companies Dedicated to the Advancement of Women

NEW YORK, NY - March 17, 2011 – For the sixth consecutive year, MetLife has been named to the 2011 NAFE Top 50 Companies and 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment.

“We are so pleased to receive this recognition for developing the company’s future leaders,” said Kathleen Henkel, executive vice president of Human Resources for MetLife. “Earning this honor for six consecutive years speaks to our continued focus on helping associates advance their careers while leading fulfilling lives at home and in their communities.”

“NAFE applauds MetLife’s continued commitment to developing and retaining its talented women,” says Dr. Betty Spence, NAFE president. "We have been watching women move to top positions at the company in recent years and applaud the efforts that have made that possible."

NAFE measures areas including female representation, promotion rates, access to and usage of key retention and advancement programs, company culture and manager training and accountability. The application draws particular attention to the number of women at the highest ranks and those with profit-and-loss responsibility. To be considered for the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women, companies must have a minimum of two women on their board of directors as well as at least 500 employees in the U.S.

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. NAFE magazine publishes the annual Top Companies issue and the annual Women of Excellence issue. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media and Bonnier Corporation.

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 60 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For more information about MetLife, visit


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